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CLOSING DATE:  November 22, 2023, or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first). INQUIRIES:  Kira Yamashita at or 808-200-9554 (Oahu). 

Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI). Primary work location will be at the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) in Honolulu, Hawai‘i on the island of Oahu. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 

MONTHLY SALARY:  $3,416.67/Mon. 

DUTIES:  Conducts underwater fieldwork, performs fish and benthic surveys utilizing SCUBA, underwater scientific survey techniques such as fish transects, timed fish surveys, digital transecting, photo quadrat collection, rugosity measurement, sediment collection, and other established survey methodologies. Assists Habitat and Fish Monitoring Senior Technician (Oʻahu) with computer data entry and equipment and boat maintenance. Occasional interisland travel is required. This is a progression job allowing for an entry at Level I, and subsequent promotional opportunity to Level II. Progression is dependent upon demonstrated abilities and competence, availability of funds, satisfactory work performance, and operational needs. 



At least two (2) years of college level coursework from an accredited college or university.


One to three (1-3) years of experience with recreational or scientific SCUBA diving. At least one (1) year of compensated employment or volunteer service involving marine science related research, use of computers/computer software for data entry, and other various administrative tasks associated with scientific research projects.


Familiar with Microsoft Excel. Familiar with commonly used underwater scientific survey techniques such as fish transects, timed fish surveys, digital transecting, photo quadrat collection, rugosity measurement, sediment collection, and other established survey methodologies


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) and hold the current certifications in CPR, First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen Administration, and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must be willing and able to work weekends and evenings as needed on occasion, and drive to various work sites. 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. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to obtain boat operator certification within six (6) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must be able to complete the UH Information Security Awareness Training (ISAT) within two (2) weeks from date of hire, and re-certify every twelve (12) months. 


Must be capable of handling all necessary diving equipment and procedures required in conducting underwater research from shore or small boats.


As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies, procedures, and trainings and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies, procedures, and trainings.  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.). 


Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university with coursework in Marine Science. Familiarity with Hawaiian reef fish, corals, algae, and invertebrates. Basic knowledge of biological principles and Hawaiian marine ecology. Quantitative Underwater Ecological Surveying Techniques (QUEST) or other specific underwater monitoring training. Previous authorization as a scientific diver from an American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) accredited organization. Experience using Microsoft Access and Geographic Information System.

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. Please visit for more information on RCUH’s Benefits for eligible employees.


RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


  • Posted On

    November 15, 2023
  • Closing Date

    November 22, 2023
  • Organization

  • Location

    Location of Opportunity
  • Position Type

    Full Time
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