[Coral-List] Vacancy announcement-Inshore Ecologist/Biologist, American Samoa

Christopher Hawkins chwkins at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 26 18:47:07 EDT 2003

Vacancy: Inshore Ecology Biologist, American Samoa


Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources

PO Box 3730, Pago Pago,

American Samoa, 96799

Fax (684) 633-5944


Application Deadline: 15 October 2003


General Description: 


The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) is recruiting an Inshore Ecology Biologist. The successful applicant will provide oversight on all aspects of DMWR’s Inshore Research and Management programs. Additionally, the incumbent may focus on his/her own research within the subject area (biology of key reef fishes).


Main Responsibilities:  

   Supervise the Inshore Creel Survey.
    Research into the biology of key reef species.
   Coordinate inshore research by DMWR and other agencies, including invertebrate, coral and phycological studies. 
   Support DMWR’s Community Based Monitoring Program. 
   Liaise closely with the department’s GIS staff to ensure that all data is GIS compatible. 
   Supervise technicians and other staff biologists. 
   Write proposals, progress reports and a final report analyzing data, formulating recommendations for further management. 
   Represent DMWR at regional, national and international technical meetings where appropriate. 
   Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Biologist. 

 Minimum Qualifications 

   Master’s degree from an accredited institution(s) with a major in Fisheries Science and/or Management, Marine Biology, Marine Resource Science/Management. 
   Two or more years experience working on reef fish surveys and reef ecology. 
   Knowledge of fisheries management, conservation issues, and tropical fisheries. 
   Demonstrated competency with statistical analyses techniques. 
   Computer and data base management. 
   Good communication and writing skills are essential. 
   Physically fit and able to work independently in remote locations under challenging and often harsh conditions. 
   Current SCUBA certification. 
   Driving license 
   Small boat-handling skills an advantage 



Starting at $28,000 /year. Two-year contract renewable by mutual consent.  Travel expenses and shipment of effects provided by DMWR. Annual and sick leave accumulates at 8 hours and 4 hours respectively every 2-week pay period.  Subsidized housing (80% subsidy) on rental of a government house provided.  Subsidized medical care provided. Please note that the point of hire will be within the U.S.A or the Pacific Islands.



 Mail, fax or email C.V., publication list and contact details for 3 references and a cover 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 and questions may be routed via Wayne Haight (Chief Biologist) at: whaight at access1.net

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