[Coral-List] Position available: Chief Biologist of fisheries (& coral reefs)

Douglas Fenner dfenner at blueskynet.as
Thu Oct 14 14:39:51 EDT 2004




Application Deadline:  October 31, 2004


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).




  a.. Resonsible for providing expert technical guidance and advice to the Director of the DMWR, and Territorial and United Sates governmental agencies concerning fishery resources, and marine habitat management status (including protection, research, enhancement and mitigation).

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

  a.. Support DMWR's Community Based Monitoring Program, Coral Reef Monitoring Program, Inshore Creel Survey, Fish Market Survey, MPA, and Pelagic Fisheries Programs.

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

  a.. Assist in assessing the status of reef resources and, where possible, the impact of fisheries (subsistence, recreational and commerical).

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

  a.. Write interoffice and progress reports.

  a.. 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.

  a.. Supervise principle investigators and regularly assign technicians and assistants.

  a.. Knowledge in both Fisheries and Coral Reefs

  a.. Experience in wildlife ecology will be an advantage.



  a.. This position requires an individual with a minimum of a Masters Degree (but PHD will be preferred) in biological science with an emphasis on fisheries, marine science or oceanography or related discipline.

  a.. Significant experience in reef fisheries research, including field research programs.

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

  a.. Experience with planning, coordinating, supervising and management programs.

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

  a.. Excellent cross-cultural communication team working skills.

  a.. Five years of 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 Dr. Douglas Fenner: douglasfenner at yahoo.com

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