part-time employment for pacific island fisheries science center

Lynker is looking for someone for the next year for part-time work to assist the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center with socioeconomic research projects. I'm hoping you can assist me in finding a few candidates because I'm sure at least one of you knows a young person who can speak Samoan!  We're hoping for a start date shortly after October 1, 2021.


Please forward this job to anyone you think might fit and be interested! They can email me directly.


Here's the job information:

The task involves working with fishing community members across the Pacific Islands Region to support PIFSC socioeconomic research projects. While projects may be diverse in scope, they share the common requirement of community engagement. Community engagement will be required to communicate research efforts, connect with eligible study participants in the community, collect data based on specified research designs (in first languages as appropriate), support interpretation of participant input, validate research findings with study participants, and disseminate results in culturally appropriate ways to study participants and the broader community. When and where research and scientific communications are conducted in first languages, translation and transcription services and documentation will be required to be developed and shared with PIFSC Project Lead/COR. The task requires keen awareness and respect for local culture and customs, initiative, and an ability to find solutions to unforeseen challenges.

  • 400 hours for the year

  • Approximately 10 hours per week, but a flexible schedule

  • About $14/hour

Key tasks:

  • Design and implement successful outreach and recruitment strategies to identify and solicit participation from relevant community members in American Samoa (Tutuila and Manu’a Islands), Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan, Tinian, and Rota), as project needs require

  • Conduct face-to-face and mixed mode interviews with awareness and respect for local customs, and in first languages, when necessary and appropriate.

  • Documentation of interviews through audio or video recordings, and observation notes.

  • Ensure data organization, confidentiality, security, and protection of sensitive personal and business information.

  • Translation and transcription services for research and scientific communications conducted in first languages

  • Support cultural interpretation of data to ensure accuracy and salience

  • Share research results with study participants and the broader community


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in or recently completed Samoa studies degree or equivalent

  • Reside full-time in American Samoa

  • Fluency in both Samoan and English, verbal and written

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word

  • Demonstrated awareness of Samoan cultural sensitivity and etiquette


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with or interest in fisheries and marine resources

  • Experience translating Samoan language into English, both verbal and written

  • Experience with or willingness to learn transcription skills


Sarah Pautzke


Cell: (808) 497-5009