[MARMAM] Job Posting: 2022 Hawaiian Monk Seal Field Camp Positions

Tracy Mercer - NOAA Affiliate Tracy.Mercer at noaa.gov
Tue Nov 9 15:10:29 PST 2021

The University of Hawaii Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric
Research (CIMAR) works with the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Fisheries
Science Center through a cooperative agreement with the University of
Hawaii to conduct population assessment and recovery activities on Hawaiian
monk seals. CIMAR hires program staff through the Research Corporation of
the University of Hawaii (RCUH) and is currently seeking applicants for *two
separate recruitments *for the 2022 field research season:

*HMSRP Field Camp Research Technician-serves as field camp leader*

*HMSRP Field Camp Research Assistant-serves as assistant to field camp

Selected individuals will study the endangered Hawaiian monk seal within
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM). This work is part of a
long-term annual Hawaiian monk seal population monitoring and conservation
program by NOAA Fisheries 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, vaccinating against morbillivirus, performing
necropsies, collecting scat & spew samples for food habitat, parasite load,
and hormonal analysis, collecting tissue samples for DNA analysis, 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 via the links below:



The number of positions and/or continuation of the program are subject to
funding and program needs. Selected candidates will be stationed at one of
5 major monk seal sub-populations located within PMNM. Fieldwork is
accomplished by 2-4 member teams consisting of a Technician who will serve
as the leader, and one or more assistants in remote camps.  Researchers
live in wall tents at the various sites.  Sites are accessible only by ship
(2-8 day travel; 830-2,300 km from Honolulu).  Few (if any) resupply
opportunities exist and communication with others outside of field sites is
limited throughout deployment due to the remoteness and lack of

The employment period is expected to include approximately 4-6 weeks of
training and packing in Honolulu. Once the field season is over, an
additional ~1-4 weeks of employment may take place in Honolulu to clean up
gear and summarize data.  Dates are subject to change, but the positions
may begin as early as February/early March with a field deployment
approximately 4-6 weeks after start dates.  Field staff could be deployed
for approximately 4.5-5 months with a tentative return date at the end of
August. The position end date is expected to be 1-4 weeks after return from
the field. Applicants must be flexible in their availability as dates could
change, including unforeseen delays such as inclement weather or other ship

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 other living costs while deployed
are covered by the program. Due to unforeseen circumstances or cruise
logistics, 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. *You
must clearly address all qualifications in your cover letter and resume. If
you do not clearly address all qualifications, we may not be able to
consider you as an applicant. *For example, to address the experience
qualification, indicate in your cover letter how many years (cumulative
months) of field experience you have and be sure that is reflected in your

Interested individuals will need to apply directly to RCUH Human Resources
via one of the methods stated in the job posting. Applications for both
positions must be submitted/received by the* closing date on **11/24/2021
(11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time receipt time). * If you do not have access
to the RCUH 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.  Follow the link below to access both recruitments. *If
applying for both positions, you must do so separately. *

CIMAR/PIFSC HMSRP Field Camp Research Technician (leader) – search job ID #

CIMAR/PIFSC HMSRP Field Camp Research Assistant - search Job ID # 221625

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