Assistant Extension Agent (Aquaculture Extension Agent) Position #0088254T

Applications Due: 7/30/2020 11:59 PM Hawaii

Salary: Semi-Monthly
Location: Honolulu, HI
Job Type: Full-Time Temporary
Department: University of Hawai’i at Manoa – SOEST – Sea Grant College Program
Job Number: 2019-01470
Closing: 7/30/2020 11:59 PM Hawaii
Position Number: 0088254T

Title: Assistant Extension Agent
Position Number: 0088254T
Hiring Unit: University of Hawai’i Sea Grant College Program
Location: Hawai’i Island
Date Posted: July 16, 2020
Closing Date: July 30, 2020
Monthly Type: 11 Month
Tenure Track: Non Tenure
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time (100% FTE)
Temporary/Permanent: Temporary – Not to Exceed: 08/31/2022
Other Conditions: Renewal contingent upon availability of funds and satisfactory
performance of duties.

The University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program (Hawai‘i Sea Grant) conducts an integrated program of research, outreach, and education in support of the wise stewardship of marine resources and sustainable coastal communities. This Program is one of thirty-four (34) Sea Grant College Programs in the United States. Core funding is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Under the general supervision of the Hawai’i Sea Grant director, associate director/extension leader, and program leader, this position will serve communities in Hawai‘i and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands through an innovative extension program on aquaculture that supports the Sea Grant sustainable fisheries and aquaculture focus area. This Hawai‘i Island Aquaculture Extension Agent position will be co-located with the Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center (PACRC) at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (UHH) on Hawai‘i Island and have PACRC, UHH, and statewide extension duties and responsibilities. The position will be responsible for establishing an extension program in aquaculture, developing relationships with the aquaculture industry, identifying aquaculture stakeholder needs, informing aquaculture research activities, disseminating science-based information through traditional extension methods to inform aquaculture stakeholder decision-making, and instruction at UHH.

The responsibilities and primary functions of the position include, but are not limited to:

• As part of a newly developed aquaculture hub across Hawai’i and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI), work closely with existing research, education, and extension programs including, but not exclusive to: PACRC; the Tuahine Aquaculture Research and Education Center (TAREC); the Center for Sustainable Integrated Agriculture and Aquaculture (CSIAA); and the
Marine and Environmental Research Institute of Pohnpei (MERIP) to develop an integrated/interdisciplinary extension program related to the growth, development, health and marketing of aquaculture species of importance to community and commercial interests and applications to production challenges in Hawai‘i and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands.
• Disseminate technical information including assistance in navigating and understanding permitting processes to aquaculture stakeholders statewide using appropriate extension methods.
• Collaborate with the research community to assist in their development of competitive research projects and to promote innovation.
• Collaborate with other extension faculty to communicate and extend research findings in support of indigenous and conventional aquaculture production and further development of the aquaculture industry.
• Promote and obtain extramural funding for research and extension programs in aquaculture.
• Cooperate and collaborate with professionals and administrators in state and region-wide aquaculture programs.
• Develop networking relationships with aquaculture professionals in Sea Grant and Land Grant programs across the U.S.
• Develop extension publications such as technical reports, brochures, manuals, etc. and workshops that transfer technology and disseminate latest scientific information.
• Teach one undergraduate and/or graduate class related to aquaculture annually at UHH.
• Participate in regular Sea Grant faculty and staff meetings and reporting of activities.
• Develop an annual work plan and provide timely reporting of activities, impacts and accomplishments.
• Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
• Master’s degree in animal sciences, fisheries biology or related field with a focus on aquaculture or, in addition to the Bachelor’s degree, 30 credits of post-baccalaureate academic work in one of the fields listed above. and at least three (3) years of experience in Cooperative Extension work, Sea Grant Extension work or equivalent in closely related fields.
• A least three-years working experiences in aquaculture production set-up environments.
• Demonstrated ability to produce ornamental and/or food fish in a hatchery and rearing through adult stages.
• Demonstrated experience with grow out of ornamental and/or food fish species in land-based and open water systems.
• Knowledge and experience in presenting findings at public and scientific venues.
• Demonstrated experience in preparing reports for university, state or federal grants, and other reporting.
• Ability to exercise independent judgment and to assume responsibility for developing an Extension program.
• Ability to work harmoniously with other agents in an integrated Extension system, and with related agencies.

