[MARMAM] Waikiki Aquarium Monk Seal specialist position

Kelley Lam kelleyl at hawaii.edu
Wed Jun 3 15:34:59 PDT 2015

Aloha from the Waikiki Aquarium,

Please see the following website address/link and the attached information
in regards to the Monk Seal specialist position at the Waikiki Aquarium:


 Research Support (Research Associate)
  Position Number:
  Hiring Unit:
 Waikiki Aquarium
  Date Posted:
 May 14, 2015
  Closing Date:
 June 05, 2015
  Minimum Monthly Salary:
 salary schedules and placement information
  Additional Salary Information:
 Salary commensurate with education and experience.
  Full Time/Part Time:
 Full Time
 Temporary - Not to Exceed: June 30, 2016
Other Conditions:

   - Annually renewable contingent upon satisfactory performance, program
   needs, and availability of funds.

Duties and Responsibilities

   1. Manages the Hawaiian Monk Seal Program, including maintaining IACUC
   and APHIS quality husbandry standards. Ensures accurate and timely
   submission of relevant reports, permit applications and renewals, etc.
   2. Maintains computerized records on all aspects of the monk seal
   program in a timely manner. Takes digital still and video pictures of monk
   seals for veterinary records.
   3. Maintains monk seal life support system, including backwashing of
   sand filters, as needed.
   4. Conducts training and educational public monk seal presentations two
   to four times per day. Maintains husbandry and research behaviors of
   resident monk seals.
   5. Responsible for feeding, cleaning, training, record keeping and
   disease treatment of assigned fish and invertebrate organisms, in
   consultation with the curator and veterinarian. Travels to collect
   supplies, and animals for husbandry purposes.
   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 programs.
   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

   1. 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.
   2. Functional knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in
   marine mammal training and husbandry demonstrated by knowledge,
   understanding and ability to apply concepts, terminology.
   3. Functional knowledge and understanding of principles, theories,
   federal and state laws, rules, regulations and systems associated with
   marine mammal training and husbandry.
   4. 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.
   5. Demonstrated ability to understand oral and written documentation,
   write reports and procedures, and communicate effectively in a variety of
   6. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working
   relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team
   members and individuals.
   7. Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and apply word
   processing software.
   8. Any equivalent combination of education and/or professional work
   experience which provides the required education, knowledge, skills and
   abilities as indicated.
   9. Ability to apply the scientific method(s) and conduct research.
   10. 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.
   11. Knowledge of computers and proficiency with word processing,
   database and spreadsheet programs.
   12. 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.
   13. Previous supervisory experience, to include working with students,
   docents, or volunteers.
   14. Knowledge of OSHA programs and ability to wear a respirator.
   15. 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.
   16. 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
   17. Experience at giving educational presentations to the public and/or
   conference presentations.
   18. Experience in report writing, and analysis and presentation of data
   in written and graphical formats

Desirable Qualifications

   1. Experience in the husbandry and training of marine mammals. At least
   one year of experience with pinnipeds.
   2. Experience supervising one or all of the following groups: full-time
   staff, students, volunteers.
   3. Experience maintaining freshwater and marine fishes and invertebrates
   at a zoological park, aquarium,or aquaculture facility.
   4. Considerable knowledge of life support systems.
   5. Certified SCUBA diver and ability to meet University of Hawaii
   scientific diver certification requirements

 To Apply:
 Submit cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable
qualifications, UH Form 64 ( standard format
<http://www.pers.hawaii.edu/forms/Application/Form64.pdf>) ( large format
<http://www.pers.hawaii.edu/forms/Application/Form64a.pdf>), 3 letters of
recommendation, names of 3 professional references and official transcripts
to the address below.

   1. University of Hawaii at Manoa - Waikiki Aquarium
   2. 2777 Kalakaua Avenue
   3. Attn: Dr. Andrew Rossiter
   4. Honolulu, HI 96815


   1. Dr. Andrew Rossiter; 808-440-9005; andrewro at hawaii.edu

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