American Samoa Chief Biologist Position

Will White will at
Tue Mar 25 19:15:41 EST 2003

Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources
American Samoan Government


Application Deadline: April 11th, 2003

General description:

As Chief Biologist, the incumbent is responsible for planning and
implementing research studies pertinent to the fisheries resources programs
conducted by the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR).


•       Responsible for providing expert technical guidance and advice to
the Director of the DMWR, and Territorial and United States governmental
agencies concerning fishery resources, and marine habitat management
(including protection, research, enhancement and mitigation)

•       Assist the project specialists to undertake biological, ecological
research on reef, lagoonal and offshore resources in relation to fisheries
activities, including socio-economical aspects

•       Support DMWR’s Community Based Monitoring Program

•       Assist in the implementation of field sampling programs, and the
analysis of resulting data, based on standardized methodologies

•       Assist in assessing the status of reef resources and, where
possible, the impact of fisheries (subsistence, recreational and commercial)

•       Assist in the preparation of reviews, technical reports and
scientific papers for publication, and present findings to regional and/or
scientific meetings

•       Write interoffice and progress reports

•       Experienced at presenting analysis results in written and oral form
to assist in the preparation of administrative and policy decisions, and the
preparation of federal grants proposals and reports.

•       Supervise Principle Investigators and regularly assign technicians
and assistants

•       Experience in Wildlife ecology will be an advantage


•       This position requires an individual with a minimum of a Masters
Degree (PhD preferred) in biological science with an emphasis on fisheries,
marine science or oceanography or related discipline

•       Significant experience in reef fisheries research, including field
research programs

•       Familiarity with ecosystem approaches to fishery resources
assessment and management.

•       Experience with planning, coordinating, supervising and management

•       Experience with computer-based and statistical analysis of fishery,
social, or ecological data

•       Excellent cross-cultural communication and work team skills

•       five years of directly relevant experience.

Applicants are advised to include a list of their publications

Salary and hiring process:

The contract is for a two-year (2) period.  Pay will start at US$ 35,000 per
annum.  Annual leave and sick leave accumulate at 8 hours and 4 hours
respectively per bi-weekly pay period.  Both U.S. federal and American
Samoan holidays are observed.

Medical services are provided at the local hospital at subsidized rates.
Subsidized housing (80%) with minimal rent is provided in government owned
or leased properties.

Preference may be given to US and Pacific wide citizens, although qualified
people of other nationalities are encouraged to apply.  Point of hiring must
be from USA or Pacific region.


Mail, fax or email c.v., publication list and contact details for 3
references and a covering letter addressing the qualifications and
responsibilities indicated above to:

Ray Tulafono, Director
Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources
P.O. Box 3730
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799
Fax: (684) 633-5944

Email applications may be routed via Will White:
will at

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