HELP Wanted: Marine Ecology Trainee

The Marine Ecology Division of the National Parks Services in American Samoa is looking for a qualified UH Hilo Pacific Islander student to serve as a Marine Ecology Trainee whose role will be to help “investigate the movement patterns and home range of reef fish species that are caught for local consumption (approximately 12 species) in American Samoa. These species range from the endangered humphead wrasse to commonly fished parrotfish, groupers, and snappers.”

HELP Wanted: Communication – Data Specialist

The Minority Access & Achievement Program (MAAP) is hiring a qualified HELPer to serve as Communication / Data Specialist. MAAP’s mission is “to empower underrepresented ethnic groups to access and successfully navigate their college experience and personally develop as they strive towards their goal at the University and beyond.” The HELPer will be part of the team “to maintain student records which will help to monitor retention data, develop and manage website in order to provide better resources and outreach to students, prepare flyers and program documents to better inform students of events and activities, etc.”

HELP Wanted – Campus Technology Student Technician

The Instructional Technology and User Services (ITUS) is looking to hire 1 – 2 qualified Pacific Islander students to support classroom learning at UH Hilo through technology. Position includes on the job training in many different areas including, installation & troubleshooting of computer/audio/video equipment in classrooms, video/audio production, video conferencing, distance learning, online learning & more.

HELP Wanted – PISC Summer Bridge Program Staff

The Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC) is looking to hire a total 6 student staff (4 Program Assistants & 2 Resident Assistants) for this summer’s Pacific Islander Summer Bridge Program (PISB) at UH Hilo. The PISB is a 13-day intensive college preparation program to introduce first-year students to college-level expectations. Specifically designed for Pacific islanders, the program includes a variety of learning activities, workshops, lectures, tours, and fun social events all designed to help a high school graduate or community college transfer student make the appropriate transition to college life at UH Hilo.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Program Assistant (PA):  The PA assists participants during all program-sponsored activities and events including meals, workshops, social activities, recreation and field trips, throughout the week, accounting for participants at all times; coordinate and provide assistance as needed; address needs and concerns of participants; maintain effective communication and cooperation with PISC professional staff and other personnel concerning issues pertaining to the well-being and safety of students; monitor student behavior and provide encouragement and constructive feedback to students; write and submit incident reports for violation of rules and agreements; attend all training sessions and staff meetings, including individual meetings with the PISC Educational Specialist and the PISC Director.

Resident Assistant (RA): The RA lives at the residence hall during the residential component of the PISB (Aug. 5 – 14, 2015), supervises participants during all evening program-sponsored activities and events including breakfast and dinner meals, evening programs throughout the week, accounting for participants at all times; address residential needs and concerns of participants; maintain effective communication and cooperation with PISC staff, University Housing and other personnel concerning issues pertaining to the well-being and safety of students; monitor student behavior and provide encouragement and constructive feedback to students who are in minor violation of the residential and programs rules; write and submit incident reports for violation of rules and agreements; attend all training sessions and staff meetings, including individual meetings with the PISC Director. Perform other duties as assigned by the Educational Specialist and Program Director.

For more information:

Contact Desha Staley-Raatior (deshasr@hawaii.edu)

HELP Wanted: Athletic Events / Facilities Assistants

uhh-athletics-hoopsThe Office of Intercollegiate Athletics supports the academic mission of the University of Hawai`i at Hilo while fostering connections with the UH Hilo community and beyond. It does so by providing men and women the opportunity to pursue a quality baccalaureate education while building character and developing leadership, teamwork and other lifelong skills through athletic participation.

The HELP Events/Facilities Assistant helps as a staff member for athletic events that are hosted by the UH Hilo Office of Intercollegiate Athletics.

HELP Wanted: AANAPISI Research Assistant Team

Are you curious and want to be part of a research team for the AANAPISI Project through the Pacific Islander Student Center? Dr. Denise Uehara, the AANAPISI Researcher, is seeking several qualified Pacific Islander students, preferably Sophomores or Juniors from a few of the Pacific Island language groups, to be part of a team of student researchers.  The team will be on-call to provide targeted research and evaluation activities. This team will come from an existing pool of Pacific Islanders who are already employed through the HELP program. This new proposed on-call position is supplementary and does not guarantee 10 hours/week employment but rather serves as an additional opportunity to increase one’s HELP hours provided the student employee is in good academic standing.

HELP Wanted – Youth Empowerment Specialist

(UPDATE – 1/15/15: This Position is Now CLOSED) Do you enjoy being a part of something new and exciting to empower young elementary school girls? Do you want to get paid doing it? Check out the newest HELP job opening at the PISC to work with Desha as pioneers for the first Mini Mermaid Running Club (MMRC) in Hawaii.The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary School is looking for 1-2 Pacific Island female students to help launch a new girls empowerment program with Desha Staley-Raatior (Vice President, PTO). The Youth Empowerment Specialist would be trained to serve as co-coach with Desha for the MMRC  starting sometime in January. The role is to support the goals of the program and serve as role models for the Pacific Islander participants. MMRC will provide all the training and curriculum materials for the club. Check out the video and if interested, click here to download the HELP Wanted job description and here for the HELP Student Application form and procedures. Application Deadline: January 5, 2015.

Help Program Summer Reflection

By Calvin Myazoe
Outreach Coordinator, Pacific Students Media Team
Hilo, Hawaii

Throughout the summer, I was given the opportunity to continue working for the Pacific Students Media Team as an Outreach Coordinator and video producer. As an Outreach Coordinator, my job is to touch base mainly with the local community. One in particular is the Micronesian United-Big Island (MU-BI) organization – a nonprofit government organization formed “To empower Micronesians for greater Self-Reliance, and to Educate Micronesians and the Larger Community about their Respective Cultures, Rights, and Responsibilities.” Together, we tell stories of Micronesians on islands or abroad. This is where producing videos comes in place. Read more

Not All Experience is Enjoyable

By Akuila Smau
Intern, US Forestry Service
Hilo, Hawaii

I never thought I would tell an experience like this, however, everyone has time for something, whether it is good or bad, engaging or unexciting. All opportunities leave with us a moral that would either benefit us or suffer us. There are many topics and areas in the environmental field that are seemingly interesting. This makes it hard for me to ponder and decide on a particular one as my main focus of study and research. This past summer, I had the opportunity to work at the Forest Service here in Hilo as a HELPer to learn about and engage in forest restoration ecology. Read more