[MARMAM] Hawaiian Monk Seal Field Research Positions for 2010-2011 winter season - applications accepted through May 24th

Thea Johanos-Kam Thea.Johanos-Kam at noaa.gov
Wed May 19 11:07:21 PDT 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 2010-2011 winter field research season to study the endangered 
Hawaiian monk seal at Laysan Island and possibly other locations 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.  
In addition, researchers will periodically handle, weigh, and administer 
de-worming medication to immature seals at Laysan, and possibly other 
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-July 2010 through May 2011, or for a subset 
of this period (from mid-July through January).  The number of positions 
and/or continuation of the program is subject to funding.

The first 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 a 4 member team in a remote camp at Laysan 
Island.  Researchers live in wall tents, and the site is accessible by 
ship (4 day travel; 1,300 km from Honolulu).  Field work at other 
possible sites is accomplished by 2-4 member teams in remote camps.  
Researchers live in either wall tents or buildings.  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/

**NO LATER THAN MAY 24, 2010 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 closing date.


*JIMAR PIFSC BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT -- ID#10218.* 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 (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: *$1,730.00/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 and with the processing 
of field data. *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. *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 956-5018 (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, mail, or hand-deliver 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. Online applications and faxed documents must be 
submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawaii Standard 
Time/RCUH receipt time). Mailed documents must be postmarked by the 
closing date. Hand-delivered documents must be received by our HR office 
by 4 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time/RCUH receipt time. If you have questions 
on the application process and/or need assistance, please call 
(808)956-3100. *_CLOSING DATE: May 24, 2010._ *EEO/AA Employer.


*JIMAR PIFSC BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH TECHNICIAN -- ID#10215.* Joint 
Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research. (2) 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 
956-5018 (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, mail, or hand-deliver 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. Online applications and faxed documents must be 
submitted/received by the
closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time/RCUH receipt time). Mailed 
documents must be postmarked by the closing date. Hand-delivered 
documents must be received by our HR office by 4 P.M. Hawaii Standard 
Time/RCUH receipt time. If you have questions on the application process 
and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-3100. _*CLOSING DATE: May 
24, 2010. *_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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