Oceanographer Position Open: Coral Reef Ecosystem Program, Honolulu

Closing date for applications: 28 November 2016!

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.

Salary commensurate with qualifications.

DUTIES: Plans and implements oceanographic surveys and field operations. Processes, analyzes, and interprets oceanographic data with the purpose of examining the relationship between oceanographic processes and coral reef ecosystem dynamics. Develops graphical and other synthesized data products for presentation in reports, scientific articles, and outreach/educational materials. Designs and develops software tools and data management procedures to analyze, integrate, and visualize ecosystem data. Develops, implements, and maintains procedures to process and produce data products for current and historical data. Contributes to scientific manuscripts for publication and presents research at various conferences or relevant settings. Participates in research cruises, marine ecosystem surveys and observation networks to assess and monitor coral reefs, which involves field surveys, the deployment and recovery oceanographic instrument platforms, and data transmission, analysis, and creation of data products. Provides training and guidance in operating equipment, conducting field surveys and processing data.


EDUCATION/TRAINING: Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Oceanography or related field.

EXPERIENCE: Three to five (3-5) years of experience conducting oceanography fieldwork and processing and analyzing oceanographic data from in situ instruments, water-quality sampling efforts, and/or various satellite derived meteorological and oceanographic information sources. Experience conducting oceanographic data analyses, time-series analyses, and other procedures commonly used by practitioners. Previous experience at sea for extended periods (twenty (20) continuous days or more) of time aboard research vessels.

ABILITY/KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS: Solid knowledge and understanding of fundamental physical, biological, and chemical oceanographic processes is required. Knowledge and experience working with oceanographic instrumentation. Knowledge of routine statistical procedures to perform data analyses. Specialized knowledge in one (1) or more of the following areas: i) near-shore wave modeling and analyses for islands, atoll, and other coral reef environments; ii) field and laboratory methods used to measure and analyze water quality variables; iii) numerical modeling and simulation of hydrodynamic factors influencing near-shore marine environments. 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. Must possess good written and verbal communication skills. Ability to manipulate large data sets using data analysis software packages such as MATLAB or similar. Proficiency with the operation, deployment, and data analysis of oceanographic instruments and sampling methodologies. Ability to work independently and make decisions. Must possess strong interpersonal skills. Proficiency with using basic office productivity software tools, including word processors, spreadsheets, and MS PowerPoint. Must be able to pass all training requirements, including but not limited to basic boating, first aid, CPR, and oxygen assistance. Other training requirements may include advanced coxswain training, advanced first aid, and forklift training. Must be SCUBA certified (NAUI, PADI, etc.) and meet the standards established by the program’s diver certification process (which meets the standards set by the American Academy of Underwater Science), and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must be able to complete UH/NOAA diving certification, which includes meeting the physical, watermanship, academic, and experience requirements, and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must be able to complete SCUBA diving advanced open water certification with a minimum of 40 dives and possess good free diving skills. Must possess a valid driver’s license and maintain throughout the duration of employment. Post Offer/Employment Conditions: 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.

PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to work long hours outdoors at various captive facilities and remote locations with high exposure to sunlight, aboard research vessels and aboard small boats (15’-20’) in coastal and oceanic waters. Ability to lift up to fifty (50) pounds of scientific instruments, scuba gear and equipment unassisted. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to obtain and maintain NOAA Medical Clearance for NOAA diving requirements as well as 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 experience with a high-level data handling program such as MATLAB, IDL, or similar. Working knowledge of ArcView GIS, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Experience editing, reviewing, and developing data products for multi-volume scientific reports. Experience working with electronics, instrumentation and other oceanographic equipment. Experience with moored oceanographic instruments and Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and data. Previous experience in small boat and personal water craft (PWC) handling. Previous experience with SCUBA operations utilizing lift bags to position large (1000 pound) sea floor instrument platforms. INQUIRIES: Nicole Wakazuru-Yoza 956-5018 (Oahu).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to http://www.rcuh.com and click on “Job Postings.” 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 rcuh_employment(at)rcuh.com. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872. CLOSING DATE: November 28, 2016. RCUH’s mission is to support the research and training programs of the University of Hawai‘i and to enhance research, development, and training generally in Hawai‘i. Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.



  • Reset


OA-ICC Highlights

%d bloggers like this: