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Regular, Full-Time, 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 Fisheries Science Center (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. 

MONTHLY SALARY:  Salary commensurate with qualifications. 

DUTIES:  Conducts fisheries life-history research within the Commercial Fisheries Bio-Sampling Programs and assists in monitoring progress of life-history bio-sampling projects in US Pacific Island Territories. Prepares research documents summarizing life-history strategies of commercially-harvested species. Performs data management and metadata documentation of program's research datasets. Performs biological sampling and data recording at sea on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessels and from small boats. Processes fish specimens in the field and laboratory for life history studies. Analyzes fish life-history data for use in publications and stock assessments. 

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in the biological sciences, such as Zoology, Marine or Fisheries Biology, Animal or Environmental Sciences, which involved a research project.  EXPERIENCE:  One to three (1-3) years of experience in scientific writing and application of statistical methods to problems in fisheries and ecology. One to three (1-3) years of experience in database management with scientific data and within a laboratory environment with an emphasis on biological research. One to three (1-3) years of experience in handling and processing fish, with fish morphometric measurements, and safe use of chemicals for preserving tissue samples.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Strong knowledge of fish biology and impact of life-history strategies in fisheries management. Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, R or other statistical programming software. Familiarity with relational database structures. Working knowledge of data management, metadata documentation, and basic database setup in order to structure Microsoft Excel database files in compatible formats. Working knowledge of graphics programs such as SigmaPlot or R. Must be able to meet and maintain the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) security requirements to access work location.  Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien. Ability to communicate effectively with scientists, managers, and the general public. Ability to enter, manipulate, sort, and graph data within a spreadsheet. Ability to write scientific reports, graph plots and tables, and perform regression analysis for scientific reports. Post Offer/Employment Condition:  Must be able to meet and maintain US Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (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 complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Ability to occasionally work at sea, including in remote field conditions. Post Offer/Employment Condition:  Must be able to obtain NOAA 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:  Experience with fish otolith and gonad preparation/interpretation for age-based and reproductive biological assessments. Some experience and/or training in the following: GIS software and development of spatial plots; functioning at sea on large research vessels or small boats; operating small boats; fish dissection. Experience with Oracle Application Express (APEX) for database management. Experience with and/or formal certification for operating small boats. 

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

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” and search for Job ID 17089.  You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) 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. 


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