Desirable Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in animal science, fisheries biology or any other biological sciences with a focus on aquaculture or aquatic species with commercial value.
• Experience with recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS).
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in multicultural settings with diverse stakeholders.
• Experience in Hawai‘i or the Pacific Islands in aquaculture development.
• Publications in aquaculture-important species and thorough knowledge of current aquaculture research and extension literature.
• Experience working with aquaculture producers and other stakeholder, and experience in extension work or equivalent with finfish aquaculture and commercial production, aquaponics, particularly biology, hatchery systems, pond or tank production systems, and farm management.
• Successful record of grantsmanship.
• Demonstrated ability to teach college or university-level courses.
• Experience with siting and permitting of offshore aquaculture facilities.
• Experience with preparing environmental assessments for offshore aquaculture.

To Apply: Submit the following online through NEOGOV: 1) cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications; 2) current curriculum vitae; 3) names and contact information (phone and e-mail) of three (3) professional references; and 4) official transcripts (copies acceptable for application, but if selected, originals required at time of hire). All application materials must be submitted by the closing date. Failure to submit all application materials by the closing date shall deem an application incomplete and will not be considered.

Inquiries: Darren Okimoto; 808-956-7031;

EEO/AA, Clery Act, ADA

The University of Hawai’i is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

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E. Gordon Grau Coastal and Marine Resource Management Fellowship Program
(Grau Fellowship)


APPLICATIONS DUE: 5:00 pm HST on Friday, May 1, 2020

About the Fellowship

In recognition of Professor Emeritus E. Gordon Grau’s service of more than 14 years to the Sea Grant College Program at the University of Hawaiʻi (Hawaiʻi Sea Grant) and the national network of 34 Sea Grant College Programs nationwide, we have established the E. Gordon Grau Coastal and Marine Resource Management Fellowship Program (Grau Fellowship). This fellowship provides a unique degree-to-work experience for post-graduate students who have an interest in ocean and coastal resources in the state of Hawaiʻi and the management and policy decisions affecting those resources.

Sponsored by Hawaiʻi Sea Grant, the Grau Fellowship provides a unique educational and work opportunity for post-graduate students who are interested in coastal and marine resource management and policy decisions affecting those resources in Hawaiʻi. Modeled after the highly successful John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program, the Grau Fellowship provides fellows an opportunity to acquire hands-on, on-the-job experience in the planning, implementation and management of marine, coastal, and/or watershed resource policies and programs in Hawaiʻi. The program matches highly motivated and qualified recent graduates of graduate programs with hosts in state, federal or municipal agencies and non-profits in Hawaiʻi for a 2-year paid fellowship ($4,833.33 per month).


Graduate students at institutions of higher education in Hawaiʻi who complete their degrees (Masters, Ph.D., or J.D) in fields related to conservation, management, public policy, planning, or law of marine and/or coastal resources after May 1, 2019 and no later than June 30, 2020 are eligible and encouraged to apply (e.g., students who completed graduate programs in the Hawaiian Islands). Additionally, applicants who graduated from a high school in Hawaiʻi and who complete their graduate degrees in related disciplines as described above from accredited institutions of higher education outside of Hawaiʻi after May 1, 2019 and no later than June 30, 2020 are encouraged to apply (e.g., students who graduated high school in Hawaiʻi and completed graduate degrees in California). Applicants should address their interest and experience in either marine/coastal/watershed science, natural and cultural resource management, planning, public policy, and/or law. Fellows must complete all degree requirements before starting the fellowship.

Hawaiʻi Sea Grant is committed to increasing the diversity of the workforce in Hawaiʻi. Sea Grant embraces individuals of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, job classifications, veteran status types, and income, and socioeconomic status types. Hawaiʻi Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking.

Stipend and Expenses
Each fellow will receive a $58,000/year stipend for the 2-year fellowship ($4,833.33/month). Fellows will be responsible for obtaining health insurance and for the tracking and allocation of state and federal taxes as appropriate. Possible travel associated with the fellowship may be covered by the host agency at the agency’s discretion.

