[MARMAM] Job postings for 2024 Seasonal Hawaiian Monk Seal Field Research Positions

Lizabeth Kashinsky lsk at hawaii.edu
Wed Nov 1 14:27:02 PDT 2023

The University of Hawaii Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric
Research (CIMAR) works with the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Fisheries
Science Center Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program (HMSRP) 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 2024 Hawaiian monk seal  field research season:

HMSRP Field Camp Research Technician (job ID #223688) - serves as field
camp team lead

A full list of qualifications are stated in the job announcement and
include but are not limited to the following:


   Associate's Degree from an accredited community college in Marine
   Biology, Biology,Fisheries Oceanography, Hawaiian Studies in Natural
   Sciences, or a related field. (At least twenty-four (24) credit hours of
   college coursework in biological sciences or related field and one (1) year
   of field experience may substitute for an Associate’s Degree)

   One to three (1-3) years of field experience, which includes experience
   working or camping in small groups in remote or isolated settings,
   conducting research on Hawaiian monk seals, and handling monk seals

   Strong boating  skills and/or boat  maintenance experience, and/or
   knowledge of Hawaiian waters are a plus

HMSRP Field Camp Research Assistant (job ID #223687) - serves as assistant
on the team

A full list of qualifications  are stated in the job announcement and
include but are not limited to the following:


   High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent

   One to three (1-3) years of field experience, which includes experience
   working or camping in small groups in remote or isolated settings. Prior
   experience handling or working with wildlife or other animals

   Strong boating  skills and/or boat maintenance experience, and/or
   knowledge of Hawaiian waters are a plus

Ideal candidates for both positions  will also have experience working and
camping outdoors in remote or isolated areas, working with diverse groups
of people, possess both physical and mental agility and endurance, and very
importantly, demonstrate an ability to maintain a sense of calm and
steadiness in the face of many unexpected challenges that such a remote
location presents. Small boat experience and familiarity with Hawaiian
waters is also a plus. Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders, minorities,
kamaʻāina, and those with a strong connection to place and interest in
giving back to place are encouraged to apply.

Selected candidates will have the rare opportunity to live and work within
the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
(PMNM), a place with thriving coral reefs and that is home to a diverse
array of seabirds, sea turtles, Hawaiian monk seals, and other marine life,
many of which are unique to the Hawaiian Islands. It is also a place of
great cultural importance to Native Hawaiians

Selected individuals will study the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and may
conduct other protected species work while deployed. The 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 may participate in shark
predation mitigation activities. Training will include Wilderness First Aid
and a NOAA Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC).

General information about the program can be found via the links below:



Field teams will be stationed at field sites located within PMNM. Fieldwork
is accomplished with a Technician who will serve as the team lead, and
usually one or more assistants.  Researchers live in wall tents at the
various sites which 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 infrastructure.

The employment period varies, but in a typical year, the duration of
employment includes up to about 4 months of deployment to a field site
with  approximately 4-6 weeks of training and packing in Honolulu, and
~1-4 weeks at the end of the field season back in Honolulu to clean up gear
and summarize data.  For the 2024 field season, plans are still being
formulated, but positions may begin as soon as late February/early March
with a deployment to field sites around late April. Applicants must be
flexible in their availability as dates could change, including unforeseen
delays such as inclement weather or ship delays. Travel to and from
Honolulu and food, lodging, and transportation during the training period
and post season in Honolulu before/after deployment are not provided.
Transportation between Honolulu and field sites and  food and other living
costs are covered by the program during the deployment. Due to unforeseen
circumstances or mission logistics, departure delays or returning earlier
than expected 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 the technician and assistant positions are
in the attached job postings and as indicated below. Please 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

For example, to address the experience qualification, indicate in your
cover letter how many years (cumulative months or years) of field
experience you have and be sure that is reflected in your resume.

 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: You can access both recruitments  here
and search for indicated job ID #s. Note that if applying for both
positions, you must do so separately.

CIMAR/PIFSC HMSRP Field Camp Research Technician (team lead) – search job
ID #223688

CIMAR/PIFSC HMSRP Field Camp Research Assistant - search Job ID #223687

You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the
position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) 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 (11/06/2023). If you
do not have access to the RCUH system and the closing date is imminent, you
may send additional documents to rcuh_recruitment at rcuh.com. If you have
questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call
(808)956-7262 or (808)956-0872.

Lizabeth Kashinsky (she/her/hers) Why does this matter?
Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research
Program Manager, Protected Species Division
Hawaiian Monk Seal Research and Recovery Program
Marine Turtle Biology and Assessment Program
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
1845 Wasp Blvd., B176, Honolulu, HI 96818
Office: (808) 725-5719

Mobile: (808) 285-4578
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