[MARMAM] Seasonal Field Positions with the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program

Lizabeth Kashinsky - NOAA Affiliate lizabeth.kashinsky at noaa.gov
Thu Nov 9 12:10:25 PST 2017


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 two
separate recruitments (*Biological Research Technician and Biological
Research Assistant) *for the 2018 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 approximately one month of training and
packing in Honolulu. Once the field season is over, an additional ~1-2
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 in early March with a field deployment date
in mid April. Field staff will be deployed for approximately 4.5 months
with a tentative return date in late August or early September. The
position end date is tentatively scheduled for some time in early to
mid-September. 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 all qualifications in your cover letter. *



Bulletin Board Posting: 11/09/17 RCUH Website: 11/09/17 Hire Net Hawai‘i:
11/09/17

*JIMAR PIFSC BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH TECHNICIAN – ID# 17510*. Joint Institute
for Marine and Atmospheric Research. (5) Regular, Full-Time, Approximately
six to eight (6-8) months in duration, 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: $2,314/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 Conditions: 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 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, 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. 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 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
<(808)%20956-8344> or (808)956-0872 <(808)%20956-0872>. CLOSING DATE:
November 29, 2017. RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research,
development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of
Hawai‘i. Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.


Bulletin Board Posting: 11/08/17 RCUH Website: 11/08/17 Hire Net Hawai‘i:
11/08/17 *JIMAR PIFSC BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT – ID# 17508*. School of
Ocean and Earth Science and Technology. (10) Regular, Full-Time,
Approximately six to eight (6-8) months in duration, 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: $2,314/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 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 <(808)%20956-8344> or (808)956-0872 <(808)%20956-0872>.
CLOSING DATE: November 29, 2017. RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance
research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the
University of Hawai‘i. Equal Opportunities Employer –
Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.
-- 
Lizabeth Kashinsky
JIMAR/Program Supervisor
Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program
NOAA IRC
NMFS/PIFSC/PSD
1845 WASP Blvd., Building 176
Honolulu, HI 96818
Ph: (808) 725-5719
Fax: (808) 725-5567



2017 *is the **Year of the Monk Seal**!*
*Join the celebration: *http://tinyurl.com/2017YOTMS



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



2017 *is the **Year of the Monk Seal**!*
*Join the celebration: *http://tinyurl.com/2017YOTMS
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