Length of Assignment

The length of assignment is 2 years (24 months; non-renewable). The fellowship will begin August 1, 2020 and end July 31, 2022.

Application Process

A complete application will include:

1. Personal and academic curriculum vitae (two pages maximum, 12 point font)

2. A personal education and career goal statement (1000 words maximum, 12 point font)
that includes the following:

-Emphasizes the applicant’s abilities and interests, relevant background and experience, and expectations of the career development experience.

-Describes what the applicant expects to gain from and contribute to the Grau Fellowship Program.

-Describes the applicant’s specific interest/preference in the potential host offices listed.

3. Two letters of professional recommendation, including one from the student’s major professor. If no major professor exists, the faculty member who is most familiar with the applicant academically may be substituted.

4. Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts. Unofficial copies will be accepted at time of application deadline with official transcripts due prior to finalizing awards.

How to Submit Application

Applications should be submitted via eProjects by 5:00 PM HST on Friday, May 1, 2020.

Late applications will not be considered. Students will be asked to submit the names and emails for their letter writers. Letters of recommendation will be submitted via eProjects directly from the letter writers.

Please submit via email to:

Maya Walton
Program Leader and Research Coordinator
University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program
(808) 956-6992

Potential Host Office(s) for the 2020 Fellowship

Wastewater Alternatives and Innovations (WAI)

Wastewater Alternatives and Innovations (WAI) is a newly registered non-profit organization that is dedicated to reducing the wastewater discharge from the state’s cesspools (more than 88,000) and failing septic systems. They are focused on finding more innovative, affordable and eco-friendly technological and financial solutions to help homeowners and communities with the conversion of their cesspools and failing septic systems. The Grau Fellow will be involved in monitoring project plans, organizing and participating in stakeholder meetings, and ensuring that project deadlines are met successfully. The fellow will need to be able to work on tight deadlines, be highly organized and enjoy collaborating with colleagues and partners on innovative wastewater solutions. Fellows should also have good verbal, written, and presentation skills in the following areas:

Desired skills and requisite background for this fellow are:

• Demonstrated background in geology, hydrology, ecology, engineering or related subject matter
• Ability to think critically, work in teams, write clearly, coordinate and organize working groups, translate technical/scientific results to non-technical audiences
• Experience with Autodesk/AutoCAD, GIS mapping
• Knowledge of data analysis, site and design evaluations for potential projects

Selection of finalists (Class of 2020) will be made based on reviews of written application materials and interviews (in person, Skype, or phone). Selection criteria include: academic ability, communication skills, diversity and appropriateness of academic background, clear articulation of career goals and how the fellowship fits in the students anticipated career path, additional qualifying experience, and letters of support.

May 1, 2020 (5:00 PM HST): Applications due via eProjects
May 2020 (approximate): Interviews for selection of finalists by Hawaiʻi Sea Grant.
June 2020 (approximate): Finalists are notified of status.
August 1, 2020: Fellowship begins (date can be negotiated between fellow and host agency).

For additional information, please contact:
Maya Walton
Program Leader and Research Coordinator University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program; (808) 956-6992

Hawai‘i Sea Grant is Seeking Science Writers

Science writers specializing in coastal and ocean resource management and water resource management needed for Hawai‘i Sea Grant’s biannual magazine Ka Pili Kai, published by the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program, Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Must possess an understanding of Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands issues. It is helpful if the contractor is based in Hawai‘i or the Pacific Islands, but is not required.

Ka Pili Kai magazine communicates scientific knowledge to people of all ages who are interested in ocean and coastal management. It focuses on the topics such as water resources, coastal and climate science, sustainable coastal tourism, smart building and community design, marine education, and indigenous science, knowledge, and culture. The magazine is geared for ocean and coastal resource managers, policymakers, nongovernmental organizations such as environmental groups, and interested citizens. Please find a copy of our last issue HERE.

