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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. 


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:  Knowledge of pinniped biology and ecology. Working knowledge of personal computers including use of word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. Working knowledge of cameras.  Must be able to meet and maintain the 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 work in remote locations for extended periods of time in small groups. Ability to perform data entry. Ability to collect observational data and visually identify individual seals unaided and with the use of binoculars.  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 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.  Post Offer/Employment Conditions:  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 collection and entry experience.  Applicants interested in pursuing career in marine mammalogy or related field are preferred.  Ability to perform basic data analysis.  For positions requiring travel between multiple-island atolls, possess the ability to conduct routine maintenance on small boats. Experience and/or comfort spending up to six (6) months in a remote field camp location with limited communication. 

INQUIRIES:  Nicole Wakazuru-Yoza 956-5018 (Oahu). 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” 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. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872. 

RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.

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