Senior Planner - Technological Hazards Program

Augusta, Maine, United States Full-time

Opening Date:   December 4, 2018

Closing Date: December 21, 2018 

Job Class Code: 0603

Grade: 25
Salary: $42,286.40 - $57,428.80 

Department:  Defense, Veterans & Emergency Management

JOB DESCRIPTION:  This is a professional services position in researching and developing plans, policy and providing program oversight, direction and management within the Technological Hazards Program Unit at Maine Emergency Management Agency.  This Senior Planner position oversees regulated Federal and State preparedness programs related to hazardous material and radiological hazards to promote chemical and nuclear emergency preparedness and prevention through collaboration and planning. Work is performed under the direction and supervision of the Division Director for Operations and Response.  Supervision may be exercised over subordinate planners within unit. Both external and on-the-job training available. Statewide travel is required. 


  • Ensuring compliance with the development of State, county, and local emergency plans, notification procedures, incident response and reporting requirements as well as the monitoring of planning activities required by the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act (SARA) Title III and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). 
  • Managing and providing direction and membership to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)
  • Assisting the 16 Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) to ensure comprehensive and effective response readiness. Oversee the LEPC Hazardous Emergency Operations Plan submittal and approval process and cycle to ensure minimum standards are being met and sufficient information is included to determine that an effective response capability exists.
  • Managing a diverse level of statewide training needs and opportunities to include developing contracts with outside vendors, working with industrial trade groups, other State and Federal agencies and soliciting instructors to offer training to regional teams, first responders, and emergency planners.
  • Administering federal grants to implement training and planning programs that address statewide technological hazards needs based on demographics, emergency response capabilities, commodity flow studies, and hazard risk analysis.
  • Overseeing Environmental Protection Agencies Statewide Tier II chemical reporting and submission process working directly with industry to report on the storage, use and releases of hazardous substances
  • Directly supporting state Hazardous Materials response teams, both Regional Response Teams (RRTs) and Decontamination Strike teams (DSTs) via funding, equipment, training and overall program management.
  • Coordinating state Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program   to provide state, local, and tribal governments with relevant planning, training, policies and guidance necessary to ensure that adequate capabilities exist to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from incidents involving commercial nuclear power plants.  Work is conducted in close collaboration with the Maine Radiological Control Program.
  • Developing, coordinating, reviewing and implementing the State of Maine Radiological Emergency Response Plan to ensure appropriate response to an uncontrolled radiation release.
  • Reviewing, compiling and evaluating intelligence data in connection with nuclear, manmade, and hazardous materials storage statewide in order to determine compliance, recommend solutions and proper allocation of personnel and vital resources as needed.
  • Collecting, analyzing, and presenting reports, facts, and financial statistics relevant to the SERC, REP, LEPC’s and applicable teams and programs to ensure comprehensive and effective response to hazardous material emergencies throughout the State of Maine.
  • Developing and managing budgets for SERC, REP and response teams.  Research and purchase equipment for Hazmat teams including instrumentation, PPR, decontamination, and response and cleanup equipment. 
  • Supporting the State of Maine and bordering states by providing Emergency Management support during disasters as needed, specifically in relation to technological hazards by staffing State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) including tests, drills, exercises and real-world events.
  • Maintaining records to include capital items, rosters, training deliverables and other support records as needed
  • Providing reliable and professional customer service


  • Knowledge of grant application, contractual agreements and funding procedures
  • Knowledge of emergency management and hazardous material response and program principles and practices
  • Knowledge of the laws, rules, and regulations applicable to assigned specialty area to include emergency planning and reporting requirements
  • Knowledge of hazardous materials/WMD training and available state and local resources
  • Ability to develop, plan, set, and administer program goals and objectives
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups including elected and appointed officials, emergency management directors, fire and law enforcement chiefs
  • Ability to evaluate and analyze planning problems and recommend solutions
  • Ability to prepare clear and comprehensive plans, reports and recommendations
  • Ability to communicate effectively across all communication mediums
  • Ability to plan, oversee and evaluate work of subordinate personnel
  • Ability to work flexible hours, evening and weekends as necessary

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:  A Bachelor’s Degree in assigned area and at least 5-years combination of education, training, and/or experience providing a knowledge of the principles of research and planning or other closely related field – OR – an equivalent combination of related military or civilian experience and/or training. 

Preferred candidates will have technological hazards response experience and/or Incident Command System qualifications in the area of Operations and Response.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants need to apply online by selecting the "Apply for this opening" button along with uploading a cover letter, current resume, copies of post-secondary transcripts, licensing, registration and certifications.  If you require a paper application, please contact Human Resources at 623-6700

Contact Information: 

Mary-Jayne Monroe, Human Resources, at (207)623-6736 or


The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement Contribution: 15.37% of pay for bargaining unit positions 

The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $13.13 biweekly.

The value* of State-paid Health Insurance:  

 90% State Contribution = $400.21 biweekly / Employee pays:10% = $44.47 biweekly

 *The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee's wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium payment.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.