Nov 17 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. 




DUTIES:  Assists in scientific research studies to improve EM systems and data collection in Hawai‘i fisheries.  Performs machine learning by training algorithms and annotating EM-collected imagery to augment the machine learning library. Implements and coordinates EM for commercial fishing vessels. Assists with development of project support, conducts logistics to implement EM for various pelagic fisheries, and coordinates reviews of EM-derived fishing data.  Coordinates the delivery and retrieval of EM equipment on fishing vessels and performs maintenance of EM system hardware.  Interacts with PIFSC staff and EM contractors to train fishers on the use of EM. Develops Standard Operating Protocols (SOPs) for video review of fishing operations to ensure consistent scientific data are obtained from the review process.  Analyzes and summarizes EM-collected data from commercial vessels, oceanographic surveys, and other information either independently, as part of a team, or under guidance from other staff.  Interacts with database developers and managers to incorporate information into PIFSC databases. Conducts statistical analyses and summaries of fishery data to assess patterns of fish populations.  Functions as a backup fisheries observer and collects needed information in Hawai‘i or American Samoa fisheries. Prepares reports and publications on findings.  Contributes to manuscripts for publication and presents results at scientific conferences and public meetings. Communications are prepared and delivered in accord with the stated goals of the program. May be required to work at sea aboard a vessel for up to thirty (30) consecutive days.


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biology, Zoology, Oceanography, Fisheries, Natural Resource Management, or a related field, which includes coursework in data analysis. EXPERIENCE:  Three to five (3-5) years of related experience.  (Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Biology, Zoology, Oceanography, Fisheries, Natural Resource Management, or a related field may substitute for one (1) year of experience).  Includes experience in the field of fisheries with functions such as: observing ocean surroundings and vessel operations during harsh ocean conditions, recording data on protected species observations and fishing operations, recording sea turtle, seabird, and marine mammal encounters incidental to fishing operations, entering data into a database via computer, conducting statistical analyses and writing reports for technical and/or lay audiences, writing grant proposals, preferably on applications of electronic technologies.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Working knowledge of the capabilities and potential advancements of EM to obtain fishery data for commercial fisheries catch accounting. Knowledge of shipboard collection and management of biological, oceanographic, and fisheries data. 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.  Strong ability and skill in word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs.  Ability to interpret and follow written and verbal instructions for data collection protocols.  Ability to communicate effectively with scientists, managers, fishermen, and the public both in written and verbal forms.  Ability to work effectively on vessels for extended periods at sea. 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. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must be able to withstand uncomfortable living conditions at sea for up to thirty (30) days at a time. 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.).  


SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS:  Experience working with Electronic Monitoring for fisheries applications. Strong technical skills with the ability to program software and navigate the machine learning software, Video and Image Analytics for Marine Environments (VIAME).  Mechanical skills with the ability to perform maintenance and troubleshoot issues with EM system hardware, including cameras and sensors. Experience working as an observer in the Hawai‘i or American Samoa longline fisheries. Background in computer science and programming, including Linux code. Knowledge of machine learning theory. 


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


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)956-7262 or (808)956-0872. 


CLOSING DATE:  December 16, 2020. 


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