Apr 29 2020
Job Description



Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research.  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.  


MONTHLY SALARY:  Salary commensurate with qualifications. 



  • Develops, tests, documents, and implements methods for deriving biologically important characteristics of marine environments from various data sources (including satellite, LIDAR, models and other remotely sensed datasets). 
  • Uses ArcGIS and programming software to integrate and analyze a variety of ecological and environmental data to assess spatial patterns and understand ecological drivers in coral reefs and other marine systems. 
  • Coordinates geospatial research projects. 
  • Participates in strategic planning and prepares grant proposals to advance the Project’s geospatial research and spatial analysis capabilities to support coral reef ecosystem research and monitoring activities to meet resource management needs. 
  • Serves as lead geospatial data analyst responsible for spatial data management activities and for coordination of said activities with data management personnel. 
  • Reports on results of geospatial data products and analyses, and delivers presentations to research investigators, resource managers, and partners. 
  • Provides technical expertise and support to personnel including user training. 
  • Participates in fieldwork, training, and outreach activities in remote locations or aboard ships and small boats as necessary.  
  • Must travel to workshops, conferences, and meetings to gather information and to present and train interested parties or partners.  




  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Geospatial Science, Oceanography, Marine Ecology, or related field. 



  • Five to seven (5-7) years of experience in processing terrestrial or marine data and performing spatial analyses, which also includes experience in the use of geospatial data (including remote sensing) to quantitatively derive information about biological, physical or oceanographic phenomena, and experience with relational database management systems and managing geospatial databases.   
  • Authorship or co-authorship on at least two (2) scientific or technical papers. 



  • Basic knowledge and understanding of marine ecological, oceanographic, and biological processes affecting coral reef ecosystems. 
  • Understanding of the acquisition, applications, and limitations of satellite and other remote sensing data for marine ecosystem research. 
  • Working knowledge of geospatial statistical methods and approaches for robustly manipulating, integrating, and analyzing interdisciplinary geospatial data. 
  • Working knowledge of spatial analysis models and spatial statistics.  
  • 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 U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien.  
  • Ability to perform project management functions, which includes independently planning, organizing, and implementing projects to meet programmatic requirements and objectives within schedule, setting priorities, and coordinating multiple tasks with frequent and tight deadlines. 
  • Proficiency with spatial mapping software such as QGIS, R, Python or ArcGIS. 
  • Proficiency with use and design of geospatial databases (e.g., Oracle, SQL).  
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills, as well as written and oral communication skills to collaborate with and train government representatives, academic partners, and agency personnel. 
  • Proficiency with Windows operating system and word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs.  
  • Post Offer/Employment Condition:  Must be able to meet U.S. 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. 



  • Must be able to lift at least thirty (30) pounds unassisted of scientific equipment over head to facilitate loading and unloading of small boats operating from largervessels.  
  • Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to obtain NOAA Medical Clearance 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.).  



  • Previous experience with any of the  following: mapping coral reef ecosystems of Pacific islands and banks; compilation and production of scientific or technical documents; developing and leading trainings, workshops, or conferences to foster education and outreach about geospatial methodologies; extending software functionality or automating processes and with programming languages. 


INQUIRIES:  Nicole Wakazuru-Yoza 956-5018 (Oahu). 


Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to 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) 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 [email protected] If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872.  


CLOSING DATE:  May 22, 2020.


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