Jun 05 2018
Category: Environmental
Job Description



College of the Marshall Islands.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program, located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Physical work location will be in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) at the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI). 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. 


DUTIES: Works with natural resource management agencies and other members of the Coastal Management Advisory Council to help with the review and assessment of terrestrial and nearshore land use projects and policy, land use planning, and coastal and marine hazards mitigation in relation to shoreline protection and disaster risk reduction (primary), and conservation resource management (secondary). Works with the public and private sector to identify land use and building practices in order to reduce disaster risks. Conducts site visits and writes technical reports and provides technical extension assistance to diverse stakeholders. Assists with the development, facilitation, and implementation of research and planning projects. Teaches one course annually at CMI that is related to shoreline change and disaster risk reduction.


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING: Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Ocean or Earth Science, Coastal Engineering, or Island Biogeography with major coursework in coastal processes or land use, ocean policy, integrated coastal management, natural resource or ecosystem management or planning, or related field.  EXPERIENCE: At least three (3) years of successful experience in Cooperative Extension work, Sea Grant Extension work, or equivalent in research relevant to coastal processes.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Knowledge of computer programs and geographical information systems. Basic knowledge of coral reef ecology with advanced knowledge of the role of coral reefs in providing shoreline protection ecosystem services. Advanced knowledge of the role of El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in sea level variability, and its effects on shoreline change in ephemeral coral island environments. Skilled in facilitation and experience with collaborative research and outreach projects. Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual setting in independent roles. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds. Must have exceptional skin-diving skills,and able to free-dive to 8 m and carry out basic underwater photography as needed to support agency, academic, and non-governmental organization partners in their assessment or education activities. 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: PhD from an accredited college or university in Ocean or Earth Science, Marine Biology, Engineering, or Geography with major coursework in biological sciences, coastal processes or land use, coastal science, ocean policy, coastal zone management, natural resource or ecosystem management or planning or related field. Previous experience in international coastal management and policy. Experience working in the Pacific small-island developing states an asset, with experience on atolls. Knowledge and experience with cross-cultural collaboration. Familiarity with and ability to analyze data and information related to coastal processes and hazards, including climate change and oceanographic and meteorological data, and familiarity with statistical methods of interpreting these data.  Knowledge and ability to train others in Geographic Information System (GIS) applications. Familiarity with basic surveying and mapping techniques. Familiarity with island shoreline characteristics and cultural/recreation practices including: historical shoreline erosion rates and trends, seasonal wave dynamics, coastal processes and hazards, and wave reef interactions. Familiarity with common coastal hazard mitigation strategies and impacts on natural resources from resource extraction and restoration operations, beach erosion and formulation, littoral budgets, and impacts of alternative shore stabilization technologies and situations. Previous experience in international coastal management and policy. Experience working in the Pacific small-island developing states an asset, with experience on atolls. Knowledge and experience with cross-cultural collaboration. 


INQUIRIES: Darren Okimoto 956-7031 (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) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) 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)956-8344 or (808)956-0872. 


CLOSING DATE:  June 27, 2018. 


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