[Coral-List] Job Posting: JIMAR PIFSC Coral Reef Researcher

Bernardo Vargas-Angel bernardo.vargasangel at noaa.gov
Tue Jun 5 05:58:38 EDT 2012

JIMAR PIFSC CORAL REEF RESEARCHER – ID# 12237. Joint Institute for
Marine and Atmospheric Research. (2) 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,
Hawaii. Continuation of employment is dependent upon
program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability
of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. MINIMUM
MONTHLY SALARY: $4,311/Mon. DUTIES: Conducts analysis of survey data
to improve understanding of coral reef ecosystems in U.S. Pacific
Islands. Implements underwater visual survey programs to assess and
monitor coral reef communities and benthic habitats. Applies data
management and advanced statistical techniques to analyze coral reef
and related benthic ecological data. Prepares technical reports and
scientific manuscripts summarizing results of these analyses, and
presents findings at national and international meetings. Works
closely with partners in local jurisdictions and research institutions
to build strong collaborative relationships. Provides assistance with
management of the CRED including proposal writing, administrative
functions, and supervision of personnel. PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS:
EDUCATION: Ph.D. degree from an accredited college or university in
Marine Ecology, Zoology, Marine Biology, Fishery Science, or related
field involving studies of coral reef fish ecology. (A Master’s Degree
in Marine Ecology, Zoology, Marine Biology or Fishery Science and five
(5) years of relevant work experience in coral reef fish ecology may
be substituted for a Ph.D. degree.) EXPERIENCE: Three to five (3-5)
years of experience in coral reef ecosystem research including
projects utilizing underwater coral reef census survey methodologies.
One to three (1-3) years of experience with the design and
implementation of integrated ecosystem assessment and monitoring, and
with quantitative field survey methodologies. Experience training and
leading field survey teams for ecological studies. Experience managing
and analyzing large complex databases and in using advanced
statistical procedures. Experience with carrying ecological research
projects to completion and publishing results, including first
authorship on at least two peer-reviewed journal articles. Experience
producing technical reports and successful funding proposals.
Experience working on interdisciplinary research teams. Experience
coordinating with partner agencies concerned with research,
conservation, and management of ecosystems. Experience at-sea aboard
large research or fisheries vessels for extended period.
ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Working knowledge of sampling theory, experimental
design, spatial statistics, population dynamics, ecological
modeling/simulation and other advanced statistical procedures for data
analyses. Working knowledge of large and complex relational database
management systems, and data integration techniques. Working knowledge
of biological, physical, and ecological processes, particularly in
marine ecosystems. Knowledge and understanding of principles and
practices in the fields of biometrics, community ecology, population
biology, conservation biology, landscape ecology, and natural resource
management. Knowledge of and ability to identify Indo-Pacific reef
corals species and to quantify abundances implementing underwater
visual survey techniques. Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet,
database and graphing software (e.g. SigmaPlot). Proficiency with R,
S-Plus, PRIMER, SAS, Matlab, and/or other advanced statistical
software packages. Proficiency with using advanced statistical and
analytical procedures including multivariate analysis, spatial
analysis, ecological modeling and simulation, spectral analysis, and
other quantitative techniques relating to statistical power and change
detection. Ability to coordinate the integration and management of
large and complex relational databases and spatial databases.
Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications.
Proficiency with basic office productivity software tools (word
processors, spreadsheets, presentation software). Must possess
excellent written and verbal
communication skills to write scientific manuscripts and technical
reports, and to make presentations that are suitable for a range of
audiences. Must possess strong interpersonal skills to work with
principal investigators, researchers, resource managers, and
administrators. Ability to work and make decisions independently and
to meet programmatic requirements within schedule and budgetary
constraints. Ability to independently plan, implement, and manage
projects. Ability to lead, train and supervise research assistants in
field and data handling procedures. Must possess strong leadership and
interpersonal skills necessary to supervise staff. Ability to
coordinate with agencies concerned with research, management and
protection of coral reef ecosystems and build strong collaborative
working relationships with potential partners in local management, NGO
and research communities. Must possess a valid driver’s license to
assist with transporting equipment and gear. Must be able to pass all
training requirements, including but not limited to basic boating,
first aid, CPR, and oxygen assistance. Other training requirements may
include advanced coxswain training, advanced first aid, and forklift
training. Must be SCUBA certified (NAUI, PADI, etc.) to meet the
standards established by the program’s diver certification process
(which meets the standards set by the American Academy of Underwater
Science). Must be able to complete UH/NOAA diving certification, which
includes meeting the physical, watermanship, academic, and experience
requirements. Must be able to complete SCUBA diving advanced open
water certification with a minimum of forty (40) dives and possess
good free diving skills. Post Offer Employment Requirement: Must meet
the US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration security requirements for working in a federal facility
which includes being fingerprinted and having a federal background
check performed. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: 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. Ability to work for
long hours, outdoors at various captive facilities and remote
locations with high exposure to sunlight, aboard research vessels and
aboard small boats (15-20’) in coastal and oceanic waters. Ability to
lift up to fifty (50) pounds of scientific instruments, scuba gear and
equipment. SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS: Experience with underwater
benthic ecological survey methods; experience with scientific SCUBA
diving, and underwater photography on coral reefs. Experience with
marine ecosystem, particularly coral reef ecosystems. Experience
handling small boats around Pacific atolls. Experience participating
in coral reef research cruises on large vessels. Working knowledge of
software packages such as Microsoft Office, SigmaPlot, Endnote, SAS,
and Adobe Photoshop. Proficiency with ESRI ArcGIS 9. Experience with
programming and scripting languages. Experience with the design and
development of relational databases and spatial databases. Knowledge
of U.S. marine resource management policies, including management
strategies for coral reef ecosystems. Experience in supervising
Post-Doc and PhD level staff and developing program objectives.
INQUIRIES: Nicole Wakazuru-Yoza 956-5018 (Oahu). APPLICATION
REQUIREMENTS: Please go to www.rcuh.com, click on “Employment”; select
“Apply” and navigate to “See Job Announcements and/or Apply for a
Job.” 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. Hawaii 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 rcuhhr at rcuh.com. If you have questions on
the application process and/or need assistance, please call
(808)956-3100. CLOSING DATE: June 15, 2012. EEO/AA Employer.

Bernardo Vargas-Ángel
Coral Ecologist & Benthic Team Lead
NOAA Pacific Fisheries Science Center
Coral Reef Ecosystem Division
1125B Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: 808-983-3723; Fax: 808-983-3730

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