MMPA Specialist

A.I.S. Inc.

Honolulu, Hawaii

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $55,000 to $70,000
Deadline Jul 19, 2024
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

A.I.S., Inc. (AIS) is a national scientific services firm supporting maritime activities requiring certification of compliance with environmental regulations as well as collecting data for use by Federal, State, Municipal, and other government agencies along the US coastline. AIS is looking for Programmatic Consultation (MMPA) Specialists to support the Pacific Island Regional Office (PIRO) Protected Resources Division (PRD). The PRD is dedicated to protecting and recovering endangered species such as sea turtles, monk seals, cetaceans, corals, and other species in the Pacific Islands Region as mandated by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).

Primary Function:

AIS is looking for programmatic consultation (MMPA) specialists for an upcoming project we are looking to bid on. Under the authority of the MMPA, PIRO is responsible for developing and implementing take reduction programs (i.e., False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan), List of Fisheries, MMPA rules (i.e., spinner dolphin protective regulations), and implementing actions as required under the MMPA for the protection and conservation of protected marine mammals. To contribute to these actions, AIS is recruiting for a candidate who can provide the below services.


  • Support the development, implementation, and monitoring of spinner dolphin protective regulations (i.e., Swim With and Approach Regulation, Time-Area Closures of Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins Essential Habitats).
  • Provide Hawaiian spinner dolphin and general protected species outreach support to users interacting with Hawaiian spinner dolphins and the general public
  • Develop content for spinner dolphin protective regulations and protected species outreach signs and brochures.
  • Coordinate with the NOAA Fisheries Project Lead to identify and implement strategies for protected species outreach at spinner dolphin sites.
  • Coordinate with community members to identify partnership opportunities that support spinner dolphin protective regulations compliance and protected species conservation.
  • Monitor sites with high levels of spinner dolphin use (i.e., Kealakekua Bay, Honaunau Bay, Hookena Bay, and La Perouse Bay) to record and quantify human interactions with spinner dolphins and other protected species using the PIRO-established methods for monitoring human interactions with spinner dolphins.
  • Monitor sites to record spinner dolphin use and abundance using the PIRO-established methods for conducting surveys.
  • Assist PIRO in the preparation of the proposed and final rules.
    • Literature review, preparing sections of proposed and final rules, consolidating public comments, and analyzing data.
    • Review and edit documents for compliance with Section 508 requirements.
  • Carry out other tasks as required to implement actions under the MMPA, including supporting PIRO with its take reduction program (MMPA Section 118(f)), List of Fisheries, and related MMPA Section 118 activities.

Compensation: Candidates will be paid an hourly rate to be negotiated and total compensation will vary depending on candidates’ depth of experience. This is a full–time position. AIS benefits package includes health and dental insurance, vacation, sick and holiday benefits.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as Marine Biology, Biology or Environmental Science
  • At least one (2) year of experience working with marine mammal resources programs
  • One (1) year of experience in marine natural resource planning.
  • One (1) year of experience working on MMPA actions in Hawaii, Guam, CNMI, American Samoa, and/or PRIAs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree in a relevant field


  • Travel is anticipated.
  • Required travel to sites to conduct surveys and conduct meetings or outreach activities.


  • Remote but has to live on one of the Hawaiian Islands.


If you would like to apply for this exciting new opening, please click the following link http://aisobservers.com/careers/ to submit the required information:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing MMPA experience.
  • 3 professional references (name, email address and phone number)

All documents must be submitted for your application to be considered. If you have any questions pertaining to this opening, please feel free to contact the Talent Acquisition Team at talentacquisitionteam@aisobservers.com or 508-990-9035.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of A.I.S. to recruit, hire, train, promote, transfer and compensate our employees and provide all other conditions of employment including Company sponsored events without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, lawful alien status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

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Category Fisheries, Marine Biology
Tags Marine Mammal