Program Associate – Hawaiian Island Humpback Whales National Marine Sanctuary Visitors’ Center (Kihei, HI)

HIHWNMS Maui Program Associate
Location: Hawaiian Island Humpback Whales National Marine Sanctuary Visitors’ Center, Kihei Hawaii
Reports to: Hawaii Director
Position Overview
The HIHWNMS Maui Program Associate works collaboratively as part of a team led by the HIHWNMS Program Specialist to develop and coordinate programing for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in support of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whales National Marine Sanctuary, primarily at Visitors’ Center at Kihei Maui. The HIHWNMS Maui Program Associate works with government, community, and corporate partners to plan, coordinate, and facilitate volunteers’ activities and supports the coordination and implementation of education programs and events at the Visitors’ Center.
This position supports and assists the HIHWNMS Program Specialist in the following ways:
Volunteer Tasks
● Recruit Volunteers/paperwork (including fingerprinting and security clearances) etc.;
● Conduct training sessions for new volunteers, develop content when needed and provide regular training opportunities to all volunteers;
● Oversee the volunteer newsletter;
● Schedule volunteers for activities – including quarterly volunteer appreciation event;
● Ensure that volunteers have what they need – t-shirts, brochures, name badges etc.;
● Support volunteers at outreach events
● Work with the HIHWNMS Program Specialist to plan and lead volunteer meetings, mindful that the Program Specialist is responsible for all volunteer programs.
● Create and maintain a volunteer “bulletin board” and social/training room for volunteers
Visitor Center Tasks
● Open and close buildings that are used for public events.
● Oversee volunteers in the visitor center;
● Responsible for maintaining and restocking brochures, supplies, etc. in the visitor
● Responsible for overseeing/training the volunteers working in the visitor center.
Overall site tasks
● Assist in training and mentoring volunteers working with the education program.
● Assist as needed with education classes;
● Assist with coordination/set ups of Sanctuary events (lectures, movies, Last
Saturdays etc.);
● Assist in the coordination of outreach events and new activities;
● Assist in creating student/school group experiences;
● Assist in coordinating and conducting student activities, teacher workshops and
training volunteers to work with education groups;
● Assist in developing new opportunities for volunteers that support the
● Assist in coordinating activities with volunteer leads
● Assist with developing a volunteer handbook and training guide and other
volunteer and on-site duties as needed;
● Write at least one article for the monthly newsletter;
● Participates in the development, planning, and execution of Sanctuary education
programs on behalf of the Foundation as part of the Office of National Marine
Sanctuaries HIHWNMS Team;
● Assist with Kihei Visitors’ Center exhibit creation, improvement and preservation
as well as content updates,
Desired Skills:
● Communicates effectively with volunteers, educators and community partners;
● Works independently as well as in teams to accomplish HIHWNMS objectives;
● Works effectively within competing and time-sensitive deadlines; and,
● With a spirit of flexibility and mutual team support, undertakes tasks as needed
and assigned for overall team success.
Required Qualifications:
● Able to attend to details, effectively prioritize a variety of competing tasks under
strict timelines and meet multiple deadlines, and approval processes;
● Able to use good judgment, take initiative, and make recommendations to solve
● Excellent written and oral communications skills;
● Able to work on a variety of projects in tandem with other ONMS program staff
and management partners;
● Can work collaboratively with a team or independently; and,
● Available to work nights, weekends, and holidays
● Knowledge of and proficiency with word processing suites (ie. Word, excel,
google docs, etc.)
Desired Qualifications:
● Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in
Education, Hawaiian Studies, Biology, Communications or related field;
● Three to five (3-5) years of experience in team management and program or
volunteers coordination;
● Experience in conducting workshops, evaluating programs, and working in
communities with diverse cultural and/or socioeconomic backgrounds;
● Experience in developing event planning;
● Familiarity working with the government and non-government organizations.
● Ability to work outdoors, weekends, lift up to 50 pounds
● Valid driver’s license
Compensation and Benefits: Salary $45,000-$47,000 with benefits. The
Foundation offers a competitive benefits package.
Start Date: August 15, 2018
To Apply: Applications should include a cover letter, resume, list of references and
several writing samples to Please be sure to put
HIHWNMS Maui Program Associate in the subject line. Applications received prior
to July 15, 2018 will be preferred.
The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to insure fair
and equal treatment of its employees.
About Us: The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (Foundation) is a private,
non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening and promoting U.S. national
marine sanctuaries and marine monuments through conservation, science,
education and community engagement.