[MARMAM] HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL FIELD CAMP VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT

Lizabeth Kashinsky - NOAA Affiliate lizabeth.kashinsky at noaa.gov
Thu Jan 18 15:42:47 PST 2018


Recruitment is underway for the 2018 The Hawaiian Monk Seal Research
Program Field Camp Volunteer positions!



*JIMAR HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL FIELD CAMP VOLUNTEER*

The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center/Joint Institute for Marine and
Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program
(HMSRP) is seeking
4-5 volunteers to assist experienced staff with monk seal research and
recovery activities for the 2018 field season.   While volunteer positions
do not require as much previous field experience as paid field staff
positions, ideal applicants for this volunteer position should have the
right personality and basic capabilities to live on a remote, isolated
atoll for ~4-5 months.  These volunteer positions require about 3-4 weeks
of training and packing at the Inouye Regional Center located at Ford
Island, Honolulu before field deployment to the Northwestern Hawaiian
Islands (NWHI). Once the field season is over, volunteers will
spend approximately one week in Honolulu to clean up gear and equipment.
Dates are subject to change, but the positions are tentatively scheduled to
begin early March with a field deployment date around mid-April. 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) may not return to Honolulu until mid-October so the end
date for them will be extended to reflect a later return date.



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 unexpected and
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 will be working in groups of 2-4 people per camp with rustic
living conditions (e.g., living in tents, bathing in the ocean, no
internet, no cell phone coverage, limited communication with the outside
world). Deployment to these remote field sites is a serious undertaking.
There are logistical constraints to working at such sites since the NWHI
are hundreds of miles from Honolulu. Transportation to the NWHI is via ship
to most sites and takes days to weeks to arrive. Ships are sometimes at the
mercy of the weather and subject to mechanical failures which could result
in significant delays in scheduled pick-up and drop-off as well as delays
in in the event of an emergency (including evacuation).

Please see the volunteer position description below for more details.
Applicants
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. General information about the program can be found at the link
below: http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/hawaiian_monk_seal/



To apply:



Please send cover letter, resume, and name and contact information for *3
supervisory* references to Lizabeth Kashinsky at lizabeth.kashinsky at noaa.gov
.  Positions will be open until filled. However, applicants should apply
without delay.



Cover letter should include:



·         Address why you are interested in the *field camp position*

·         *Clearly address all of your qualifications listed in the* *field
camp volunteer position description* (see below) and state why you are a
good candidate

·   State your availability, including your earliest start date if you are
able to start volunteering before the formal training begins in March.
Please note that due to the remoteness of the field sites, if you are NOT
available for the full field season and training, we cannot accept your
application.


*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 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; collects observational data and conducts visual
assessments of monk seals, 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 shark 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, 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.  Wildlife handling experience.
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 mammalogy 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), open water module (OWM) and NOAA
small boat component training) to work at multiple-island atolls.  *INQUIRIES:
Lizabeth Kashinsky * lizabeth.kashinsky at noaa.gov

-- 
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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