The Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) works closely with The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center through a cooperative agreement with the University of Hawaii, and will be accepting applications for field assistants to participate in the upcoming 2009-2010 winter field
research season to study the endangered Hawaiian monk seal at Laysan Island in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. This work is part of a long-term annual Hawaiian monk seal population monitoring and conservation program by NMFS which includes: conducting trend counts; tagging seals; identifying individual seals by tags, scars, natural
markings, and applied bleach marks; monitoring reproduction, survival, injuries, entanglements, migration, performing necropsies; collecting scat & spew samples for food habitat, parasite load, and hormonal analysis; collecting tissue samples for DNA analysis; collecting & removing debris capable of entangling seals and other wildlife. Behavior data are also collected. In addition, researchers will periodically handle, weigh, and administer de-worming medication to immature seals in an effort to increase seal condition and survival by removing parasite loads. For general information about the program, visit this website:
Employment will be from early September through May, or for a subset of this period. Options include 1) from early September through mid-December, 2) from mid-December though March, and/or 3) from March through May. The number of positions and/or continuation of the program is subject to funding.
The first weeks of employment are spent in Honolulu training and packing, and the final weeks are also spent in Honolulu to clean up gear and summarize data. Travel to Honolulu and food and lodging while in Honolulu are not provided; a listing of potential housing options is available. Transportation between Honolulu and the field site, and food and lodging in the field are provided.
Field work is accomplished by a 3 member team in a remote camp at Laysan Island. Researchers live in wall tents, and the site is accessible by ship (4 day travel; 1,300 km from Honolulu). Few supply opportunities exist and outside communication is limited.
Employment will be provided by JIMAR, which hires its program and scientific staff through the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii (RCUH). To search and apply for RCUH positions, refer to the following website:
**NO LATER THAN AUGUST 3^rd 2009 BUT SOONER IS BETTER* *
*IMPORTANT:* Please specify in your application the period(s) you are available, remote field experience, and animal handling experience. Applicants will be considered for the position described below.
*JIMAR PIFSC BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT – ID# 29318.* Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research. (4) 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 (NMFS),
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) in Honolulu, Hawaii. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, and availability of funds. *MINIMUM
MONTHLY SALARY:* $1,730/Mo. *DUTIES: *Under guidance of field camp leader and/or NMFS personnel, assists in camp preparations, daily maintenance and operation of field camp, and collection of census and life history data on Hawaiian monk seals. Conducts boating operations at multiple-island atolls. Assists with return, repair, and clean-up of field equipment and supplies at the end of camp.
*PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION: *High School Diploma or equivalent.*
EXPERIENCE:* One to three (1-3) years of field experience, including experience working within small groups in remote settings. Experience with handling of wildlife.
*ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:* Working knowledge of personal computers including use of word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. Good communication and team skills. Ability to perform data entry.
*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 7 miles) in the sand carrying 25-35 pounds of field gear. Must be able to manually restrain immature seals (up to 200 pounds). 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. Must meet the US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration security requirements for working in a federal facility which includes being
fingerprinted and having a federal background check performed. Must be able to pass pre-deployment training requirements including field medical training before being deployed to remote islands.
*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 entry experience. Prefer applicants interested in pursuing career in marine mammology or related field. For positions requiring travel between multiple-island atolls, possess prior experience operating small boats and/or the ability to conduct routine maintenance on small boats. Possess NOAA certification for small boat operations (having completed
Motorboat Operators Certification Course (MOCC) and NOAA small boat component training) to work at multiple-island atolls.
*_INQUIRIES: Nicole Wakazuru 956-9465 (_**_Oahu_**_). _
**APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:* The preferred method of applying for a job is through our on-line
application process. Please go to www.rcuh.com, click on “Employment” and navigate to “Job Announcements/Apply for a Job.” However, if you do not have access to the Internet, you may apply by submitting resume; over letter including Recruitment ID#, referral source, narrative of your qualifications for position and salary history; names, phone numbers and addresses of three supervisory references and copy of degree(s)/transcripts/certificate(s) to qualify for position by fax
(808) 956-5022 or mail to Director of Human Resources, Research
Corporation of the University of Hawaii, 2530 Dole Street, Sakamaki Hall
D-100, Honolulu, HI 96822 before the closing date. If you have questions
on the application process and/or need assistance, please call
(80…. *_CLOSING DATE: _**_August 3, 2009_**_. _*EEO/AA Employer.
Lead, Monk Seal Population Assessment Program
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
1601 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 1110
Honolulu, HI 96814-4700