Environmental Specialist IV - 1900 (Portland)

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

Job Description

Environmental Specialist IV – 1900 (Portland)

Portland , Maine , United States | Environmental & Energy | Full-time | Partially remote Apply by: June 10, 2024 Apply with Linkedin Apply


Opening Date:May 16, 2024Closing Date:June 10, 2024

Location:PortlandPosition #:08300-1900

Position Type:Full TimeClass Code:9254

Grade/Salary: Grade 26 (Supervisory) – $57,969.60 – $78,852.80/Annually *

  • This is earning potential over the course of eight steps; new hires generally start at step one. Annual step increases are dependent on obtaining successful performance reviews and the authorization to issue such increases.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking candidates for an Environmental Specialist IV position within the Division of Environmental Assessment, Bureau of Water Quality.

BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION:This position coordinates activities of the Maine Healthy Beaches (MHB) program. It serves as the primary liaison to local beach stakeholders and oversees the implementation of monitoring, assessment, and public notification for approximately 60 marine beaches (Kittery to Mount Desert Island). Duties include: training professionals and volunteers; providing ongoing support and technical assistance on sampling procedures, beach postings, and management decisions; developing and maintaining protocols and supplemental materials; collaborating with laboratories; ensuring that quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) objectives are met; serving as a point of contact for public inquiries; developing and distributing education/outreach materials and reports; delivering presentations to diverse audiences; and managing the program budget. Additional duties may include engaging in applied research partnerships and providing support for source tracking monitoring efforts. The position supervises one full-time staff, the MHB Program Specialist, and one annually hired Maine Conservation Corps Environmental Steward.

For more information on the specifics of the position, please contact Meagan Sims at (207) 530-2518

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:An eight (8) year combination of education and/or experience in environmental science or related area which includes at least two (2) years of supervisory or program management/administration experience. Qualifying education must include at least 15 credit hours of science or engineering coursework.

Preference will be given to candidates withthe following skills or experience:

+ Knowledge and understanding of biological principles, particularly those pertaining to water quality for fresh and marine waters.

+ Strong written and oral communication skills, including experience writing technical reports, delivering presentations, and facilitating meetings.

+ Strong organizational abilities with great attention to detail.

+ Experience coordinating and training volunteers.

+ Experience with data management, including data quality assurance/control protocols.

+ Ability to adapt and respond appropriately to multiple simultaneous demands and prioritize tasks appropriately.

+ Ability to provide exceptional customer service in a fast-paced work environment.

+ Ability to provide effective supervisory support and successfully collaborate with other DEA teams and partner organizations.

This position will have flexibility to work remotely, consistent with Department policies.

HOW TO APPLY:Interested applicants will need to complete and submit an online State of Maine Direct HireApplication, along with aCover Letter,anddetailedResume at:

*Please include Position #08300-1900 on application

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 ($10,523.28-$12,380.40 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find thepremium 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: JC260018677

Posted On: May 18, 2024

Updated On: Jun 13, 2024

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