Marine Resource Specialist II - 2411

Maine Department of Economic and Communuity Development

Maine Department of Economic and Communuity Development

Boothbay Harbor, ME, USA
Posted on Friday, November 3, 2023



Opening Date:
November 02, 2023
Closing Date:
November 30, 2023
West Boothbay Harbor
Position #:
Position Type:
Full Time
Class Code:
Grade 19 - $38,334.40 - $51,084.80/Annually*
*(This includes the 5.5% Salary Adjustment)


The Maine Department of Marine Resources is seeking a full time Marine Resource Specialist Il in the Bureau of Marine Science, Biological Monitoring and Assessment Division. 


BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION: This is a field and technical position based out of Boothbay Harbor and will be responsible for field work coast-wide in the lobster and scallop programs as well as data entry, data management, and maintenance of field and lab equipment. 

•    Data collection on commercial fishing boats for the lobster At-Sea Sampling Program and Ventless Trap Survey with associated data entry and data checking from those trips. 
•    Assisting the Scallop Program on dredge surveys, sometimes acting as the lead field sampler. 
•    Working about eight months per year in the lobster program and four months in the scallop program. 
•    Conducting 6-8 at-sea sampling trips per month during the peak lobster field season (May-Nov). During the winter months (Dec-April), the position will complete limited lobster sampling trips and assist with scallop surveys and phone interviews. 
•    Assisting other programs when available and as needed (i.e., Urchin Port Sampling, Inshore Trawl Survey). 
•    Interacting with commercial fishermen and the public. 

While not conducting field work, the employee is expected to work in the Boothbay office, with the option for remote work three days a week. Field work may require working on weekends. The position is eligible for overtime if required to complete the field work.

Work is performed under general supervision.  Travel in-state is expected and costs including time, per-diem and lodging will be covered directly or reimbursed.  

•    At-sea work experience and the ability to work independently under physically challenging conditions.
•    Prior experience or ability developing relationships with fishing industry members. 
•    Familiarity with MS Access, ArcGIS and R or other statistical programs. 
•    Comfort with computer hardware and relational databases are desirable.
•    SCUBA diving certification with experience in cold water is also desired. 
•    Additional qualities must include strong interpersonal, communication, and computer skills. 
•    A demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at the same time with high attention to detail. 
•    The ability to work effectively with minimal supervision. 
•    Willingness to travel.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Five (5) years experience and/or education in the compilation and summarization of scientific field and laboratory data to include a minimum of one (1) year of experience in natural resource science, management, technology, laboratory, or field work.


No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

  • Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave. 
  • Health Insurance Coverage– The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($9,893.52-$11,057.52 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.  
  • Health Insurance Premium Credit– Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements
  • Dental Insurance– The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value). 
  • Retirement Plan– The State of Maine contributes 13.41% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.  
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement– Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense. 
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts– Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses. 
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness– The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office
  • Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.
  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation– Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions. 
  • Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness


There's a job and then there's purposeful, transformative work.  Our aim is to create a workplace where you can learn, grow, and continuously refine your skills. Applicants demonstrate job requirements in differing ways, and we appreciate that many skills and backgrounds can make people successful in this role.

As an Equal Opportunity employer, Maine State Government embraces a culture of respect and awareness.  We are committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all team members, and our process ensures an inclusive environment to applicants of all backgrounds including diverse race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, familial status or genetics. 

If you’re looking for a great next step, and want to feel good about what you do, we’d love to hear from you.  Please note reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.


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