Lizabeth Kashinsky - NOAA Affiliate lizabeth.kashinsky at noaa.gov
Fri Feb 6 13:15:17 PST 2015


The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center/Joint Institute for Marine and
Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program (HMSRP) has
been exploring new directions to staff field research camps in the
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI). We're seeking 4-5 volunteers to
assist experienced staff with monk seal research and recovery activities
for the 2015 field season.   While volunteer positions do not require as
much experience as paid field staff positions, ideal applicants should have
the right personality and basic capabilities to live on a remote, isolated
atoll for ~4.5 months.

These volunteer positions require about 2-3 weeks of training and packing
at the Inouye Regional Center located at Ford Island, Honolulu before field
deployment to the NWHI. Once the field season is over, there will be an
additional week at the end of the season in Honolulu to clean up gear and
equipment.  Dates are subject to change, but the positions are tentatively
scheduled to begin mid to late April with a field deployment date in mid to
late May. Field staff will be deployed approximately 4.5 months with a
tentative return date in late September. The position end date is
tentatively scheduled for some time in early October. Travel to and from
Honolulu and food, lodging, and transportation in Honolulu before
deployment are *not* provided.  Transportation between Honolulu and field
sites and food and lodging in the field will be provided. Due to unforeseen
circumstances, departure delays could result in longer periods in Honolulu
that may result in additional uncompensated living expenses. All other
qualifications being equal, preference will be given to applicants
currently living on Oahu so they can be incorporated into our program
before official field training begins to gain as much useful experience
ahead of time as possible.

Volunteers may be working in groups of 2-4 people per camp with rustic
living conditions (most often living in tents, bathing in the ocean, with no
internet, no cell phone coverage, and limited communication with the
outside world). Deployment to a remote field site is a serious undertaking.
There are logistical constraints to working at such sites which could
result in delays in pick-up and drop-off and delays in emergency responses
(including evacuation) due to the nature of working in the remote NWHI
where it can take days for ships to arrive, and ships are sometimes at the
mercy of the weather, subject to mechanical failures, and fuel constraints.

Please see the volunteer position description below for more details.
must be able to meet both the U.S. Department of Commerce and National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) security requirements to
access the work location, and also the health requirements to board a NOAA

To apply:

Please send a cover letter (clearly stating why you are interested in the
position and clearly *addressing all qualifications)* and a resume that
includes 3 supervisory references to both Lizabeth Kashinsky and Thea
Johanos (lizabeth.kashinsky at noaa.gov and thea.johanos-kam at noaa.gov). Positions
will be open until filled. However, we strongly encourage applicants to
apply by* February 13, 2015*.


*JIMAR Hawaiian Monk Seal Field Camp Volunteer,* located at the National
Marine Fisheries (NMFS), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC)
in Honolulu, Hawaii.    *DUTIES:  *Under guidance of field camp leader,
field camp assistant, and/or NMFS personnel, assists in camp preparation,
collection, entry and editing of data. Maintains a safe working environment
for field personnel.  Collects census and life history data on Hawaiian
monk seals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands or on remote shorelines in
the Main Hawaiian Islands; enters data into computer databases; collects,
inventories, and removes debris capable of entangling seals and turtles;
assists with collection of tissue samples for DNA analysis; assists with
tagging and measuring weaned pups under the guidance of field camp
leader/assistant; may assist with the disentanglement of seals and other
recovery actions which may include mitigation and deterrence of shark
predation by assisting the leader/field camp assistant while translocating
weaned pups from areas of high shark predation to areas of lower shark
predation risk. This may also involve assisting the Field Camp Leader
during fishing procedures by photographing, recording data, handing
equipment and supplies to the leader, and holding the line taut, all while
standing at a safe distance away. Also, assists with preparation of
equipment and supplies for field camps; packs equipment and supplies for
shipment to Northwestern Hawaiian Islands; loads and unloads gear from
transport vessel; assists with establishing field camp at remote site.  At
the field site, again under guidance of field camp leader, field camp
assistant, and/or NMFS personnel may assist with necropsies; collects and
assists processing of scats and spews for food habits analysis. Participates
in daily maintenance and operation of field camp.  Assists with return,
repair, and clean-up of field equipment and supplies. May participate in
boating operations under the direction, and at the discretion of, the field
camp leader.  Performs other duties as assigned.  *PRIMARY
QUALIFICATIONS:  EDUCATION:  *High School Diploma or equivalent.
*EXPERIENCE:*  Some field or wilderness experience, including working in
small groups.  Some previous experience collecting or working with data.
*ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:*  Good communication and team skills.  Ability to
perform accurate data entry. Ability to follow directions and abide by the
restrictions of living and working in a fragile (and federally protected)
ecosystem. Capable of maintaining a positive attitude in challenging field
conditions and succeed and thrive in an isolated environment with minimal
contact with current events and family/friends during the extent of
deployment. Demonstrated ability to be a good team player. Working
knowledge of personal computers including use of word processing,
spreadsheets, and databases. *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, including experience working
within small groups in remote settings.  Experience with handling wildlife.
Prior monk seal experience in the main Hawaiian Islands or 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 with 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:  Lizabeth
Kashinsky *

Lizabeth Kashinsky
JIMAR/Veterinary Program Senior Supervisor
Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program
1845 WASP Blvd., Building 176
Honolulu, HI 96818
Ph: (808) 725-5719
Fax: (808) 725-5567
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