The Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) works with the NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Turtle Biology and Assessment Program (MTBAP) at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center through a cooperative agreement with the University of Hawai’i to conduct research and recovery activities on the Hawaiian green sea turtle population in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI).
JIMAR is currently seeking two (2) Field Camp Research Assistants (via Job # 18597) to assist with MTBAP research conducted at a remote field site/s. Field teams work in groups of ~2-7 people at each site for ~5-6 months to study green sea turtles as part of a long-term annual population monitoring and conservation program. Under the guidance of the field camp leader and/or NMFS personnel, the Field Camp Research Assistant assists in camp preparations, daily maintenance and operation of field camp, and collection of green sea turtle nesting data in the French Frigate Shoals (FFS) of the NWHI. Conducts nightly census of nesting females, and identifies individual turtles through inserting passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags into flippers and Inconel metal flipper tags contributing to a long-term dataset and life history of individuals. Excavates nest remains and records hatching success to aid in ongoing green turtle population studies. Global Positioning System (GPS) maps the geographical distributions of basking turtles, nesting activities, and the contour of the islands contributing to the long-term time series of geographical information relevant to sea turtle nesting habitat. Takes thorough photographic documentation of individual turtles, including basking and nesting turtles, and photos of turtle tracks, false crawls, test pits, nests, and the island environment. Assists with Hawaiian monk seal field camp activities as assigned, and conducts boating operations at multiple-island atolls. Assists with return, repair, and cleanup of field equipment and supplies at the end of the field research season and with the processing of field data.
Approximately five weeks of full-time (40 hours/week M-F) training and preparation/packing in Honolulu will be required before deployment via NOAA ships to field sites. Once deployed, all food and lodging costs are covered for the entire duration. Living conditions are rustic (e.g., living in tents, bathing in the ocean, no internet or cell phone coverage, and limited communication with the outside world via satellite phone/email). This assistants will work 6 days/week and more than 40 hrs/week, however, the position is eligible for overtime pay. Deployment to a remote field site is a serious undertaking. Delays in scheduled pick-up and drop-off dates due to weather or ship mechanical issues may occur, as well as long response times for emergency responses, including evacuation. For approximately one month after the end of the season, assistants will unpack, clean, and inventory gear and equipment as well as enter/validate data or complete other duties as assigned.
***Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien***