Ocean Career: Marine Resource Specialist

The Department of Marine Resources is seeking applicants to fill a Marine Resource Specialist II position that is critical to the operation of the Marine Biotoxin Monitoring Program in West Boothbay Harbor.

This is a technical service and scientific job requiring laboratory and field work for the Marine Resources Biotoxin Monitoring Program. Laboratory work includes general laboratory duties such as sample handling, preparations and extractions, phytoplankton counting, maintaining and calibrating laboratory equipment, clean up, adhering to the laboratory quality assurance plan and other lab support functions. Field work involves coordinating sample pick-ups with industry; land-based sampling and occasional at sea sampling to collect molluscan bivalve shellfish and phytoplankton samples. Additional duties include GIS work, database management, and phytoplankton volunteer training and coordination. The Specialist will assist the Marine Resources Water Quality Program in ocean, stream, and pollution source sample collection and shoreline survey duties as needed. Field work is often accomplished without close supervision; however, it is performed according to specific detailed procedures. The Specialist will instruct seasonal employees in work duties.

The amount of time the Specialist will spend in the field is at least 50%, however, time spent in the laboratory or field is variable and depends on the needs of the program. Irregular work hours are common as field work is low tide dependent. Also, flexibility in scheduling is mandatory as weekend work and after-hours work may be required.


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

Preference will be given to applicants with phytoplankton identification experience.


The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits for full-time employees include: $14.60 for dental insurance; 14.11% of employee’s pay towards retirement; and, depending on the employee’s annual pay, at least 85% ($400.34) of health insurance premiums (more information is available here). Participation in the Health Premium Credit Program can decrease the employee’s cost of health insurance by 5%.

Interested applicants need to complete and submit an online State of Maine Direct Hire Application, along with a detailed Resume and Cover Letter.

If you are unable to apply online, Direct Hire Application forms can be obtained by contacting the NRSC Personnel Office at 624-6370 or by accessing the NRSC website.

Application deadline: April 29, 2021
Location: W. Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Grade/Salary: $16.70 – $22.15 (Includes 5.50% stipend)

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