Research Support (Research Associate)
University of Hawaii - Honolulu, HI

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Duties and Responsibilities
  • Based in Live Exhibits Department, supervised by Curator. Serves as lead biologist in coral propagation and research programs.
  • Monitors and performs maintenance and repairs of assigned and backup aquarium exhibits; husbandry duties include, but are not limited to, cleaning, feeding, visual inspection for disease detection, water quality assessment and disease treatment.
  • Participates in the design, creation and installation of renovated and new exhibits that are ecologically realistic and of the highest public viewing standards.
  • Collects animals for exhibits and research; assists with the collection of algae, invertebrates, fishes, live rock and food organisms, using SCUBA, snorkeling, netting, and hook-and-line methods.
  • Observes and assesses animal health and behavior, and reports observations to appropriate supervisor.
  • Maintains extensive records on field and exhibit animals.
  • Writes grant and permit applications and reports as required.
  • Maintains life support equipment, e.g., water and air pumps, chillers, protein skimmers, lights, etc.
  • Uses computers and word processing, spreadsheet, database, and graphing programs.
  • Performs shift work, including late night, holiday and weekend duties and other specialized work assignments.
  • Makes presentations, teaches classes, and interacts with the public, docents, and volunteers. Assists with Aquarium events and activities.
  • Works at heights and in confined places.
  • Lifts objects weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Complies with OSHA requirements, including wearing appropriate clothing, safety equipment and respirator mask, where appropriate.
  • Interacts with WAQ staff, volunteers, students, visitors, etc. in a polite, courteous and professional
  • Supervises student aquarists and volunteers. Ensures that supervised personnel interact with WAQ staff, volunteers, students, visitors, etc., in a polite, courteous and professional manner.
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Minimum Qualifications
  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree in Biological Sciences and 2 year(s) of progressively responsible professional experience with responsibilities for previous experience at a Public Aquarium or Zoological Park; or equivalent education/training or experience.
  • Functional knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in Aquarium Biology or Aquaculture demonstrated by knowledge, understanding and ability to apply concepts, terminology.
  • Functional knowledge and understanding of principles, theories, federal and state laws, rules, regulations and systems associated with public aquariums.
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize problems, identify possible causes and resolve the full range problems that may commonly occur in the public aquarium field.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand oral and written documentation, write reports and procedures, and communicate effectively in a variety of situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team members and individuals.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and apply word processing software.
  • Any equivalent combination of education and/or professional work experience which provides the required education, knowledge, skills and abilities as indicated.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year university in biology, zoology or related field. Ability to apply the scientific method and conduct research.
  • Two years professional experience at a public aquarium, zoological park or equivalent, to include experience employing the basic principles of freshwater and marine aquarium keeping and life support systems, and a proven record of achievements.
  • Proven experience and expertise in husbandry, life support systems and public aquarium display of corals.
  • Demonstrated specialst knowledge, experience and ability in husbandry, life support systems and public aquarium display of marine invertebrates (except corals) and fishes.
  • Proven experience in the design, construction, installation, and maintenance of public aquarium exhibits.
  • Proven record of willingness to follow instructions, and a timely response/result, and a record of producing innovative solutions to work-related problems.
  • Previous experience with public presentations, teaching classes, working with students, docents and volunteers.
  • Proven record of being able to work independently, be self-motivated and show initiative.
  • Knowledge of computers and proficiency with word processing, database and spreadsheet programs.
  • Certified SCUBA diver and ability to meet the University of Hawaii Scientific Diver certification.
  • Willing and able to comply with OSHA requirements, including wearing appropriate clothing, safety equipment and respirator mask, where appropriate.
  • Ability to lift and carry objects weighing 40 pounds, for the purpose of transporting Live Exhibits-related materials, equipment and specimens to/from/within the Aquarium.
  • Able to work at heights, use ladders and work in confined spaces.
  • Must be able to work some weekends, late nights, and/or holidays and flexible working hours, as needed.
  • Ability to travel independently to and from meetings, events and WAQ in a timely manner, fulfilled by possession of a valid Drivers License (Class 3), or use of other means of transportation, which meets position needs.
  • Able to travel off island/out of state/internationally.
  • Desirable Qualifications
  • Three or more years professional experience in a public aquarium, zoological park, or equivalent
  • Hands-on experience with field collecting techniques using snorkel and Scuba.
  • Ability to work in a culturally diverse environment.

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