1. In consultation with national stakeholders and based on the objectives of the College of Micronesia (COM) Plan of Work and CMI-CRE’s 5 year Strategic Plan, Develop an aquaculture research program addressing the nation’s needs to improve the aquaculture-for food security and economic benefits of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) using locally available commercially important shell and finfish primarily, but not totally restricted to sea cucumbers, pearl oysters, lobsters and giant clams.
2. Conceives, writes and submits 3-4 written proposals to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for Hatch project funding approval.
3. At least two of these research proposals on a couple of commercially important local species of finfish or shellfish should be mandatorily submitted within the first 6 months of employment.
4. Required to maintain at least 2-3 approved projects under the (NIFA, USDA) Hatch funding at all times…
5. In addition to NIFA/USDA grants, the researcher will seek funding from local, national, and international funding sources.
6. Provide technical help for the further development of hatchery-based aquaculture for selected fin and shellfish in the RMI.
7. Work closely with other aquaculture staff from the CRE Program and local agencies.
8. Consult with CMI Faculty administrators to determine any teaching responsibilities that include but are not limited to providing practical knowledge and mentoring for CMI Marine and Aquaculture students. The time allocated to teaching and mentoring will not exceed the allowable allocation and will be governed by the relevant CMI provisions.
9. Publish research findings in peer reviewed Journals.
10. Develop research and extension publications for clients.
11. Has a percentage of time responsibility to support and conduct extension activities with CRE-Extension Agents including formulation of research findings in a format suitable for extension use.
12. Required to travel to outer islands/atolls to set up demonstration farms and to monitor existing and new projects.
13. Must be able to transfer knowledge to local counterparts and provide technical training and supervise and assist field workers in area of specialty.
14. The Researcher under the supervision of CRE Associate Director/Dean will provide direction for the running of hatchery operations under his/her management. He/she is responsible for the day to day safe operations of the aquaculture facilities and equipment related and under the aquaculture program.
15. Researcher under the supervision of CRE Associate Director/Dean may provide recommendations and oversee justified improvements/modifications of CMI’s existing aquaculture hatchery facility for the sole purpose of conducting research, technology development and training for different species of finfish and shellfish.
16. Develops submits and generates online reports (monthly, quarterly and annual) for NIFA, USDA (Hatch) ,COM and CMI based on their respective plan of work and reporting requirements
17. Submits own monthly plan of work to CRE Associate Director/Dean for approval.
18. Consults and collaborates closely with other Aquaculture Researchers in the region in relation to his/her approved research projects.
19. May be required to work evenings, weekends, holidays, early morning and late night depending on the nature of the project and clients’ needs.
20. Perform other duties as assigned by the CRE Associate Director/Dean.