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The Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR)/Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program (HMSRP) utilizes volunteers every year to assist with Hawaiian monk seal field seasonal research camps (~4 months duration) in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI).

As part of an effort to recruit more locally-based personnel for the field camps, we are currently seeking individuals to volunteer with our program in Honolulu as a Field Training Volunteer for several months before the field season begins. The field training positions require a commitment to volunteer approximately 8-10 hours/week through ~March or April 2019. Volunteer hours must occur between approximately 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Selected individuals will receive training and gain experience with various monk seal activities on Oahu such as data collection and entry, specimen archiving and processing, identifying seals, bleaching and tagging seals for identification, assisting with necropsies, inventorying and packing field supplies, and other program activities. Field training volunteers gain experience to become better qualified for a position as a monk seal NWHI Field Camp Volunteer in the NWHI, a position we will begin recruiting for starting ~November 2018.

The Field Training Volunteer positions will be located at Inouye Regional Center at Ford Island. Applicants must be able to meet the U.S. Department of Commerce and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) security requirements to access the work location. NOAA Fisheries, NMFS Permit No. 16632

To apply for the Field Training Volunteer position, email a resume and cover letter to as soon as possible. Positions will remain open until filled. Email subject line when submitting application should read “2019 Field Training Volunteer application"

Cover letter should address the information below (please read and follow instructions carefully):

• Statement on why you are interested in the Field Training Volunteer position
• Clearly address each qualification listed in the NWHI Field Camp Volunteer position
description (p. 3)
• Availability in days (M-F only) and times (e.g., 8:00-4:00 every Monday and Wednesday).
• Availability for the 2019 field season if later selected for the field camp volunteer position


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