Local recruitment: Hydrogeologist  via Indeed

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Augusta, ME, USA 🇺🇸

Full Job Description


Opening Date:

January 3, 2023

Closing Date:

January 31, 2023



Position #:


Position Type:

Full Time

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28 $55,036.80- $74,131.20/Annually

The Maine Geological Survey in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry announces a Hydrogeologist vacancy. The Maine Geological Survey provides the people and businesses of Maine with essential geologic information about the land where we live and work. Our experienced geologists collect and summarize information about groundwater, mineral resources, surface deposits and bedrock materials, stability of coastal properties, and natural hazards such as storms, floods, landslides, and earthquakes. We continually expand and improve this information, which is presented in thousands of free web pages, and thousands of maps and publications, available both as free digital downloads and in paper formats.


This position conducts scientific projects as part of the Hydrogeology and Surficial Geology programs at the Maine Geological Survey. The position designs and carries out hydrogeologic investigations that ensure the full use and protection of available groundwater and surface water resources. Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting field mapping of aquifers and surficial geology, using knowledge of surficial and bedrock geology, glacial history, the geologic framework of the state, and principles of groundwater flow and storage. Compiling aquifer and surficial geology maps based on field data, remote sensing, knowledge of geologic materials and processes, groundwater principles, and geophysics including seismic refraction surveys.
  • Designing and executing groundwater investigations for select watersheds, including identification of subject areas based on knowledge of critical issues.
  • Measuring snowpack depth and groundwater levels and managing data as part of long-term monitoring programs.
  • Directing sampling and measurement activities for groundwater quality investigations. Compiling and analyzing data to characterize geochemistry within various aquifer environments.
  • Assessing the sustainability of water use through analysis of watershed data, water extraction data, and expertise with groundwater principles and modeling. Reviewing permit applications or reports involving water extraction from other state agencies, boards, or councils.
  • Aid in the development and use of groundwater models. This includes planning for necessary data collection, managing the data collection effort, organizing pertinent datasets, and understanding the development and calibration of groundwater models.
  • Writing technical, popular, and educational reports about geologic research, maps, water resources, water quality, and water use. Presenting geologic information to diverse audiences, including scientists, lawmakers, municipal officials, members of the public, and students.
  • Collaborating with scientists in other state and federal agencies and universities on groundwater quantity and quality investigations.
  • Ability to conduct research projects and present investigation results.
  • Ability to negotiate contracts and cooperatives.
  • Ability to design and install a statewide monitoring network.
  • Ability to write, edit, and review reports and publications

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS: Licensed as a Geologist in Maine within one (1) year from hire.

Minimum Qualifications: A Masters Degree in Geology or Hydrogeology with specialization in hydrology and/or water resource management, and three (3) years experience in geologic or hydrologic work at an administrative level responsible for project completion and financial and personnel management. Equivalent work experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, and equipment used in hydrogeologic investigations
  • Knowledge of geological mapping and the bedrock and surficial geology in Maine. Specifically,
  • Ability to understand computer modeling techniques and capabilities.
  • Use of GIS software to support data management, analysis, and presentation.
  • Field mapping expertise.
  • Knowledge of ground and surface water flow principles, and water chemistry.
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures, and ability to develop program policies and procedures
  • Ability to organize and direct the work of field and laboratory personnel.

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 holidays12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. 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 ($10,150.80-$11,942.16 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.

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.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development