Employment

Employment

Pacific Whale Foundation

Conservation Manager

Regular Full Time

For over 40 years, Pacific Whale Foundation has been a leader in science, education and advocacy to protect whales and dolphins. Our Conservation program develops and advocates for science-based solutions to major stressors on whales and dolphins that align environmental, economic and community values. Using cutting edge data from our Research program, our team creates public policy agendas and mobilizes community members to support ocean protection efforts. Our priority issues include addressing the challenge of single-use plastic pollution, promoting best practices for whale watching tourism, raising awareness about rising ocean temperatures due to climate change and reducing the accidental catch of whales and dolphins by commercial fishing operations.

As we continue to grow, we’re looking for a passionate and strategic Conservation Manager to build and lead our policy advocacy work in Hawai’i and internationally.

The Conservation Manager is an exciting new role, reporting to the Deputy Executive Director. This position is responsible for leading the Conservation program in developing policy strategies to protect whales and dolphins at the state, federal and international level. The Conservation Manager manages a small team and works collaboratively with department and program managers across the organization, and represents PWF in the community, with policymakers, and with our donors, supporters and partners.

If you’re a leader with a passion for the oceans and an entrepreneurial spirit, we want to hear from you! Our ideal candidate has at least five years of experience leading, developing and managing conservation programs or large-scale conservation projects, is an experienced people manager who leads with support, transparency and collaboration, and is a strong, effective public speaker.

This is a full time, salaried, exempt position based in Hawai’i. Preference will be given to applicants who currently reside in Hawai’i. We offer competitive pay, a comprehensive benefits package and some amazing perks. Come join our team!

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PacWhale Eco-Adventures

Maintenance Engineer

Regular Full Time
Wailuku, HI, US

We have an immediate opening for an experienced Maintenance Engineer. This position reports to the Maintenance Manager and is responsible for overseeing and performing ongoing maintenance on our EcoTour fleet of vessels and related equipment. The Maintenance Engineer works to ensure that all vessels are ready for operation, minimizing unanticipated down time. This position will also perform work during dry docks – both locally and on other islands.

Our ideal candidate is a team player with the ability to troubleshoot, accurately diagnose and repair all types of marine engines, and has experience instructing/overseeing the work of others.  Excellent communication skills are a must. Knowledge of USCG policies and maritime regulations for Subchapter T certified passenger vessels and a passion for protecting our marine environment will set you apart!

This is a full-time, hourly, non-exempt position based out of our maintenance shop in Waikapu, on the island of Maui. The Maintenance Engineer will work on our vessels at Ma’alaea and Lahaina Harbors.  We offer competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package. Come join our team!

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Experience working on diesel and gasoline marine engines
  • Experience working on vessel electrical and plumbing systems
  • Valid drivers’ license (any state) and clean driving abstract
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, service desk system)
  • Strong communicator who is great at collaboration
  • Excellent time management and decision-making skills; able to thrive in a fast-paced environment working under tight timelines
  • Able to work unsupervised in extreme environmental conditions (heat, humidity, rain, wind, etc.)
  • Knowledge of USCG policies and maritime regulations for Subchapter T certified passenger vessels (preferred)
  • Must be able to lift 40lbs and bend, climb, crawl, squat, reach in and out of spaces aboard vessels as needed

All offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of a background check and drug test.

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Naturalist

Seasonal Full Time

Come work for one of Hawai’i’s Best Places to Work in 2021!

We’re looking for experienced marine Naturalists for our summer season (May – Oct).

As a Naturalist with PacWhale EcoAdventures, you’ll be responsible for assisting in the safe navigation and proper operations of the vessel, ensuring a safe environment for all passengers, and educating passengers aboard our eco-tours on Hawai’i’s geology, geography, natural history, ecology, culture and all aspects of marine life. You’ll work a variety of eco-tours out of either Ma’alaea or Lahaina harbor, promoting the mission of our non-profit parent organization, Pacific Whale Foundation. We provide a great training program and free uniforms, along with medical and dental insurance after 4 weeks and some amazing employee perks.

