Marine Resource Scientist I - 2244

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, United States

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Marine Resource Scientist I – 2244

Boothbay Harbor , Maine , United States | Marine Science | Full-time Apply by: Nov. 30, 2021 Apply with Linkedin Apply


Opening Date:November 5, 2021Closing Date:November 30, 2021

Location:W. Boothbay HarborPosition #:07200-2244

Position Type:Full TimeClass Code:9362

Grade/Salary:23 $44,907.20 – $60,548.80* (*includes 5.5% salary adjustment)

The Maine Department of Marine Resources is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Marine Resource Scientist I in the Education Division.

BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION: This position will act as the lead Aquarist for the Maine State Aquarium, a division within the Department of Marine Resources. The position will perform technical aquarium work caring for live specimens at the Maine State Aquarium. Responsibilities include applying aquarium science and techniques to the feeding and caring of aquatic animals; maintaining and monitoring water quality and life support systems; creating and maintaining displays for the Aquarium and its outreach programs and events; collecting and quarantining specimens. The position will remain current on marine issues pertinent to the DMR, and provide up-to-date information about Maine’s habitats, environmental changes, marine resources, and DMR research through services to teachers, students, and the public. Work is performed under the supervision of the Director of Education in the DMR Bureau of Marine Science.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s Degree in a scientific, technical, or engineering discipline, or equivalent in directly related work experience; and two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in the field of marine resource research and management or related field.


+ SCUBA certification and ability to dive using SCUBA

+ Ability to operate and generally maintain small boats and equipment for collecting specimens

Licenses or Certificates:

Valid driver’s license

Special Requirements:

Operation of County-owned vehicle.

Physical Demands:

Requires long periods of standing, frequent walking indoors, repeated bending, crouching, stooping, stretching or reaching; recurring lifting of objects up to 49 pounds.

Unusual Demands:

Required to work weekends and holidays.

Essential Job Functions:

Ensures animals are maintained in a healthy, humane manner. Cleans aquariums and associated plumbing, pumps, and filters. Performs emergency repairs to aquariums and life support systems.

Monitors life support systems to ensure proper functioning. Ability to troubleshoot some degree of issues, and when to notify supervisor/other divisions when otherwise necessary.

Provides adequate nutrition to a diverse living collection. Prepares food and dietary supplements. Conducts routine feeding. If necessary, cultures live foods for specialized diets. Prepares nutrients using sterilization techniques to allow production of large quantities of micro-organisms.

Creates and/or renovates new displays for the Aquarium and its outreach programs and events.

Collects and quarantines new animals. Conducts field collection of specimens in accordance with all permits and licenses. Handles and transports specimens.

Administers proper dosage of pharmaceuticals and other chemical agents to ensure recovery of stressed animals and the elimination of parasites.

Monitors and maintains adequate water chemistry in numerous separate aquarium systems. Maintains lab equipment.

Monitors supplies and chemicals and prepares purchase orders to ensure that adequate materials are always available to execute essential job functions.

Observes animals for signs of stress, disease, parasitism, or injury and administers appropriate treatments.

Maintains detailed daily logs on aquarium systems.

Trains and supervises seasonal staff, including seasonal Aquarist(s) and volunteers on all aquarist related duties.

Research, develop, and implement presentations, programs, and educational materials.

Performs related work as required.


November 30, 2021

Direct Hire Applicationforms can be obtained by contacting the NRSC Personnel Office at 624-6370 or by accessing the NRSC website at

Paper applications can be mailed to:

Noreen Hart


32 Blossom Lane

Augusta, ME 04330


The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits for full-time employees include: $14.60 for dental insurance; 13.16% of employee’s pay towards retirement; and, depending on the employee’s annual pay, at least 85% ($412.23) of health insurance premiums(more information is available here ( ). Participation in theHealth Premium Credit Program ( can increase state-paid health insurance benefits by 5%.

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Job Posting: JC196943040

Posted On: Nov 07, 2021

Updated On: Dec 03, 2021