[MARMAM] Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program 2017 Summer Field Positions

Thea Johanos-Kam - NOAA Federal thea.johanos-kam at noaa.gov
Wed Nov 23 12:11:20 PST 2016


The Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) works with
the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Pacific Islands Fisheries
Science Center through a cooperative agreement with the University of
Hawaii to conduct research and recovery activities on Hawaiian monk seals.
JIMAR hires program staff through the Research Corporation of the
University of Hawaii (RCUH) and is currently seeking applicants for *Biological
Research Technicians and Biological Research Assistants *for the 2017 field
research season. Selected individuals will 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 and 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, and collecting and removing debris capable of entangling
seals and other wildlife.  Behavior data are also collected at some
sites. Researchers at some sites may participate in shark mitigation
activities.



General information about the program can be found at:



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





The number of positions and/or continuation of the program are subject to
funding.  These positions will be for all or a subset of the 6 major monk
seal sub-populations in the NWHI. Fieldwork is accomplished by 2-4 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 one is accessible by plane.  Few (if any)
supply opportunities exist and outside communication is limited.


The employment period will include ~3-4 weeks of training and packing in
Honolulu. Once the field season is over, an additional ~1-3 weeks of
employment will take place in Honolulu to clean up gear and summarize
data.  Dates are subject to change, but the positions are tentatively
scheduled to begin late March to early April with a field deployment date
in early May. Field staff will be deployed approximately 4 months with a
tentative return date in late August. The position end date is tentatively
scheduled for some time in September. Those assigned to the field camp at
one site (French Frigate Shoals) will likely not return to Honolulu until
mid-October so the end date for them will be extended to reflect a later
return date, likely from mid to late 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 are
provided. Due to unforeseen circumstances, departure delays could result in
longer periods in Honolulu that may result in additional uncompensated
living expenses.



Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien, and 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 vessel.



Instructions to apply for both positions are in the job postings below. *Please
clearly address each qualification in your cover letter. *




*JIMAR PIFSC Biological Research Technician*

*Job ID# 16608*

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,
Hawai‘i. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational
needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance
with applicable Federal/State laws. *MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY:*$2,695/Mon.



*DUTIES: *Performs daily maintenance and operation of field camp in the
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands or on remote shorelines in the main Hawaiian
Islands. 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 field season. Collaborates with
scientists within NMFS to conduct and analyze field studies on the Hawaiian
monk seal.



*PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING: *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. Must be able to meet and maintain United States Department of
Commerce (DOC) and NOAA security requirements to access work location. Must
be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien. 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 Condition: Must be able to meet
and maintain US Department of Commerce (DOC), NOAA security requirements
for working in a federal facility, which includes being fingerprinted and
having a federal background check performed prior to date of hire and
maintained throughout duration of employment. 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 seven (7) miles) in the sand carrying twenty-five to
thirty-five (25-35) pounds of field gear unassisted. Must be able to obtain
and maintain 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. *POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY
REQUIREMENTS: *As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all

applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to
University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures.
Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures
or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to
disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of
employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).



*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
mammalogy 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-Yoza (808)956-5018 (Oahu).



*APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: *Please go to www.rcuh.com and click on “Job
Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered
for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4)
Supervisory References, 5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s).
All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date
(11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job
posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is
imminent, you may send additional documents to rcuh_employment at rcuh.com. If
you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance,
please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872. *CLOSING DATE: December 5,
2016.*







*JIMAR PIFSC BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT*

*Job ID# 16614**.*

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,
Hawai‘i. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational
needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance
with applicable Federal/State laws. *MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY:*$2,491/Mon.



*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 in the Northwestern Hawaiian
Islands or on remote shorelines in the main Hawaiian Islands. Conducts
boating operations at multiple-island atolls. Assists with return, repair,
and cleanup of field equipment and supplies at the end of camp and with the
processing of field data.



*PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS:*

*EDUCATION/TRAINING: *High School Diploma or G.E.D. 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.
Must be able to meet and maintain the United States Department of Commerce
(DOC) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) security
requirements to access work location. Must be a US Citizen or Permanent
Resident Alien. Good communication and team 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 be able to meet and maintain US
Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) security requirements for working in a federal
facility, which includes being fingerprinted and having a federal
background check performed prior to date of hire and maintained throughout
duration of employment. Must be able to pass pre-deployment training
requirements including field medical training before being deployed to
remote islands. *PHYSICAL/MEDICAL*

*REQUIREMENTS: *Must have ability to swim. Must be able 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 seven (7) miles) in the
sand carrying twenty-five to thirty-five (25-35) pounds of field gear
unassisted. Must be able to manually restrain immature seals (up to two
hundred (200) pounds assisted). Must be able to obtain and maintain medical
clearance to work 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,
and maintain throughout duration of employment. *POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY
REQUIREMENTS: *As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to
all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to
University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures.
Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures
or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to
disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of
employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).



*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 mammalogy 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.



*INQUIRIES: Nicole Wakazuru-Yoza (808)956-5018 <%28808%29956-5018> (Oahu). *



*APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: *Please go to www.rcuh.com and click on “Job
Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered
for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4)
Supervisory References, 5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s).
All online applications must be

submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard
Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have
access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send
additional documents to

rcuh_employment at rcuh.com. If you have questions on the application process
and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or(808)956-0872.

*CLOSING DATE: December 5, 2016.*
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