Lynker is seeking to hire a Part-Time (600 annual hours) Biological Technician IV to support a current contract with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO) Protected Resources Division (PRD) Hawaiian Marine Mammal Health and Response Support. Relocation will not be provided for this position.
The Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO) of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). PIRO manages programs that support both domestic and international conservation and management of living marine resources within the Pacific. Within PIRO, the Protected Resources Division (PRD) is dedicated to protecting and recovering endangered and threatened species of sea turtles, monk seals and cetaceans as mandated by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). Through management, conservation and recovery efforts; and public outreach and education, PRD strives to ensure the recovery and survival of the protected marine species of the Pacific Islands Region for future generations. Among its many responsibilities, PRD is responsible for marine mammal health and stranding response in the region, and as part of this responsibility PRD manages the main Hawaiian Islands Marine Mammal Response Network (MMRN). The central purpose of the MMRN is to build and maintain capacity for effective, efficient, humane, and legally compliant response to Hawaiian monk seal and cetacean strandings and other incidents. PRD manages the MMRN in partnership with the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources and other agencies and organizations.
This position encompasses professional technical support services required to conduct marine mammal health and stranding response activities and to coordinate the MMRN in the main Hawaiian Islands. The MMRN in the main Hawaiian Islands relies heavily on the support of volunteers drawn from island communities, and managing and supporting the volunteer network is a major part of this task order. Services are required to coordinate volunteer response network members as they serve in a variety of roles, including routine monk seal haul-out assessment and response support, filling shifts at monk seal pup monitoring stations, confirming the presence and condition of a stranded cetacean, completing marine mammal health and response forms and data sheets, and staffing educational booths at public events. The services in this task order also include direct technical support to PRD for marine mammal health and stranding response activities, including coordination and assistance with field response and assessment; assistance with animal capture, transport, treatment and captive care; and managing response equipment and supplies.
The Biological Technician IV duties include:
- Coordinate or assist field responses to marine mammal stranding incidents, including live and dead cetacean stranding’s, and Hawaiian monk seal haul-outs, hooking, entanglements, and other injuries. The service shall be provided at the location of the incident in the field (on-site) and/or remotely via telephone, text and/or email, depending on the circumstances of each incident. Marine mammal response coordination and assistance shall include, but not be limited to:
- Receiving response reports from the marine mammal response hotline and conducting an initial assessment and/or dispatching staff and volunteers to conduct an initial assessment.
- Based on initial report assessment, take appropriate action, directly or indirectly via volunteers or staff. Response actions shall include, but not be limited to, photo documentation and data reporting; erecting, maintaining and dismantling seal protection zones (SPZs); on-scene monitoring and communicating status updates to NMFS staff; and providing on-scene and remote support for response veterinarians and NMFS response staff.
- Coordinate and assist marine mammal necropsies; veterinary sample and parts collection, processing, and storage; and carcass transport and disposal.
- Coordinate and assist in field collection, temporary holding, and transport of Hawaiian monk seals on Oahu and from one main Hawaiian Island to another via air and land transport provided by NMFS.
- Assist captive care of Hawaiian monk seals for short-term rehabilitation purposes at NMFS- authorized facilities, such as the IRC and Waikiki Aquarium.
- Coordinate, plan, schedule, and attend meetings with the response network members, partner agency and organization staff, and other stakeholders.
- Oversee schedules for volunteer trainings, public and volunteer meetings, and volunteer shifts during monk seal pup monitoring events and other marine mammal response events.
- Complete marine mammal health and response forms and monk seal sighting data forms.
- Assist with developing, disseminating, and tech transfer of response protocols and SOP’s.
- Develop and conduct volunteer and staff trainings regarding response protocols and SOP’s.
- Assist with market research, procurement, tracking, inventory and distribution of response services, equipment and supplies.
- Conduct and coordinate public education and outreach activities, such as classroom presentations in local schools and informational booths at community events, using NMFS-approved information and materials.
- Draft correspondences and emails to agency partners and MMRN members regarding marine mammal health and response support activities.
- Provide field support on other main Hawaiian Islands in addition to Oahu (Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau, and Hawaii Island) to coordinate and support marine mammal stranding response for cetacean stranding’s and monk seal incidents requiring supplemental response capacity not available on-island (e.g., large live cetacean stranding’s in remote areas and seriously injured monk seals requiring transport to Oahu) as requested by NMFS.
Minimum required qualifications include:
- Bachelor’s degree and six (6) years’ experience or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in biology or field of study relating and four (4) years’ experience relating to marine mammal response, marine wildlife management, natural resources management, or comparable field.
- Experience working in Hawaii
- Experience managing volunteers and/or working with volunteer organizations
- Marine mammal handling experience
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