This is an seasonal, hourly, exempt, full-time position. All applicants are subject to a background check and pre-employment drug testing. We follow rigorous COVID-19 safety protocols to ensure the safety of our employees and passengers.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; studies in Marine Biology, Ecology, Zoology and Environmental Science preferred
  • Previous experience with marine education/interpretation
  • Previous experience working on boats
  • Certifications: First Aid, CPR, Lifeguard, Oxygen, AED + Maui County bar card (within 3 months of hire)

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Strong swimmer, able to free dive to 30 feet
  • Able to work long days in hot/humid/wet environment aboard a moving vessel at sea
  • Bend and safely lift up to 35 lbs. to a height of 3 feet and carry 30 feet
  • Team lift over 35 lbs.
  • Ride on small transport vessel in rough, bumpy seas; climb from small transport vessel onto main vessel in moving seas
  • Stand for extended periods on a moving vessel with periodic stepping, running and jumping
  • Climbing and crawling into/within/out of small spaces on the vessel
  • Lifting, carrying, throwing, pulling, coiling, securing lines

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Marine Mechanic

Regular Full Time

We have an immediate opening for an experienced Marine Mechanic. This position reports to the Maintenance Manager and is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of our EcoTour fleet of vessels and related equipment. The Marine Mechanic works to ensure that all vessels are ready for operation, minimizing unanticipated down time and assisting with dry docks on other islands as needed.

Our ideal candidate is a team player with the ability to troubleshoot, accurately diagnose and repair all types of marine engines and can work efficiently with minimal supervision. Knowledge of USCG policies and maritime regulations for Subchapter T certified passenger vessels and a passion for protecting our marine environment will set you apart!

This is a full-time, hourly, non-exempt position based out of our maintenance shop in Waikapu, on the island of Maui. The Marine Mechanic will work on our vessels at Ma’alaea and Lahaina Harbors.  We offer competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package. Come join our team!

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Experience with diesel engine maintenance
  • Valid drivers’ license (any state) and clean driving abstract
  • Basic computer skills
  • Strong communicator who is great at collaboration
  • Excellent time management and decision-making skills; able to thrive in a fast-paced environment working under tight timelines
  • Knowledge of USCG policies and maritime regulations for Subchapter T certified passenger vessels (preferred)

All offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of a background check and drug test.

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Purser

Seasonal Full Time

Have you always dreamed of working on the water? Are you a people person who loves to be part of a team? Come work for an organization that makes a difference! We’re currently hiring Pursers for our summer season (May – Oct). Pursers report to both the Captain and the Vessel Staff Supervisor and are responsible for passenger safety, food and beverage service, supplies, money handling and bank reconciliation, and fulfilling deckhand duties. Our ideal candidates have experience with food and beverage service (on a boat is a plus!), lifeguard experience, are great with people and never hesitate to pitch in and help out.

These are full time, seasonal, hourly, exempt positions and eligible for medical and dental insurance. We offer a competitive wage + tips. Come join us!

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma or equivalent (marine science degree a plus!)
  • Experience in food service, retail sales or general customer service
  • First Aid/CPR, Lifeguard, Oxygen and AED certifications (or able to obtain within 3 months)
  • Current Maui bar card (or able to obtain within 3 months)
  • Physically fit and able to move about on a moving vessel at sea with periodic stepping, climbing, running and jumping
  • Bend and safely lift up to 30 lbs and carry/maneuver on a moving vessel at sea; team lift 35+ lbs.
  • Able to perform frequent bending, lifting and squatting
  • Able to lift, carry, pull, throw, coil, and secure lines
  • Able to work long days in a hot/humid/wet environment
  • Able to work a flexible schedule including early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays out of Lahaina and Ma’alaea harbors
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S., at least 18 years old, and currently living on Maui

All offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of a background check and drug test.

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Hawaii Visitor Update

Aloha, We Are Open!  Our PacWhale Eco-Adventures are open for booking as we welcome visitors back to Maui.  Quarantine restrictions were lifted on Oct. 15th for those following the state’s pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements.

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