Environmental Licensing Supervisor (Solar Development/Agrivoltaics) - 1036 (Augusta)

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in Augusta, Maine, United States

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Environmental Licensing Supervisor (Solar Development/Agrivoltaics) – 1036 (Augusta)

Augusta , Maine , United States | Environmental & Energy | Full-time | Partially remote Apply by: March 4, 2024 Apply with Linkedin Apply


Opening Date:February 05, 2024Closing Date:March 04, 2024(EXTENDED)

Location:AugustaPosition #:00500-1036

Position Type:Full Time(Limited Period)*Class Code:9274

Grade/Salary: Grade 28 (Supervisory) – $61,838.40 – $84,427.20/Annually

BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION:Maine is working to meet the clean energy goals established in Maine Won’t Wait, the State’s climate action plan. Simultaneously, preserving Maine farmland for current and future generations is critical. Helping to balance these imperatives is the role of this Environmental Licensing Supervisor position. Recent legislation authorized the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) to grant permits to and levy mitigation fees on solar developments of five (5) acres or more that are proposed for high-value agricultural land (HVAL). Thislimited period*position will be responsible for finalizing and overseeing the program defining HVAL, collaborating with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to establish a mitigation structure pertaining to these lands, reviewing permit applications, issuing permits, and collecting mitigation fees.

The role is located within DACF’s Bureau of Agriculture, Food & Rural Resources and involves collaboration with colleagues at DEP, IF&W, and the Governor’s Energy Office, as well as engagement with agricultural and renewable energy stakeholders.

Responsibilities include:

+ Periodically drafting and updating policies, rules, programs, guidance, and technical resources surrounding solar energy siting on high-value agricultural lands.

+ Collaboration with state agency partners and other stakeholders to ensure an effective and successful program.

+ Reviewing applications and drafting licensing determinations.

+ Ensuring effective internal communications and coordination.

+ The position may supervise staff.

Preference will be given to candidates with the following skills or experience:

+ Knowledge of Maine agriculture and/or renewable energy.

+ Knowledge of applicable federal and state natural resource, environmental, and land use laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.

+ Knowledge of planning and research principles and techniques

+ Knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS)

+ Supervisory and management experience

+ Excellent verbal and written communication skills

+ Ability to design, establish, and implement policies, and programs.

+ Ability to analyze, interpret, and utilize complex technical and legal information.

For information specific to theposition,please contact Craig Lapine at or (207) 557-1623.

The position is located out of Augusta, Maine, with opportunities for remote/hybrid work in accordance with DACF policy.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Advanced education, training, and/or experience in environmental science or a related scientific field and demonstrated experience directing, assigning, and appraising work for project teams, analyzing and processing permits, applications, licenses, and technical information, and drafting policies, rules, regulations, and/or complex technical documents in a scientific and/or legal field. Experience as a team lead with caseload oversight is required.

HOW TO APPLY:Interested applicants will need to complete and submit an online State of Maine Direct HireApplication, along with a detailedResumeandCover Letterat:

Direct Hire Applicationforms can be obtained by accessing the NRSC website at:

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO APPLY ONLINE:Please mail the application materials listed in the “How to Apply” section to: Natural Resources Service Center, c/o Kristin McCamish, 32 Blossom Lane, Marquardt Building, Augusta, ME 04333-0155.


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 holidays, 12 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 leaveis one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child-including fathers and adoptive parents-receive forty-two (42) consecutive calendar days 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 aboutadditional 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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Job Posting: JC254890942

Posted On: Feb 07, 2024

Updated On: Mar 07, 2024

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