Resource Biologist – Beginning with Habitat

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Opening posted: 06/13/2022 | Expires: 06/27/2022

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The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is seeking to fill a Wildlife Biologist vacancy in the Augusta Headquarters.

BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION: This position assists the Beginning with Habitat program coordinator in working with municipalities, land trusts, landowners and other Department partners in fulfilling the program’s non-game conservation objectives including priorities identified in the State Wildlife Action Plan. The resource biologist is the primary position responsible for producing maps, digital data, documents, and responding to information requests for the Beginning with Habitat program as well as assisting with other GIS-related duties in the bureau, such as digitizing field collected resource data, providing technical support to staff, updating habitat databases, and making maps for other Department programs and special requests.  Close collaboration and communication with BwH partners is essential.

The biologist responds to public inquiries and data requests and provides essential technical assistance to the public regarding interpretation of critical wildlife and fisheries information.  The biologist will assist with the implementation of several ongoing Department efforts, such as a review of MDIFW’s focus areas of statewide significance and assisting land protection staff. While not a primary duty, and depending on expertise, this position may be asked to assist staff biologists with resource identification, habitat evaluation and data collection.

Preference will be given to those that have strong interpersonal and organizational skills as well as professional experience directly related to GIS analysis, map making, and communicating scientific information to non-technical audiences.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  A Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Fisheries/Wildlife Management, or related field -AND- Completion of a specialized training program in GIS applications and use of relational databases, graphic aids and mapping tools -OR- at least two (2) years’ experience using GIS.

Specific duties (include, but are not limited to):

  • Create and update maps, data, and other documents for the Beginning with Habitat program.
  • Perform spatial analyses with guidance from BwH team
  • Maintain mapped data on the Beginning with Habitat website
  • Respond to and process requests for Beginning with Habitat maps and digital data
  • Research, digitize, compile, and update spatial data, attribute data, and associated metadata
  • Assist with other GIS-related tasks as assigned in the Department, including helping individual staff in the use of Arc.
  • Perform routine maintenance on and troubleshoot problems with plotters and other printing devices (i.e., changing ink cartridges and paper rolls, cleaning print heads, etc.)Provide technical expertise and recommendations to the BwH GIS subcommittee and Steering Committee
  • Assist in presenting information to Beginning with Habitat partners and the public at meetings and in writing
  • Participate in Beginning with Habitat and bureau planning efforts

Preference will be given to applicants possessing the following skills:

  • Required: Specialized training, or at least two years’ experience in using ArcMap, ArcPro, ModelBuilder, , spatial  databases,  and map production.
  • Required: Knowledge of cartographic principles and graphic design standards
  • Knowledge of ecological principles and nomenclature related to conservation planning and mapping.
  • Experience applying GIS tools for data analysis, such as weighted modeling
  • Experience producing and maintaining online web maps and story maps
  • Experience maintaining and updating website pages
  • Ability to operate and perform routine maintenance on plotters
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with a broad array of audiences and stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently with moderate supervision
  • Ability to perform repetitive, map-making tasks while maintaining accuracy
  • Familiarity with Maine’s land use laws and how they apply to wildlife and fisheries conservation
  • Familiarity with municipal government planning processes
  • Basic familiarity with Maine’s flora and fauna, habitats, and natural communities
  • Familiarity with the State Wildlife Action Plan and current conservation issues and priorities

Supplemental Questions: In addition to filling out the standard application form, please address each of the following items to aid in applicant screening and selection.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.

1.   Please describe your experience and proficiency with ArcGIS, specifically ArcPro, ModelBuilder or Python, Arc annotation functions, and Arc Online and other web applications.

2.   Please describe your familiarity with Maine flora, fauna, and natural communities

3.   Briefly describe your experience and success with outreach efforts related to wildlife, fisheries, or other natural resources through working groups, presentations, and other outreach tools, involving partners of varied backgrounds.

4.   Please describe your experience in natural resources planning and with local, state, and federal environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

5.   Please describe any additional skills or qualities that you possess that you feel would help you in this position.

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 13.16% 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 leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks 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 about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness. 

HOW TO APPLY:  Interested applicants need to complete and submit an online State of Maine Direct Hire Application, along with a detailed Resume. Cover Letter and Supplemental Question Response @





Direct Hire Application forms can be obtained by contacting the NRSC Personnel Office at 624-6370

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.