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

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by Darren Okimoto
Published: July 22, 2020 (6 months ago)
Hawaii Island

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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.