Job Opportunity: PacIOOS Instrumentation Specialist


Job Opportunity: PacIOOS Instrumentation Specialist

****** The deadline to apply was February 12. This job posting has closed. ******

Seize the unique opportunity to join our small but dedicated and innovative team

The PacIOOS Instrumentation Specialist is an exciting, full-time, 2-year* position, responsible to coordinate, manage, and maintain an operational wave buoy network across Micronesia. PacIOOS stakeholders and users heavily rely on our network of wave buoys across the U.S. Pacific Islands for timely, reliable, and accurate wave and ocean information to support their decision-making.  With millions of data requests and website views, the wave buoy program is one of PacIOOS’ high-profile programs.

As an extension of the existing PacIOOS wave buoy program, the Instrumentation Specialist will site, deploy, and operate new directional Waverider wave buoys in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). Additionally, this position will serve as the liaison for PacIOOS’ Wave Buoy Program in Micronesia, which includes coordinating and collaborating with local partners and stakeholders, as well as providing technical capacity training to build regional ocean observing capacity. While the position will be based in Honolulu, extensive travel throughout the Insular Pacific is anticipated.

*Continuation of employment is dependent on program needs and availability of funds.

We are looking for a self-motivated, creative, and flexible team member with excellent collaboration, communication, and interpersonal skills. Three to five years of experience with oceanographic fieldwork and engineering, project management, and stakeholder engagement are necessary, as well as strong on- and in-water skills and knowledge of safe and effective small boat operations. Please see the link below to view all of the job qualifications. Salary is commensurate with experience.

At the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) we believe that coastal and ocean information helps save lives and protects livelihoods and resources. Our mission is to empower ocean users and stakeholders throughout the Pacific Islands by providing accurate and reliable coastal and ocean information, tools, and services that are easy to access and use.

Based within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, PacIOOS is one of 11 regional associations of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®). Check out our website at to learn more about our program and the data, tools, and services we provide.

You will love this job at PacIOOS because:

  • You will be making a difference in the lives of people across the Pacific Islands.
  • You will engage with an extremely diverse group of people and cultures.
  • You will travel and spend time in awesome locations throughout the Pacific Islands region.
  • You will be encouraged to be creative and innovative in how you succeed and meet PacIOOS program goals and objectives.
  • You will be part of an awesome team of talented and capable technicians, scientists, students, and programmers.
  • You will have the opportunity to grow in this position and to take on additional responsibilities as you excel and learn about program operations and goals.
  • You will have flexible work hours in a relaxed and friendly work environment.
  • You will always have a new challenge to address. Ocean observing is extremely dynamic!

Benefits and Perks

Although the RCUH application paperwork is admittedly time-consuming, please don’t let this dissuade you from applying to PacIOOS! Once you get past that stage, it is great to be an employee in the RCUH system. Here are some teasers:

  • 21 vacation days every year and 21 sick days every year.
  • Stellar retirement plan through TIAA-CREF, a 403(b) plan. RCUH contributes 10% of compensation once you meet eligibility requirements (1 year of service with RCUH), even if you contribute nothing!
  • UH/RCUH faculty/staff ID card with associated benefits on UH Mānoa campus.

Here is why one employee loves working at PacIOOS:

“I love how much PacIOOS and its employees care about the ocean and are committed to ocean observations. Staff are constantly trying to improve and expand on what we offer to support every-day decision-making for our users. It never gets old working at PacIOOS since it’s such a diverse program and team. No matter the field or specialty, whether programming, instrument technology, modeling, community outreach, or research, it’s a great and innovative team that supports each other and pushes the envelope to make a difference.”


To view the full job description, including details on Major Duties, Primary and Secondary Qualifications, and to apply online, please visit the job posting on the RCUH website ( and enter job ID#221035.

CLOSING DATE: February 12, 2021. We look forward to hearing from you! If you have any questions about the position or PacIOOS in general, please contact Nicole Wakazuru-Yoza at (808) 956-5018 or

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PacIOOS is the first regional association that was certified as a Regional Information Coordination Entity (RICE) by the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Certification provides NOAA and its interagency partners a means to verify that a regional association’s organizational and operational practices, including data management, meet recognized and established standards set by NOAA.