  1. The contractor will collect information on a pre-selected topic by interviewing scientists, resource managers, or cultural experts who are involved with the topic of interest. For this particular issue the articles will focus broadly on water resource issues in Hawai‘i and the Pacific region. The articles will focus on topics such as water availability and climate justice; drought; legal issues surrounding water rights in Hawai‘i, innovative technologies to reduce water usage; and sustainable technologies in renewable energy and aquaculture.
  2. The contractor will be requested to write one or more of the following:
  3. 600-word profile on an individual
  4. 600-word story on a specific topic of interest that will be assigned
  5. 1,500-word summary of a selected journal article
  6. 2,000-2,500-word story on a specific topic of interest that will be assigned

The target audience includes policymakers, ocean and coastal resource professionals, and interested citizens. The articles should spark the reader’s interest by:

  1. Translating technical scientific information into layman’s terms.
  2. Providing context so the relevance of the information is readily apparent.
  3. Providing interesting quotes from the scientists and other interviewees.
  4. Craft a frame narrative so the article tells an interesting story and holds the reader’s

The contractor will also:

  1. Obtain photos and/or figures from the featured scientist(s) or cultural experts related to the findings and write captions for each. Photos and figures should be provided electronically as individual files. Photos should be .jpg or .tiff files with a minimum resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi).
  2. Provide managing editor with a preliminary draft for review and work with them to resolve any issues regarding clarity and accuracy.
  3. Submit the final draft electronically in Microsoft Word along with photos and figures to the managing editor within 3 weeks.

The contractor must have sufficient understanding of science and ocean and coastal management to translate complex scientific information and make it interesting and accessible to a broad audience.

How to apply:

To apply, please send a PDF of the following application materials to

  •    Cover letter
  •    Resume or CV
  •    3 writing samples that demonstrate an ability to translate scientific information in a style that stimulates the interest of an educated audience.
  1. Potential contractors shall supply a lump sum bid for writing one or more of the articles described above.
  2. Contractor is paid per article following satisfactory submittal.
  3. The contractor does not own the copyright to any work or writing produced.

Reply by January 18, 2019, 5:00 pm HST.

Email responses to:

Questions? Please contact Cindy Knapman,, (808) 956-7410

About the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program

Founded in 1968, the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program (Hawai’i Sea Grant) is part of a national network of 33 programs that promote better understanding, conservation, and use of coastal resources. Hawai’i Sea Grant works in partnership with the University of Hawaiʻi’s prestigious School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to identify Hawaiʻi’s critical resource management issues and guide cutting-edge scientific research to address these challenges.

Hawai’i Sea Grant supports an innovative program of research, extension, education, and communication services directed to the improved understanding and stewardship of coastal and marine resources. Realizing the necessity of collaboration to address coastal resource issues, Hawai’i Sea Grant also provides links between academia, federal, state, and local government agencies, industries, and local community members.

Peter J. Rappa Sustainable Coastal Development Fellowship


APPLICATIONS DUE: Friday, March 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM HST

To continue the spirit and good work of long-time coastal sustainability extension agent Peter Joseph Rappa, the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program (Hawai‘i Sea Grant) created the Peter J. Rappa Fellowship (Rappa Fellowship) in memory of Mr. Rappa. Rappa Fellow(s) will be selected and involved in training and research to better understand aspects of coastal sustainability and resilience conducted within several of the Hawai‘i Sea Grant Centers of Excellence. Hawai‘i’s communities are engaging their natural, social, and built environments in efforts to better manage issues that affect their livability, sustainability and resilience. The Rappa Fellows will further their knowledge and understanding of sustainable coastal communities through research, extension, and community-based education in topics of coastal smart growth and community planning and their integration with hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation as well as cultural and traditional knowledge of Hawai‘i.

Potential projects for the 2020 Fellowship:
Building equitable partnerships with Rural and Indigenous Communities

  • Conduct research and analysis of intellectual property rights (IPR), practices, and agreements in the context of rural and indigenous communities partnering with research and management institutions for natural resources stewardship. For example:
    • Current intellectual property clauses, agreements, and practices used by institutions partnering with rural and Native Hawaiian communities.
    • IPR practices and policies used by indigenous communities globally with potential relevance or applicability in Hawaiʻi
    • Templates and sample language for agreements that safeguard indigenous culture and traditional knowledge

