Tri-State Staffing
225 Western Ave.
Augusta, Maine
(207) 622-0470


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Conservation Aide in Marine Resources

May-December 2024/ $18.00 hourly Location is Augusta
Two Full-time seasonal positions

The Maine Department of Marine Resources, Bureau of Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat established to protect, conserve, restore, manage, and enhance diadromous fish populations and their habitat in all waters of the State; to secure a sustainable recreational fishery for diadromous species; and to conduct and coordinate projects involving research, planning, management, restoration or propagation of diadromous fishes.

Two full-time seasonal conservation aide positions to assist with the trap and truck operations on the Kennebec River. Responsibilities of this position includes: responding to notification of Atlantic salmon captures in a timely manner, collecting biological data and transporting fish in accordance to standard operating procedures. Other responsibilities include: maintenance and upkeep of equipment including tanks, trailer and sampling equipment, entering biological data into ME-DMR database via electronic data entry form, mounting scales, labeling and preservation of tissue samples and accurate fish identification. Flexibility for working evenings, weekends and holidays is necessity. A clean driving record and a class C license are required.


•Operation of a truck and trailer
•College-level coursework or equivalent experience in the natural sciences field
•Class C license and clean driving record.
•Northeast fish identification skills
•Experience with Microsoft products – particularly Access/Excel

Contact Email

Please submit your resume, contact information for at least two references, and a cover letter outlining your interest and starting availability by April 19th.

Email: with the subject line of "DMR – Kennebec Trap and Truck"
Mail: Tri-State Staffing, Inc. Attn: DMR – Kennebec Trap and Truck, PO Box 2182, Augusta, ME 04338-2182

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Jennifer Noll at the Department of Marine Resources at or 207-592-2402.

MRIP Field Technicians in Maine

4 Positions of Varying Duration: 2 run April 22 - November 1, 1 runs May 27 – November 1, 1 runs June 24 - November 1 (most with one month at half time)
OPEN until filled, all require 3 days of training

Tri-State Staffing will be hiring full-time, with 1 month at halftime, seasonal positions to assist the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Recreational Fishing Program with the collection of information and long-term monitoring programs on commercially and recreationally important marine resources and their fisheries. Data from these studies are used in fishery stock assessments and for fishery management decisions.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Tri-State Staffing is seeking to fill four variable seasonal positions assisting the Maine Department of Marine Resources from April to November to assist in conducting recreational saltwater fishing surveys. Work includes in-person surveying of anglers for participation, catch, and effort data, shore-side and possibly on head boat trips; surveying shark/tuna-permitted boat captains; and possibly assisting in a phone-based survey of fishing charter and head boats.
This is technical work requiring field skills relevant to marine sciences, with collection and recording of data for resource management. Field work is performed independently according to highly detailed procedures for gathering and recording a range of data.
Extensive daily travel in coastal areas of Maine, primarily from Bath to Kittery, is required. A biweekly meeting at DMR in Boothbay Harbor will be required. Weekly hours will vary, though effort will be made to distribute assignments that support full or part-time status. The work week is highly variable and includes Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and two to three weekdays off. Daily work hours often extend beyond normal 8am-5pm work hours and is in all types of weather, from inclement to blue sky days, high heat to chill.

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants living in mid or southern coastal Maine or along the Rte 95 or Rte 295 corridors from Augusta southward are situated well for this work. Applicants should feel comfortable initiating conversation with the public and conducting work independently as part of a network of survey staff. Candidates must demonstrate strong oral and interpersonal skills; be reliable, positive, organized, communicative, alert, and easygoing with the public and other staff; have basic knowledge of field and survey techniques; exhibit attention to detail and accuracy; be able to identify and handle Gulf of Maine fish species; have proficient computer skills and experience working with online software applications; and have legible handwriting. Experience on offshore boats (not prone to seasickness) is preferred.

