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Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the University of Hawai‘i, Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), and the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), located 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. 




DUTIES:  Plans, schedules, oversees, and conducts field activities to support the Ballast Water and Hull Fouling program, including vessel hull and ballast water inspections and surveys, and sampling and processing of biological samples, and related lab research. Leads surveys using snorkel, SCUBA, cameras and/or remotely operated vehicles. Collects and interprets data on vessel movement patterns, maintenance patterns, and other marine biosecurity-related practices. Maintains survey equipment and conducts inventories of equipment. Drives project vehicles to access field site locations and outreach sites. Prepares written correspondence for a variety of audiences to support program development and implementation, including technical reports, project proposals, internal and external briefings, outreach tools, and web text. Contributes to final reports and white papers. Provides outreach and presents State Ballast Water and Hull Fouling Program activities at meetings, regional conference calls, conferences and other professional functions. Develops and manages projects to completion to support policies that minimize the arrival and spread of aquatic invasive species in Hawai‘i. Plans, coordinates, and implements outreach projects. Maintains the DAR Aquatic Invasive Species Program website and presents Ballast Water and Hull Fouling program updates and initiatives. Plans, organizes, and supports meetings with stakeholders, steering committee, DAR staff, governmental agencies, researchers, private businesses, community organizations, and the public to support program objectives and drive initiatives. Collaborates with and assists the Aquatic Biologist IV in policy development and implementation, contributes to project proposals and final reports to meet contractual obligations for funding and partner agencies, assists as necessary with managing budgets and expenditures within procurement guidelines. May be required to work irregular hours, weekends, or evenings as needed (i.e. attend legislative session to provide support).


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biology, Zoology, Marine Science, or related field. (Bachelor’s Degree from a maritime college with coursework in Marine Biology, Ocean Studies or related field is acceptable).  EXPERIENCE:  At least three (3) years of progressively responsible work experience in marine biological sciences.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Knowledge of aquatic invasive species. Knowledge of maritime industry, practices, and issues as it relates to ballast water and hull husbandry management and marine biosecurity. Familiarity with underwater scientific survey techniques and research design. Knowledge of resource management policies and program development. Working knowledge of computers and word processing software as well as database systems. Demonstrated ability of building and sustaining productive internal and external working relationships. Demonstrated ability to gather, analyze, and interpret scientific data in planning programs or projects. Excellent organizational, coordination, leadership,  communication skills, safety awareness, and an ability to meet deadlines.  Must possess a valid driver’s license (and if use of personal vehicle on the job is required, must also have valid personal driver’s insurance equivalent to Hawai‘i’s No-Fault Driver’s Insurance) and maintain throughout the duration of employment. Must be SCUBA certified (NAUI, PADI, etc.) and meet the standards established by DAR’s diver certification process (which meets the standards set by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration). Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain the certificate following the training provided within three (3) months from date of hire) and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must be able to obtain boat operator certification within three (3) months from date of hire and maintain throughout period duration of employment.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must be able to perform tasks under hazardous and strenuous conditions. Must be able to work outdoors under the sun for long periods of time. Must be able to work in and around the water using snorkel and cameras including pole cameras and remotely operated vehicles. Must be able to swim, be capable of climbing in and out of small vessels, and climb up and down a ladder on a boat. Must be able to qualify as a DAR Scientific Diver. Must be capable of handling all necessary diving equipment and procedures required in conducting underwater research from shore or small boats.  Must be able to SCUBA and snorkel in murky, low visibility, hazardous conditions. 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:  Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Biology, Zoology, Marine Science, Maritime operations, or related field. Experience in project development and implementation, including projects with tangible outcomes under limited supervision. Experience in facilitation and coordination of multiparty partnerships and diverse stakeholder groups. Experience in marine policy or related discipline. Knowledge of ballast water and hull fouling. Knowledge of State laws, Departmental rules and regulations, policies and procedures; applicable Federal laws, rules, regulations and policies such as VIDA. Knowledge of Hawai‘i marine life. 


INQUIRIES:  Michelle Miyata 956-9512 (Oahu). 


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) 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)956-7262 or (808)956-0872. 


CLOSING DATE:  April 16, 2021. 


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Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.


  • Posted On

    October 20, 2020
  • Closing Date

    April 16, 2021
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  • Position Type

    Full Time
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