Growing Sustainable Coastal Tourism in Hawaiʻi

  • Assist with the development of a Sustainable Coastal Tourism Summit which would aim to bring together thought leaders, industry professionals, and researchers conducting work on this topic
  • Research case studies on the development of an office of outdoor recreation. Draft a prospectus of what an office of outdoor recreation would look like in Hawaiʻi
  • Develop a story map for Waikiki
  • Research models for fee structures that would aid on managing tourism

Preparing Hawaiʻi’s built environment for climate shocks and stresses

  • Conduct background research and data collection in support of the City and County of Honolulu’s implementation of Action 12 of the O‘ahu Resilience Strategy, Launch Residential Hurricane Retrofit Program to Strengthen Properties Vulnerable to Hurricanes
  • Conduct background research and data collection in support of the City and County of Honolulu’s implementation of Action 31 of the O‘ahu Resilience Strategy, Establish a Storm Water Enterprise Fund to Better Finance Storm Water Management, specifically to prepare methods, contents, and an outline of a “green infrastructure plan.”
  • Conduct background research and data collection in support of the City and County of Honolulu’s implementation of Action 33 of the O‘ahu Resilience Strategy, Keep O‘ahu Cool by Maintaining and Enhancing the Community Forest, specifically to prepare methods, contents, and an outline of a “tree master plan.”

The Rappa Fellow will also gain an understanding of the multifaceted operations of Hawai‘i Sea Grant through shadowing extension faculty and participating in activities as scheduling permits.

Requirements (Who is eligible?)

All full-time undergraduates or graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited university or community college are eligible to apply for the Rappa Fellowship


Hawai‘i Sea Grant office at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus
City and County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency


Maya Walton, Program Leader, University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program

Length of Fellowship

  • 8-weeks full time (40 hour/week) summer fellowship
  • Begins Monday June 15, 2020 and ends Monday, August 10, 2020


  • $6,000

Application components

  • Cover Letter (2 pages maximum)
    • The cover letter should describe your goals with an emphasis on what you as the applicant expect to gain from and contribute to the Rappa Fellowship program. The cover letter should also describe your specific interest/preference in the potential projects listed above and how your background and experience supports this project.
  • Resume (2 pages maximum)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Two reference letters

Application Submission:

Please submit via eProjects by Friday, March 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM HST

Contact for Questions:

Maya Walton
Program Leader and Research Coordinator
University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program
(808) 956-6992

Selection of finalists

Finalists will be selected by a review panel and will be contacted for interviews in April. Final decisions will be made by May and all applicants will be notified of a decision by this time.

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program


University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program
2525 Correa Road, HIG #238
Honolulu, HI 96822

Important dates and deadlines

Friday Feb. 21, 2020 5pm: applications due to Hawaii Sea Grant
Feb. 1, 2021: start date for Knauss Fellowship in Washington DC

The John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program, which is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program, matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one-year paid fellowship.

How to Apply: Interested students should discuss this fellowship with Hawai’i Sea Grant. Please contact Hawaiʻi Sea Grant Program Leader, Maya Walton at 808-956-6992 or No more than six (6) applicants will be submitted to the NSGO according to criteria used in the national competition. The selection process and notification to Hawaiʻi Sea Grant will be completed by June of 2020.

Applicants must be graduate students as of Feb 21, 2020 to be eligible, but may graduate any time thereafter. Students from natural science, social science, and law graduate and professional programs are encouraged to apply. Any questions on the fellowship or application process can be directed to Hawaii Sea Grant Program Leader, Maya Walton (waltonm@hawaii.edu808-956-6992). Thank you!

For further details, visit:

Read full announcement on Grants.Gov:

Coastal Management Fellowship


University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program
2525 Correa Road, HIG #238
Honolulu, HI 96822

Important dates and deadlines

Friday Jan 18, 2019: applications due to Hawaii Sea Grant
August 2019 start date for Coastal Management Fellowship

The Coastal Management Fellowship provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

How to Apply: Interested students should discuss this fellowship with Maya Walton (link sends e-mail) at 808-956-6992 or No more than three (3) applicants will be submitted to the NOAA Coastal Services Center. A reminder that students are eligible to apply if they completed or plan to complete their master’s, doctoral, or professional degrees between January 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019.

For further details, visit the Coastal Management Fellowship website at:

Read full announcement HERE