Education and Native Hawaiian Outreach Associate

Mokupapapa Discovery Center, Hilo Hawaii
$17 - $18 per hour
Feb 28, 2018
Mar 30, 2018
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level

Location:                    Mokupapapa Discovery Center, Hilo Hawaii

Reports to:                 Hawaii Director

On-Site:                      Mokupapapa Discovery Center Co-Manager


The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (Foundation) – a private, non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening and promoting U.S. national marine sanctuaries and marine monuments -- is seeking an Education and Native Hawaiian Outreach Associate who will work at the Mokupapapa Discovery Center to plan, coordinate and facilitate educational activities relevant to the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM) on behalf of the Monument and the Foundation.

Position Overview

 The Education and Native Hawaiian Outreach Associate works collaboratively as part of a multi-agency team.  The Education and Native Hawaiian Outreach Associate develops and implements educational programing for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in support of the Papahānaumokuākea MNM, primarily at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center (MDC). The Education and Native Hawaiian Outreach Associate works with government, community, and academic partners to plan, coordinate, and facilitate educational activities, with a special focus on reaching out to, and highlighting, the Native Hawaiian community, and assists with other PMNM education programs and events. 


  • Responsible for working as part of the MDC Education Team to develop and implement education and outreach programs at the Mokupapapa Discovery Center that highlight the links between Native Hawaiian culture and communities, and the Papahanaumokuakea MNM;
  • Supports the implementation of Papahanaumokuakea MNM education programming at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center;
  • Supports the revision and/or development of Papahanaumokuakea MNM lessons and curriculum, taking into consideration existing culturally/ecologically relevant programming;
  • Supports daily operations of Mokupapapa Discovery Center, including visitor education;
  • Supports scheduling, tracking, evaluation and reporting of the Mokupapapa Discovery Center Native Hawaiian outreach program;
  • Assists as liaison to the native Hawaiian community on Hawaiʻi Island, and create culturally relevant programming at Mokupapapa Discovery Center;
  • Assists in training and mentoring volunteers working with the education program.
  • Plans, coordinates and facilitates teacher and student workshops;
  • Engages students in place-based, experiential activities like ecosystem restoration as a catalyst for applying lessons from the Monument as described in the Monument Management Plan and other documents, when feasible;
  • Collaborate with government, community, and academic groups to support cultural/conservation programs that serve the educational goals of Papahanaumokuakea MNM;
  • Participates in the development, planning, and execution of other Monument education programs on behalf of the Foundation as part of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Papahanaumokuakea MNM Education Team;
  • Communicates effectively with educators and management partners; 
  • Works independently as well as in teams to accomplish Papahanaumokuakea MNM objectives;
  • Assist with Mokupapapa Discovery Center exhibit creation, improvement and preservation as well as content updates, particularly as they relate to Native Hawaiian language, history and culture
  • 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.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Education, Teaching, Hawaiian Studies, Biology, Communications or related field;
  • Demonstrated aptitude and in-depth knowledge of the Native Hawaiian cultural experience;
  • Three to five (3-5) years of experience in formal or informal education;
  • Experience in conducting workshops, evaluating education programs, and working in communities with diverse cultural and/or socioeconomic backgrounds;
  • Experience in developing curricula;
  • Broad knowledge of Hawai‘i’s marine environment, flora and fauna;
  • Knowledge of the natural history of the Hawaiian Archipelago, including the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands; 
  • Broad knowledge and experience of Hawaiian culture and history;
  • 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 problems;
  • 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,
  • Familiarity working with the government and non-government organizations.

Reporting:          The position will be based in the Mokupapapa Discovery Center in Hilo, Hawaii.  The Education and Native Hawaiian Outreach Associate will coordinate day to day activities with the Discovery Center Co-Manager and other Education staff at the center and will report to the Hawaii Director.

Compensation and Benefits:   Hourly Wage 17.00 to 18.00 with benefits.   The Foundation offers a competitive benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, life insurance, and a retirement savings plan.  

Start Date:          As soon as possible 

To apply:  Applications should include a cover letter, resume, list of references and several writing samples to  Please be sure to put 'Education and Native Hawaiian Outreach Associate’ in the subject line.  Applications received prior to March 30, 2018 will be preferred. No phone calls please.

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to insure fair and equal treatment of its employees.

About the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (Foundation): The Foundation connects people to the underwater places that define the American ocean—national marine sanctuaries. The Foundation is the private, non-profit partner to the federally managed National Marine Sanctuary System.  The Foundation is dedicated to protecting and supporting national marine sanctuaries through advocacy, education, public awareness, and conservation.  More information can be found on our website at