[job]: Field Response Sector Manager – Hawaii Marine Mammal Alliance (Oahu, HI)



Hawaii Marine Mammal Alliance (HMMA) is a non-profit organization funded by private donations, government grants and corporate sponsorships.  We are dedicated to the preservation, recovery and stewardship of Hawaii’s endangered marine mammals and the coastal ecosystem we share.  In partnership with NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, our staff and volunteers support critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal species research and recovery efforts through important field response, assessment, identification, documentation – and when needed – assistance with in-field animal interventions and stranding support.  Another primary function of the organization is engaging in public outreach to educate residents and visitors and to promote responsible viewing, interaction and fishing activity that fosters stewardship of the Hawaiian monk seal species.


Hawaii Marine Mammal Alliance (HMMA) has an immediate opening for a Field Response Sector Manager responsible for the southern section of the Island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii. The position is responsible for the following duties:

–  Patrol shorelines for, or respond to, reports of Hawaiian monk seal sightings on land or in shallow waters.

–  Locate, assess, identify and document Hawaiian monk seals and their activity to assist NOAA researchers in species recovery research and management.

–  Assist with animal intervention activity, marine mammal rescue and stranding support.

–  Engage with the public to educate people about this critically endangered species and to promote responsible viewing, interaction and sustainable fishery activities.

–  Recruit, train and manage volunteers to ensure field response schedules and coverage needs are met.

–  Become subject matter expert on Hawaiian monk seals regularly sighted within the sector.

–  Become subject matter expert on haul-out locations within the sector, including shoreline access logistics, homeowner contacts, gated entry access, and other operational information.

–  Identify public education, outreach and non-profit partnering opportunities within the sector.

–  Develop relationships with law enforcement or other government personnel that can assist with marine mammal response and management within the sector.

–  Develop relationships with individuals within the sector that can assist with cultural issues associated with marine mammal haul-outs or strandings.

–  Assist other staff with gaps in personnel coverage and on completing key projects.


This job is considered a part-time position based on a work schedule encompassing approximately 108 hours per month and is exempt from State of Hawaii requirements to provide paid health care insurance.  Core competencies needed for the position include:

–  Possess excellent written and oral command of the English language

–  Be a person with a professional and open personal demeanor that enjoys contact with the public, volunteers and fellow staff

–  Possess effective personnel management skills

–  Ability to thrive in a highly dynamic environment and the flexibility to navigate changing organizational needs

–   Ability to work in a virtual environment without direct supervision

–  Have a passion for and an understanding of environmental, conservation or wildlife issues


–  21 years of age or older

–  College degree or equivalent

–  Willingness to commit to this position for a period of at least 2 years

–  U.S. citizenship or relevant needed work permits and/or visas

–  A least 1 year in prior supervisory positions or relevant experience

–  Relevant work experience, preferably in marine mammal management, conservation or environmental matters

–  Valid drivers license, full-time access to a reliable vehicle and proof of insurance with Hawaii minimum liability coverage

–  Access to a cellular phone with 4G data service

–  Access to a personal computer with Internet access

–  Ability to walk at least 3 miles over shoreline conditions

–  Ability to lift and carry at least 75 pounds over 100 feet

–  Be available for emergency response anywhere on the Island of Oahu

–  Physical abilities to support strenuous activities associated with restraint or removal of marine mammals in difficult shoreline terrain and challenging environmental conditions

–  Pass background check


Please send a letter of interest and your resume for consideration to jon.gelman@hi-mma.org no later than August 31, 2016.  The intent is to fill this position no later than September 30, 2016.