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CLOSING DATE:  March 8, 2023, or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first). INQUIRIES:  Kira Yamashita 200-9554 (Oahu). 

Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the College of Social Sciences, Social Science Research Institute (SSRI). Primary work location will be at the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) 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:  Conducts targeted outreach to fishers, boaters, and tour operators to promote ocean etiquette and best management practices around marine protected species in formal and informal settings. Coordinates meeting, training, and outreach logistics. Compiles mandatory sighting reports of protected species, such as monk seals, false killer whales, and giant mantas. Takes photos of Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed species when opportunistic encounters arise. Submits online via commercial marine licensee monthly catch report online. Tracks and compiles data for reporting purposes. Trains tour operators and fishers to identify false killer whales and giant mantas for reporting sightings and interactions, and opportunistically obtain photo identifications of the animals. Trains Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) staff on species identification included in their online reporting system. Develops and provides training across the state while on boats at sea. Writes progress and final reports. Drafts proposals. Stranding response: Assists with responses to onshore strandings of ESA-listed species under the direction of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) DAR, which may involve handling endangered species. Uses project vehicles to transport supplies associated with emergency response efforts. Ensures safety protocols are up-to-date and adhered to during emergency response efforts. 



Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university with coursework in Marine Science, Biology, Natural Science, or related field.


One to three (1-3) years of experience with education and community engagement in Hawai‘i. Experience must include fieldwork on boats.


Knowledge of natural resources management, public education, outreach techniques, and cross-cultural communication. Proficient knowledge in writing and tracking details. Knowledge of proper public contact and telephone/video etiquette. Basic understanding of the rules and policies pertaining to personnel safety, fiscal, and operational matters.


Ability to speak and write clearly and concisely, which includes the ability to clearly explain data, plans and policies, draft proposals, and draft reports requiring minimal review and editing. Proficient in Microsoft Office. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Good oral and written communication including spelling, grammar, and punctuation skills. Ability to organize outreach events. Ability to review program documents and apply provisions of State and Federal agency policies and practices to determine compliance with such regulations. Ability to meet changing priorities and responsibilities and complete assignments on a timely basis. Must be a self-starter, goal-oriented, and highly organized. Ability to work with diverse user groups, cultures, and personalities. Must possess an understanding of the social and cultural environment of the locality. Ability to be a positive team player. Ability to remain resilient under varying circumstances while effectively meeting deadlines. Ability to be flexible with changing aspects and needs of job. Must be innovative, enthusiastic, and have initiative to create, develop, and implement programs. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers, staff from other government agencies, stakeholders, volunteers, fishermen, and the general public. Ability to work independently and to prioritize tasks. Ability to identify issues and problem solve effectively. Must possess a valid driver’s license (and if use of personal vehicle on the job is required, must also have valid personal driver’s insurance equivalent to Hawai‘i’s No-Fault Driver’s Insurance) and maintain throughout the duration of employment. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain the certificate following the training provided within three (3) months from date of hire) and maintain throughout duration of employment.


Must be able work long hours outdoors in all weather, standing or sitting for extended periods, and walking over uneven terrain. Must be able to bend and carry objects weighing up to fifty (50) pounds unassisted. Must be comfortable working on boats, and working outdoors, around seawater, and in contact with marine animals.


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.).


Understanding of the resource management landscape of Hawai‘i. Knowledge of marine megafauna in Hawai‘i, particularly false killer whales. Experience taking wildlife photos. Experience working with multicultural stakeholders.

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)956-7262 or (808)956-8376. Please visit for more information on RCUH’s Benefits for eligible employees.

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

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



  • Posted On

    March 2, 2023
  • Closing Date

    March 8, 2023
  • Organization

  • Location

    Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR)
  • Position Type

    Full Time
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