A background check is required before employment. Candidates must have an active non-conditional driver’s license recognized as valid in the State of Maine and held such a license for at least one year; have a valid, clear, and safe driving record.

Contact Email

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please submit resume, cover letter, and three references to subject line DMR MRIP Field Technician or submit by mail to: Tri-State Staffing, Inc. Attn: Maine DMR- MRIP, PO Box 2182, Augusta, ME 04338-2182.
For questions about the job duties or application process please contact:
Chris Uraneck, or call or text at (207) 350-6040.
(open until filled)

Hydrographer in West Boothbay Harbor

March - December 2024 Full-time $30 hourly
The hydrographer will be responsible for running the multibeam echosounder (MBES) sonar system during vessel-based survey operations to collect seafloor sonar and backscatter data in offshore priority mapping areas. The hydrographer may also assist with data processing, QA/QC, data packaging for submission to federal data portals, and technical reporting if time allows. The hydrographer will help train summer survey staff on sonar operations, and will serve as team lead
on multi-day survey operations.

The main duties of this hydrographer position are to operate the MBES system (Kongsberg EM2040C or EM2042) using Qinsy/QPS software, and communicate with the vessel captain to efficiently conduct the sonar surveys. The hydrographer will provide technical expertise to troubleshoot equipment and software issues
associated with multibeam data collection. The hydrographer will also serve as on-vessel leader for the team of wildlife observers and sonar techs during continuous vessel operations on multiday trips. If time allows, the hydrographer will provide post-processing services for data collected, including generating BAG files and other digital mapping products, bathymetric and backscatter reports, building data packages for submission to NOAA, and creating technical reports.

Preference will be given to applicants with knowledge of and experience with
bathymetric mapping, and college-level coursework or equivalent experience in oceanography and marine geology, with knowledge of geodesy especially desired. The successful applicant must have demonstrated experience collecting multibeam echosounder data using hardware and software similar to that described above. Demonstrated experience in technical troubleshooting and hardware/software systems integration is required. Preference is also given to applicants with
experience in post-processing MBES datasets, and familiarity with NOAA standards and
guidelines for hydrographic survey and with IHO S-44.

Contact Email

Please forward your resume and cover letter to the above email.

Any questions should be directed to Jesse Minor at:

Burnt Island Educator in Boothbay Harbor

Mid-June through August
40 hours per week including weekends and holidays, $17 hour
Minimum 18 years of age
Housing will be provided.

The Burnt Island Caretaker will provide a welcoming a safe experience for visitors to Burnt Island. Burnt Island is located 1 mile outside of Boothbay Harbor and is accessed only by boat. The island is home to the Burnt Island Lighthouse which was built in 1821. The lighthouse now serves as a museum and is open to the public throughout the summer months. An Education Center on the island is used by various group for educational opportunities throughout the season. There is a trail that circles the five acres island, a beach and a rocky area that is perfect for tide pooling.

•Coastal boating experience
•Outstanding communications skills
•Energy and enthusiasm for regular public interaction
•Problem solving skills
•Ability to work independently
•Trail and grounds maintenance
•Time management skills

Job Duties:
*Greet visitors and provide a positive visitor experience
*Provide lighthouse tours
*Document visitor/use information
*Maintain clean public areas
*Maintain gardens, lawn and trails
*Perform light maintenance tasks

•Ability to give clear, concise, dynamic, positive public presentations through relevant public speaking experience
•Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
•Strong interpersonal communication skills
•Ability to work in dynamic, fast paced environment and make quick decisions
•Demonstrate responsibility & self-initiative with minimal direction, and also ability to work in team setting
•Demonstration of positive customer service skills
•Must have valid driver’s license and boating experience
•Requires long periods of standing, climbing ladders, repeated bending, stretching or reaching; work in rough, uneven, and wet terrain; exposure to cold temperatures
•Ability to represent DMR in professional manner

Contact Email

Please forward your resume to the above email with "Educator" in the subject line.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Burnt Island Coordinator, Bethany Trussell at