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May 21, 2018

Help wanted at Maine's parks and historic sites

Maine's labor shortage is affecting the state's parks and visitor sites.

The state Bureau of Parks and Lands, which manages 48 parks and historic sites, wants to fill the following jobs: park ranger, assistant park ranger, customer representative assistant, lifeguard, lifeguard supervisor and laborer. Most are seasonal positions.

Gary Best, acting regional manager for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Bureau of Parks and Lands, said in a press release the bureau has "scores of job opportunities in some of the most picturesque settings in Maine."

Love of the outdoors might mitigate the pay rate, which is some cases is a notch above the state's minimum wage of $10.10 an hour. With the state's unemployment rate at its lowest level in four decades, at 2.7% through March, there is stiff competition for qualified workers.

According to the state's job web site, a customer service representative assistant level-one position pays $10.38 an hour for a 40-hour week. Park ranger positions pay an hourly wage of $12.57 to $16.32 for a 40-hour week. Lifeguards earn $11.09.

A list of Maine's parks and historic sites can be found here.

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