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DEPT. OF MARINE RESOURCES
MARINE PATROL OFFICER
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This is investigative and protective services work involving the enforcement of marine resource conservation law, rules, regulations, and other laws within the jurisdiction of the Maine Marine Patrol. Responsibilities include patrolling an assigned coastal area by land and aboard patrol vessels, protecting marine resources, coastal property, and the public; enforcing applicable laws; and investigating complaints and incidents.
In order to qualify, you must have a high school diploma or equivalent, be at least twenty-one (21) years of age by the time of appointment to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, unless the applicant has an associate's degree or 60 credit hours of post secondary education in which case the applicant must be at least 20 years of age. Candidate must have no criminal or extensive motor vehicle record. Proof of age (e.g. legible copy of birth certificate or driver’s license) and a copy of your high school diploma or equivalent MUST accompany your application.
LICENSING REQUIREMENT: You must have or be able to obtain a valid State of Maine motor vehicle operator’s license.
Because of the responsibilities and authority of a Marine Patrol Officer, the examination process is extensive, thorough, and time consuming. This process is conducted by the Department of Marine Resources. The examination process involves multiple evaluation phases including a Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and the Alert Test to be administered by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) in Vassalboro, Maine. A Screening Interview will be held at the Department of Marine Resources in Hallowell. Applicants must contact MCJA at (207) 877-8000 in order to schedule the Alert Test and PFT. The Alert Test is held at the Academy on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. A minimum passing score of 37 is required. The PFT is held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Applicants must score in the 40th percentile or above based on the Cooper Standards. Results of the Alert Test and PFT must accompany your application package (see application information). Completed application packages received will remain on file pending potential openings for August academy.
The Department of Marine Resources reserves the right to use any other selection devices necessary in order to identify those candidates who are most qualified.
You should be aware before starting the application process that you will automatically be eliminated for any of the following:
After a final interview, a job offer is made. Employment is contingent upon the outcomes of a physical examination, polygraph examination, psychological examination and swim test.
You must complete a State of Maine Direct Hire application form (here). Please use the Word (DOC) version (electronically fillable) if possible.
OR you can find the application at the Bureau of Human Resources in Augusta, all Maine Career Center Offices, or the State’s Web Page at www.Maine.gov by following the link to Jobs & Employment, State Government Jobs, Direct Hire Jobs, DIRECT HIRE application form (http://www.maine.gov/bhr/state_jobs/how_to/direct.htm). Please use the Word (DOC) version (electronically fillable) if possible.
Be as complete as possible in describing education, training, and work experience (paid and unpaid) on your application. Additional sheets may be used; however, information must be in the same format as shown on the application form. The completed application form, including results of the Alert Test and Physical Fitness Test, birth certificate, driver’s license, copy of high school diploma or equivalent, as well as proof of licensing/registration/certification, etc. must be sent to:
Department of Marine Resources
Telephone: (207) 624-6560, TTY: Maine Relay 711
PLEASE KEEP A COPY OF YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS. WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE COPIES OF SUBMITTED MATERIALS.
ALL INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE RETURNED.
Because of the responsibilities and authority of a Marine Patrol Officer, the examination and selection process is extensive and thorough. The complete testing process consists of multiple evaluation phases.
1) ALERT TEST: Applicants must have already taken and passed the ALERT Test prior to applying to the Department of Marine Resources for the position of Marine Patrol Officer.
The Alert Test may be scheduled by calling the Maine Criminal Justice Academy at (207) 877-8000. There is a $50 fee for this test. Testing is scheduled for the first and third Wednesday of every month at MCJA in Vassalboro. This test must meet MCJA’s minimum passing score for entrance into the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. Test Questions are multiple choice and fall within the categories of Writing Skills and Reading Comprehension.
2) PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST (PFT): Applicants must have already taken and passed the PFT within one year prior to applying to the Department of Marine Resources for the position of Marine Patrol Officer.
The PFT may be scheduled by calling the Maine Criminal Justice Academy at (207) 877-8000. There is a $35 fee for this test. Testing is scheduled for the first and third Wednesday of the month at MCJA in Vassalboro. The PFT is a pass/fail test. The PFT consists of three events: a one minute timed push-up test, a one minute timed sit-up test, and a 1.5 mile run. Standards for successful completion of the PFT are available upon request from MCJA.
3) APPLICATION EVALUATION: Completed applications received at the Department of Marine Resources will be held in order to be considered for the next Screening interview.
Applications are reviewed to verify that each candidate meets the established minimum requirements listed on the Career Opportunity Bulletin. Applicants who do not meet these requirements are disqualified from further consideration as candidates.
4) SCREENING INTERVIEW: To be held at a date to be determined.
All applicants successfully meeting the Minimum Requirements and passing the Alert Test and PFT will be scheduled for a Screening interview. Screening interviews are held in April and October. The Screening interview is a structured interview that evaluates applicant’s skills in the areas of Commitment & Independence; Judgment & Logic; Decision Making/ Decisiveness; Tact & Diplomacy; and Communication Skills. The Screening interview evaluation is based on a scoring system of zero to four, with zero being unsatisfactory and four being outstanding. Applicants must obtain a final converted score of 80 or higher to continue on in the testing process. The Screening interview counts as 100% of the final score and will determine the ranking structure of the Employment Register.
5) EMPLOYMENT REGISTER: To be established upon completion of the Screening interview.
Applicants who successfully pass all phases of the examination process will be placed on an Employment Register for this classification. Candidates remain active on this register for six months beginning on the date that the register is finalized. Names will be drawn from this register for INTERVIEWS as positions become open.
6) Applicants must then pass:
NOTE: Each component of the Marine Patrol Direct Hire examination process must be completed successfully. Failure to successfully complete a component will result in disqualification from further consideration.
A new Maine Marine Patrol Officer or trainee must:
Note: It is important to remember that MPO's work out of their homes and are on call 24 hours a day while on duty status. In addition, MPOs work weekends and at times are required to work extended hours. The hours and nature of the environment to which officers must subject themselves can effect family and social activities. Although the nature of the work is demanding and often challenging, the rewards acquired in this type of work can be substantial.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources is looking for highly-motivated, self-initiated individuals to fill vacant patrol positions along the coast of Maine.
For more information, please contact Pilot Steve Ingram.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
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