Coastal Research Associate I

Augusta, ME 04330

Posted: 06/10/2024 Employment Type: Contract Industry: Talent Skills Job Number: EN230419610 Pay Rate: $20.08 / hour

Job Description

Coastal Research Associate IMaine Coastal Program Maine State Department of Marine Resources Full-timeHybrid, in-person portion based in Augusta, ME$20.08/hourThis is a temporary contract from July 1 – December 31 2024
Job Overview: The Maine Coastal Program is a partnership among local, regional, and state agencies for the purpose of managing Maine's coastal resources for the public benefit. Formerly a program of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, the Maine Coastal Program is now a Division of the Maine Department of Marine Resources. Through this networked program, no one agency or department is responsible for the entire coast. Rather, all partners help ensure its proper management. The result of this balanced approach is a healthier coast--and a better future for communities. The Planning & Research Associate I position will report to the Coastal Resiliency Specialist (Resource Management Coordinator) in delivering two priority projects over a 6-month employment term: analysis of coastal bluff stabilization impact on natural resources and habitat, and preparation of the 2026 – 2030 Maine Coastal Program Strategic Outlook, which sets priorities and strategies for management of coastal resources in Maine.Position Objectives:
  1. Data entry and analysis: Update existing databases with historical data, support integration of databases across agencies, assist in analyzing data, and potentially assist with data gathering in the field.
  2. Geospatial analysis: As part of an iterative process of geospatial data analysis, assist partner state agencies with exploring geographic trends in shoreline armoring and its effects on shellfish habitat, critical wildlife species, sediment dynamics, and other coastal issues.
  3. Interagency support: Attend meetings and offer technical assistance on database compatibility, transparency, analysis, and communication concerning coastal bluff stabilization.  
  4. Report compilation and writing: Support the Maine Coastal Program Coastal Resiliency Specialist in writing the next Strategic Outlook report with data compilation and copy writing.
  • Data entry of physical records of historical shellfish surveys in Maine, followed by preliminary analysis of cumulative impact of shoreline stabilization on shellfish habitat and stock. 
  • Report writing support and data mining for the Strategic Outlook, compiling information on Maine wetlands, coastal hazards, ocean resources, aquaculture, special area management, energy, marine debris, public access, and coastal development.
  • Work with GIS geospatial data to map, analyze, and understand relationships between shoreline armoring and coastal environmental impacts in Maine. 
  • Data entry and analysis of shoreline stabilization permit review and support for database compatibility between review agencies.
  • Support the Dept of Marine Resources, the Dept of Environmental Protection, the Dept of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, and the Dept of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry in efforts to enhance transparency and streamline interagency exchange of data related to coastal resilience. 
  • Potentially perform field work related to coastal hazards in Maine including but not limited to compiling case studies of shoreline stabilization efforts throughout the coast. 
  • Other responsibilities relating to the visualization, communication, and analysis of data as relates to Maine coastal management concerns within the Maine Coastal Program.
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in data analytics, geospatial analysis, environmental science, coastal management, or other relevant degree required. 
  • Demonstrated skill in data analysis, organization, and communication.
  • Strong problem-solving skills in manipulating data and drawing insights from large data sets.
  • Skill and familiarity in ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online.
  • Ability to read and code in RStudio. 
  • Knowledge and experience working in Excel, GitHub, RStudio, and ArcGIS. 
  • Strong writing and communication ability.
  • Ability to multitask projects and meet deadlines.
  • Car and ability to drive to potential field sites on the Maine coast. 
  • Computer required. 
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Additional 1+ years of relevant experience in data organization, analysis, and communication.
  • Additional experience in an ArcGIS coding language (e.g. Python).
  • Additional experience working in Oracle, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft SharePoint.
Location:Hybrid work with part-time presence at the Department of Marine Resources office in Augusta, ME. Occasional travel for field work possible. Schedule flexible.Compensation:$20.08/hour. Full-time.Start Date:This is a limited term position of 6 months with an ideal start date of July 1, ending December 31, 2024.

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