Community Resilience Learning Specialist
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Lynker  is searching for a Resilience Specialist with a focus on learning and coastal science to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management. This position is located in Honolulu, HI.

This exceptional individual will support the design and delivery of culturally appropriate learning opportunities for Pacific coastal decision maker audiences that focus on community knowledge and plans to address the increasing threats posed by coastal inundation issues in island communities. The successful candidate will have experience integrating indigenous learning approaches and academic adult learning principles and will be adept at working closely with partners internal and external to NOAA to support co-development of learning products and experiences among diverse and indigenous partner organizations engaged in community decision making.

The successful candidate will serve as Resilience Specialist within the Learning Services Division of the Office for Coastal Management. The candidate will work day-to-day as part of the Pacific regional team and will share their experience and knowledge of indigenous learning approaches with teams developing and delivering learning products and services across the nation. 

Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the list below:

  • Assessing needs for learning products and services that support Pacific coastal decision makers in the use and application of NOAA science to address inundation and related priority coastal issues. 
  • Using culturally appropriate learning approaches to develop learning products and deliver training for a variety of Pacific audiences in subjects relating to climate change, adaptation strategies, community planning for resilience and natural hazards, each based on knowledge of local planning processes in Pacific communities. Conveying NOAA science and data in the context of indigenous Pacific cultural concepts.
  • Engaging with Pacific partners to understand needs, and to offer the office's products and services when appropriate. 
  • May serve as a lead or co-trainer or convener, provide technical assistance, or develop new culturally relevant learning products on coastal inundation related topics based on partner needs and priorities.
  • Evaluating existing learning products and advising on the integration of indigenous approaches into development and delivery of culturally appropriate learning products and services for indigenous and community-based audiences. Applying experience and adult learning science best practices to advance the quality of NOAA’s Digital Coast Academy products and services for indigenous and community-based audiences beyond the Pacific.

  • MA/MS in related field plus 2 or more years of experience or a BS plus 8 years of experience 
  • Knowledge of coastal inundation science and management issues
  • Knowledge and experience in the issues and learning needs of rural and indigenous communities in the Pacific region. 
  • Understanding knowledge transfer and learning science including indigenous methodologies and western academic adult learning principles
  • Knowledge of idigenous approaches to learning specific to the Pacific region, including demonstrable experience co-developing learning opportunities with indigenous groups
  • Strong communication and organizational skills and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Self-starter with ability to work in a small team environment without direct day-to-day supervision
  • Ability to follow standard operating procedures and guidance documentation


  • MA/MS  in related field plus 6 years of experience 
  • Ability to communicate in a language native to a Pacific jurisdiction
  • Work experience in environmental science, planning or policy, coastal management, marine/estuarine ecosystems, or a related field 

About Lynker

Lynker is a growing, Hub-zone certified small business specializing in professional, scientific and technical services. Our continually expanding team combines scientific expertise with mature, results-driven processes and tools to achieve technically sound, cost effective solutions in hydrology/water sciences, geospatial analysis, information technology, resource management, conservation, and management and business process improvement.

We focus on putting the right people in the right place to be effective. And having the right people is critical for success. Our streamlined organization enables and empowers our talented professionals to tackle our customers’ scientific and technical priorities – creatively and effectively.

Lynker offers a team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries and benefits, and the opportunity to work in a culture of exceptionally skilled and diverse professionals who embrace sound science and creative solutions.

Lynker is an E-Verify employer.

Lynker is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.