[MARMAM] Job Posting - Research Support, Waikiki Aquarium (Honolulu, HI)

LKissel lkissel at waquarium.org
Wed Dec 7 13:27:15 PST 2011

Job Posting for Research Support position at the Waikiki Aquarium, working
with the Hawaiian monk seals.  Note, position is full time and is renewed
each fiscal year.  Please find further information at


2.      Title: Research Support (Research Associate) 

3.      Position Number: 0078296T 

4.      Hiring Unit: Waikiki Aquarium 

5.      Location: Waikiki Aquarium 

6.      Date Posted: December 02, 2011 

7.      Closing Date: January 13, 2012 

8.      Band: A 

9.      Minimum Monthly Salary: salary schedules and placement information

10.   Full Time/Part Time: Full Time 

11.   Temporary/Permanent: Temporary - Not to Exceed: June 30, 2012 


13.   Other Conditions: 

Position may be extended depending on funding availability and program

14.   Duties and Responsibilities 

1.      Manages the Hawaiian Monk Seal Program, including maintaining IACUC
and APHIS quality husbandry standards. 

2.      Maintains computerized records on all aspects of the monk seal
program. Takes digital still and video pictures of monk seals for veterinary

3.      Maintains monk seal life support system, including backwashing of
sand filters, as needed. 

4.      Conducts training and public monk seal presentations two to four
times per day. Maintains husbandry and research behaviors of resident monk

5.      Responsible for feeding, cleaning, training, record keeping and
disease treatment of assigned fish and invertebrate organisms, in
consultation with the curator and veterinarian. 

6.      Monitors and performs maintenance and repairs of assigned and backup
exhibits, to include cleaning, feeding, visual inspection for disease
detection, water quality assessment and disease treatment. 

7.      Supervises students, volunteers, and interns who work directly with
the position. 

8.      Interacts with WAQ staff, volunteers, students, visitors, etc. in a
polite, courteous and professional manner. 

9.      Ensures that supervised personnel interact with WAQ staff,
volunteers, students, visitors, etc., in a polite, courteous and
professional manner. 

10.   Lifts and carries up to 50 pounds, for the purpose of transporting
equipment, food stuffs and materials to service facilities or animals on
site and off site. 

11.   Complies with the OSHA program, including wearing appropriate
clothing, safety equipment and respirator mask, where appropriate. 

12.   Uses computers and word processing, spreadsheet, database and graphing

13.   Assists with Aquarium events and activities. 

14.   Utilizes the scientific method to conduct research, give conference
presentations and publish reports. 

15.   Uses basic instruments, equipment and/or supplies and performs
measurements, adjustments and repairs, as necessary. 

16.   Other duties as assigned 

Minimum Qualifications 

17.   Possession of a baccalaureate degree in Biological Sciences and 1
year(s) of progressively responsible professional experience with
responsibilities for marine mammal training and husbandry; or equivalent
education/training or experience. 

18.   Functional knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in marine
mammal training and husbandry demonstrated by knowledge, understanding and
ability to apply concepts, terminology. 

19.   Functional knowledge and understanding of principles, theories,
federal and state laws, rules, regulations and systems associated with
marine mammal training and husbandry. 

20.   Demonstrated ability to recognize problems, identify possible causes
and resolve the full range problems that may commonly occur in the area of
marine mammal training and husbandry. 

21.   Demonstrated ability to understand oral and written documentation,
write reports and procedures, and communicate effectively in a variety of

22.   Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team members
and individuals. 

23.   Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and apply word
processing software. 

24.   Any equivalent combination of education and/or professional work
experience which provides the required education, knowledge, skills and
abilities as indicated. 

25.   Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year University in biology,
zoology, or related field. Ability to apply the scientific method and
conduct research. 

26.   One year of experience at a public aquarium, zoo or marine mammal
research facility, with direct experience in the husbandry and training of
marine mammals, ideally with pinnipeds. 

27.   Knowledge of computers and proficiency with word processing, database
and spreadsheet programs. 

28.   Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds, for the purpose of
transporting equipment, food stuffs and materials to service facilities or
animals on site and off site. 

29.   Previous experience working with students, docents, and volunteers. 

30.   Knowledge of OSHA programs and ability to wear a respirator. 

31.   Ability to work at least one night per week to midnight or later. Able
to work at heights, in confined spaces, and use ladders. Must be able to
work some weekends, and/or holidays and flexible working hours. 

32.   Ability to travel independently to and from meetings, events and WAQ
in a timely manner, fulfilled by possession of a valid Drivers License
(Class 3), or use of other means of transportation, which meets position

Desirable Qualifications 

33.   Three or more years of experience in the husbandry and training of
marine mammals. At least one year of experience with pinnipeds. 

34.   Two or more years of experience supervising one or all of the
following groups: full-time staff, students, volunteers. 

35.   One or more years of experience maintaining freshwater and marine
fishes and invertebrates at a zoological park, aquarium,or aquaculture

36.   Considerable knowledge of life support systems. 

37.   Demonstrated experience with public talks and conference

38.   Experience in the form and style of research reporting. 

39.   Certified SCUBA diver and ability to meet University of Hawaii
scientific diver certification requirements 


16.   To Apply: 

Submit cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable
qualifications, UH Form 64 ( standard format
<http://www.hawaii.edu/ohr/bor/forms/form64.pdf> ) ( large format
<http://www.hawaii.edu/ohr/bor/forms/form64a.pdf> ), 3 letters of
recommendation, names of 3 professional references and official transcripts
to the address below. 

17.   Address: 

1.      Karen Quinn, Fiscal Officer

2.      2777 Kalakaua Avenue

3.      Honolulu, HI 96815

18.   Inquiries: 

1.      Karen Quinn; 808-440-9030 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting
808-440-9030      end_of_the_skype_highlighting; karenq at hawaii.edu

The University of Hawaii is an equal opportunity/affirmative action
institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis
of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national
origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital
status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court
record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, national
guard absence, or status as a covered veteran. 

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification
requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference
checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history
record checks. 

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and
Campus Crime Statistics Act, annual campus crime statistics for the
University of Hawaii may be viewed at: http://ope.ed.gov/security/, or a
paper copy may be obtained upon request from the respective UH Campus
Security or Administrative Services Office. 

In accordance with Article 10A of the unit 08 collective bargaining
agreement, bargaining unit members receive priority consideration for APT
job vacancies. As a result, external or non BU 08 applicants may not be
considered for some APT vacancies. BU 08 members with re-employment rights
or priority status are responsible for informing the hiring unit of their



Leah Kissel

Marine Mammal Specialist


Waikiki Aquarium

2777 Kalakaua Avenue

Honolulu, HI 96815

 <mailto:lkissel at waquarium.org> lkissel at waquarium.org

(808) 923-9741 


-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.uvic.ca/pipermail/marmam/attachments/20111207/3f606d3c/attachment.html>

More information about the MARMAM mailing list