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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, Hawaii. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.


DUTIES: Coordinates logistical operations for monk seal research and recovery activities. This includes managing and maintaining gear and supply inventories, packing, testing, and preparation of research/enhancement gear and equipment, organizing transportation and travel arrangements, cleaning and maintaining gear, supplies, and equipment after field operations, loading and unloading ship for deployment cruises, and leading and coordinating others to accomplish these duties. Trains staff and volunteers in quarantine and other field logistical protocols. Drives vehicles to accomplish these and other major duties. Responsible for the maintenance of Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program (HMSRP) small boats and record keeping. Troubleshoots and maintains boats and engines for field activities and trains field staff to prepare and maintain boats for field deployment. Conducts and assists HMSRP project staff in field activities for research and emergency response in the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) or in remote field camps in the NWHI (i.e., capturing and handling monk seals for research, health/disease assessment, flipper tagging, intervention and moving live animals, equipment, and gear). May train staff and partners on the proper protocols for handling monk seals. Conducts boating operations for field activities and serves as field operations lead for research cruises. Maintains a safe working environment. May also require oil spill response, swimming and snorkeling to assess boats, anchors, and seals in distress and during in water capture of seals, and kayaking to offshore islands for population assessment and research activities. Collects monk seal census and life history data, processes field data, and assists with data entry. Collects monk seal specimens, and conducts or assists with necropsies, including preparation and cleanup, data collections, and specimen collection, handling, processing, archiving and shipping. Responsible for quality and timeliness of data collected during field activities. Collects, inventories, and removes debris capable of entangling seals and turtles; disentangles seals and turtles and conducts other recovery actions. Assists with captive care of monk seals including animal husbandry and veterinary care duties. Assists with the maintenance and cleaning of the monk seal component of the live animal Life Support System (LSS). May need to work some weekends and holidays. Will require interisland travel.

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING: Bachelors Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Marine Biology, Biology, Fisheries Oceanography, or related field. EXPERIENCE: One to three (1-3) years of experience as a biological technician or other related experience, which includes capturing, tagging, and restraining Hawaiian monk seals or other species. One to three (1-3) years of experience in logistical operations for field research and equipment. Experience with data entry. ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Working knowledge of personal computers, including use of word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. Knowledge of hazardous material safety. Working knowledge of small boat operation and maintenance. 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, both orally and in writing. Able to operate small boats. Must possess a valid drivers license (and if use of personal vehicle on the job is required, must also have valid personal drivers insurance equivalent to Hawaiis No-Fault Drivers Insurance) and maintain throughout the duration of employment. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to meet 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 be able to obtain a forklift operators certification within twelve (12) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must be able to obtain International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Shipper Training certification within twelve (12) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must be NOAA certified for small boat operations (having completed Motorboat Operators Certification Course (MOCC) and NOAA small boat component training) within twelve (12) months of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must be able to pass all training requirements, including advanced coxswain training. Must be able to pass NOAA in-water kayaking test and snorkeling/swim tests and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must be able to complete twenty-four (24) hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard certification within twelve (12) months of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employees initial exposure to hazardous chemicals. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to lift and carry equipment and gear up to fifty (50) pounds unassisted. Must be able to swim. Ability to work in remote locations for extended periods of time. Must be able to work long hours in the sun. 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 Hawaii'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: Previous experience with marine mammal husbandry or veterinary care. Experience operating small boats in ocean environments and experience with maintenance and repair of small boats.

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

Associated topics: climate, earth, earthquake, geography, geology, geophysics, geoscience, gis, petroleum, petrophysicist

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