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Position Title: Education Coordinator (Junior Specialist)

Position #: 0070115

Hiring Unit: Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology / SOEST

Duties & Responsibilities

The He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve (He‘eia NERR) presents an opportunity to honor the past by using the traditional ecosystem management approach embodied in ahupua‘a principles, integrated with the contemporary principles of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), to sustainably manage the He‘eia estuary. The NERRS’ vision of resilient estuaries and coastal watersheds where human and natural communities thrive is consistent with the traditional ahupua‘a where man and the environment lived in harmony: the circle of life. Many of the objectives and strategies that have been built into this management plan intentionally create a link between traditional knowledge and practices with contemporary management plans. The unique niche of the He‘eia NERR is this integration of traditional and contemporary strategies to sustainably manage the estuary and optimally the entire ahupua‘a of He‘eia. The He‘eia NERR provides not only a model for future generations in Hawai‘i but as important, is its contributions to the NERR System.

To this goal, the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, as the lead agency and in collaboration with the He‘eia NERR community site partners, invites applicants for a permanent, full-time, 11-month, non-tenure track faculty position as an Education Coordinator (Junior Specialist) to develop culturally and regionally appropriate education materials that fulfill NERRS goals and further public environmental literacy and help to create a future workforce that reflects the diversity of the citizens of Hawai‘i.

Coordinating the education and outreach activities of NERRS and site partners (as appropriate).

Coordinating Teacher on the Estuaries (TOTE) development workshop programs.

Forming partnerships with local schools, conducts needs assessments and then providing programming as needed by local schools directly related to the research and stewardship activities at NERRS site.

Translate scientific (and in our case, appropriate cultural) information from the reserve to the local community.

Manage volunteer efforts; coordinate other outreach activities (such as newsletter, promotional materials, Interpretive Center activities, etc.).

Work in close coordination with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM) and the national NERR system to ensure national programmatic goals are met, and to evaluate effectiveness of programs, training resources, etc. and modify as needed to meet goals/objectives.

Supervising student interns.

Production of annual work plans and budget estimates.

Perform training and safety requirements.

Participation in Reserve staff meetings, travel and participation in NERRS annual meetings and training sessions.

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

A Master of Science degree from a college or university of recognized standing in a life science discipline.

Documented ability to perform some duties outlined in job description.

Experience with K-12 curricula and/or public outreach.

Appreciation of Hawaiian history, language, indigenous ecological knowledge, fishponds, and land management principles.

Willing to encourage and include traditional indigenous knowledge into developing a locally relevant and culturally appropriate education program.

Familiarity with the ahupua‘a of He‘eia, Kane‘ohe Bay and the Ko‘olaupoko region of O‘ahu.

Desirable Qualifications

Documented ability to perform all duties outlined in the duties and responsibilities.

Demonstrated experience with K-12 curricula and public outreach education.

Knowledge of Hawaiian history, language, indigenous ecological knowledge, and fishponds.

Demonstrated experience in land management principles.

Demonstrated experience in encouraging and including traditional indigenous knowledge into developing a locally relevant and culturally appropriate education program.

Experience working among Native Hawaiian and/or indigenous organizations and/or communities.

Demonstrated understanding of Native Hawaiian traditional ecological knowledge and cultural practices.

Demonstrated experience working among Native Hawaiians and/or other indigenous groups in STEM related activities.

Demonstrated experience in working in the ahupua‘a of He‘eia, Kane‘ohe Bay and the Ko‘olaupoko region of O‘ahu.

To Apply

Submit paper or one PDF of a cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications with the subject line “Pos 0070115 Jr Spec (Education Coordinator);” a detailed curriculum vitae; names and contact information of three professional references; and official transcripts (copies acceptable, however, originals will be required at the time of hire) to the address below. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Electronic applications should be emailed to: Steff Nelson at email:

Attn: Steff (Pos 0070115 Education Coordinator)
PO Box 1346
Kane‘ohe, HI 96744


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