[MARMAM] Hawaiian Monk Seal Field Research Positions for 2010

Thea Johanos-Kam Thea.Johanos-Kam at noaa.gov
Mon Jan 4 15:59:56 PST 2010


The Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) works 
closely with The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Pacific 
Islands Fisheries Science Center through a cooperative agreement with 
the University of Hawaii, and will be accepting applications for the 
upcoming 2010 field research season to study the endangered Hawaiian 
monk seal in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. This work is part of a 
long-term annual Hawaiian monk seal population monitoring and 
conservation program by NMFS which includes: conducting trend counts; 
tagging seals; identifying individual seals by tags, scars, natural 
markings, and applied bleach marks; monitoring reproduction, survival, 
injuries, entanglements, migration, performing necropsies; collecting 
scat & spew samples for food habitat, parasite load, and hormonal 
analysis; collecting tissue samples for DNA analysis; collecting & 
removing debris capable of entangling seals and other wildlife. Behavior 
data are also collected at some sites. In addition, researchers will 
periodically handle, weigh, and administer de-worming medication to 
immature seals at some sites in an effort to increase seal condition and 
survival by removing parasite loads. For general information about the 
program, visit this website:

http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/psd/

Employment will be from mid-April to early September, though some 
positions will continue until mid/late September. The number of 
positions and/or continuation of the program is subject to funding.

The first 3 weeks of employment are spent in Honolulu training and 
packing, and the final weeks are also spent in Honolulu to clean up gear 
and summarize data. Travel to Honolulu and food and lodging while in 
Honolulu are not provided; a listing of potential housing options is 
available. Transportation between Honolulu and the field site, and food 
and lodging in the field are provided.

Field work is accomplished by 2-5 member teams in remote camps.  
Researchers live in either wall tents or buildings at the various 
sites.  All sites are accessible by ship (2-8 day travel; 830-2,300 km 
from Honolulu), and two are accessible by plane. Few supply 
opportunities exist and outside communication is limited.

Employment will be provided by JIMAR, which hires its program and 
scientific staff through the Research Corporation of the University of 
Hawaii (RCUH). To search and apply for RCUH positions, refer to the 
following website:

http://www.rcuh.com <http://www.rcuh.com/>/

**NO LATER THAN JANUARY 18 (OR JANUARY 21 DEPENDING ON POSITION) BUT 
SOONER IS BETTER* *

*IMPORTANT:* Please specify in your cover letter the period you are 
available, remote field experience, animal handling experience, and 
boating skills. The job postings for the JIMAR PIFSC Biological Research 
Assistant recruitment (for Field Camp Assistant) and JIMAR PIFSC 
Biological Technician recruitment (for Field Camp Leader) are below.  
Each position needs to be applied for separately.  Please apply directly 
to RCUH Human Resources following the methods stated in the posting by 
the appropriate closing date (January 18 or January 21).
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*JIMAR PIFSC BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT -- ID# 29558.* Joint 
Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research. (11) Regular, Full-Time, 
RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the School of Ocean and Earth 
Science and Technology (SOEST), Joint Institute for Marine and 
Atmospheric Research (JIMAR), located at the National Marine Fisheries 
(NMFS), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) in Honolulu, 
Hawaii. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational 
needs, satisfactory work performance, and availability of funds. 
*MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY:* $1,730/Mo. *DUTIES: *Under guidance of field 
camp leader and/or NMFS personnel, assists in camp preparations, daily 
maintenance and operation of field camp, and collection of census and 
life history data on Hawaiian monk seals. Conducts boating operations at 
multiple-island atolls. Assists with return, repair, and clean-up of 
field equipment and supplies at the end of camp. *PRIMARY 
QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION: *High School Diploma or equivalent.* 
EXPERIENCE:* One to three (1-3) years of field experience, including 
experience working within small groups in remote settings. Experience 
with handling of wildlife. *ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:* Working knowledge of 
personal computers including use of word processing, spreadsheets, and 
databases. Good communication and team skills. Ability to perform data 
entry. *PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: *Ability to swim. Ability to work 
in remote locations for extended periods of time. Must be able to work 
long hours in the sun. Must be able to walk long distances (up to 7 
miles) in the sand carrying 25-35 pounds of field gear. Must be able to 
manually restrain immature seals (up to 200 pounds). Must be able to 
obtain medical clearance for embarking/working on NOAA research vessels 
or other appropriate vessels which includes providing proof of required 
immunizations and/or obtaining the necessary immunizations as required 
by NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations. Must meet the US Department of 
Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration security 
requirements for working in a federal facility which includes being 
fingerprinted and having a federal background check performed. Must be 
able to pass pre-deployment training requirements including field 
medical training before being deployed to remote islands. *SECONDARY 
QUALIFICATIONS: *Prior field experience in a Hawaiian monk seal field 
camp. Previous experience in field or laboratory studies of marine 
mammals, previous experience handling marine mammals, previous data 
entry experience. Prefer applicants interested in pursuing career in 
marine mammology or related field. For positions requiring travel 
between multiple-island atolls, possess prior experience operating small 
boats and/or the ability to conduct routine maintenance on small boats. 
Possess NOAA certification for small boat operations (having completed 
Motorboat Operators Certification Course (MOCC) and NOAA small boat 
component training) to work at multiple-island atolls. *_INQUIRIES: 
Nicole Wakazuru 956-9465 (Oahu). _APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:* The 
preferred method of applying for a job is through our on-line 
application process. Please go to www.rcuh.com, click on "Employment" 
and navigate to "Job Announcements/Apply for a Job." However, if you do 
not have access to the Internet, you may apply by submitting resume; 
cover letter including Recruitment ID#, referral source, narrative of 
your qualifications for position and salary history; names, phone 
numbers and addresses of three supervisory references and copy of 
degree(s)/transcripts/certificate(s) to qualify for position by fax 
(808) 956-5022 or mail to Director of Human Resources, Research 
Corporation of the University of Hawaii, 2530 Dole Street, Sakamaki Hall 
D-100, Honolulu, HI 96822 before the closing date. If you have questions 
on the application process and/or need assistance, please call 
(808)956-3100. *_CLOSING DATE: January 18, 2010. _*EEO/AA Employer.
**
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*JIMAR PIFSC BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH TECHNICIAN -- ID# 29587.* Joint 
Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research. (6) Regular, Full-Time, 
RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the School of Ocean and Earth 
Science and Technology (SOEST), Joint Institute for Marine and 
Atmospheric Research (JIMAR), located at the National Marine Fisheries 
Service (NMFS), Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIFSC) in Honolulu, 
Hawaii. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational 
needs, satisfactory work performance, and availability of funds. 
*MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY:* $1,871.00. *DUTIES: *Performs daily 
maintenance and operation of field camp. Collects census and life 
history data on Hawaiian monk seals. Conducts boating operations at 
multiple-island atolls. Required to lead other field personnel. 
Responsible for returning and storing all field equipment and supplies 
at the end of camp. Collaborates with scientists within NMFS to conduct 
and analyze field studies on the Hawaiian monk seal in the Northwestern 
Hawaiian Islands. *PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION: *Associate's 
Degree from an accredited community college in Marine Biology, Biology, 
Fisheries Oceanography or other related field. *EXPERIENCE:* One to 
three (1-3) years of field experience, including experience working 
within small groups in remote settings. Experience conducting research 
on Hawaiian monk seals. Experience handling monk seals. 
*ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:* Working knowledge of personal computers including 
use of word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. Good communications 
skills (both written and oral). Leadership and decision-making skills. 
Ability to perform data entry. For positions requiring travel between 
multiple-island atolls, must be NOAA certified for small boat operations 
(having completed Motorboat Operators Certification Course (MOCC) and 
NOAA small boat component training). _Post Offer/Employment Conditions:_ 
Must meet the US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration security requirements for working in a 
federal facility which includes being fingerprinted and having a federal 
background check performed. Must be able to pass pre-deployment training 
requirements including field medical training before being deployed to 
remote island. *PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: *Ability to swim. Ability 
to work in remote locations for extended periods of time. Must be able 
to work long hours in the sun. Must be able to walk long distances (up 
to 7 miles) in the sand carrying 25-35 pounds of field gear. Must be 
able to obtain medical clearance for embarking/working on NOAA research 
vessels or other appropriate vessels which includes providing proof of 
required immunizations and/or obtaining the necessary immunizations as 
required by NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations. *SECONDARY 
QUALIFICATIONS: *Prior field experience in a Hawaiian monk seal field 
camp. Previous experience in field or laboratory studies of marine 
mammals, previous experience handling marine mammals, previous data 
entry experience, prefer applicants interested in pursuing career in 
marine mammology or related field. Ability to perform basic data 
analysis. For positions requiring travel between multiple-island atolls, 
possess the ability to conduct routine maintenance on small boats. 
*_INQUIRIES: Nicole Wakazuru 956-9465 (Oahu). _APPLICATION 
REQUIREMENTS:* The preferred method of applying for a job is through our 
on-line application process. Please go to www.rcuh.com, click on 
"Employment" and navigate to "Job Announcements/Apply for a Job." 
However, if you do not have access to the Internet, you may apply by 
submitting resume; cover letter including Recruitment ID#, referral 
source, narrative of your qualifications for position and salary 
history; names, phone numbers and addresses of three supervisory 
references and copy of degree(s)/transcripts/certificate(s) to qualify 
for position by fax (808) 956-5022 or mail to Director of Human 
Resources, Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, 2530 Dole 
Street, Sakamaki Hall D-100, Honolulu, HI 96822 before the closing date. 
If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, 
please call (808)956-3100. *_CLOSING DATE: January 21, 2009._* EEO/AA 
Employer.

-- 
Thea Johanos
Lead, Monk Seal Population Assessment Program
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
1601 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 1110
Honolulu, HI 96814-4700

808-944-2174 office
808-941-0307 fax





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