Employee culture related articles such as food bank donation, holiday parties and the Lynker flag photo contest.

Lynker Honors Employees with Service Awards at NOAA’s Science on a Sphere

Lynker celebrates with employees by giving service awards and hosting a luncheon at NOAA’s Science on a Sphere. Thank you to all the employees who attended the event!

Lynker Recognized as one of the Fastest Growing Companies in 2019 by The Washington Business Journal

Lynker is pleased to announce that we’ve ranked as one of the 75 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Washington region in 2019 by the Washington Business Journal once again! “We are excited to be recognized again for our substantial growth,” said CEO Joe Linza. “We pride ourselves in finding the right people for the right jobs to best serve our clients. ”

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Lynker Supports PRiMO Conference in American Samoa to Help Protect Pacific Islands From Natural Hazards

Lynker staff flew to American Samoa last week to support the PRiMO (Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana) Conference and bring together community leaders to protect Pacific Island communities from natural hazards.

For more information check out the official conference page on NOAA’s website

Lynker Participates in International Coastal Cleanup

Lynker is proud to have participated in the InternationalCoastalCleanup last week as part of our work with NOAA Digital Coast, and NOAA Marine Debris. You never know what you’ll find creeping into the marsh as marine debris.

 

Lynker in Niagara Falls Supporting NOAA Digital Coast

Lynker was recently in Niagara Falls, supporting NOAA Digital Coast and meeting with our Great Lakes partners.

 

Lynker makes Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies List for the 4th Time!

Lynker has earned a position on the 2019 Inc. 5000, a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Lynker ranked 1393 on this year’s list. 2019 is the fourth consecutive year that Lynker has been recognized as part of this prestigious list.

 

Lynker Featured in NOAA Ocean Podcast on Conserving the Unique Coral Reef Ecosystems in American Samoa

Lynker’s Hideyo Hattori, who serves as site liaison for the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation and Coastal Zone Management programs in American Samoa, recently gave a talk on the Fa’a Samoa (“The Samoan Way”) and the amazing diversity and ecological richness of this remote archipelago.

https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/podcast/dec18/nop21-american-samoa.html

Lynker proudly serves as the lifecycle vendor for the NOAA Office of Coastal Management – the parent organization to the Coral Reef Conservation and Coastal Zone Management programs – and the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, one of 14 federally designated underwater areas protected by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

Of all the areas in the National Marine Sanctuary System, the American Samoa sanctuary is the most remote, is the only true tropical reef, and is thought to support the greatest diversity of marine life.

Top 4 Reasons Millennials Love Working at Lynker

Lynker offers a lot of great things to our employees like paid training and upward mobility, but a recent article by Comparably dug into what matters to the Millennial generation. Here are the top 4 reasons why Lynker is a great company for Millennials.

#1 Social Impact

It’s no secret here that Lynker’s work is focused on protecting our natural resources. When you get to work for a company that identifies protected species on fishing vessels, studies humpback whales, and saves sea birds the social impact is pretty clear.

#2 Flexibility

Our work takes us everywhere! Whether you’re in the Lynker bunkhouse in Hawaii, our hydrology location in Colorado, IT central near DC, or out on the ocean the definition of “office” remains flexible. Supported by Lynker Corporate staff, each and every employee has access to quality consistent support services from Human Resources and Payroll to Tech Support and Training.

#3 Benefits That Match Their Values

There are already so many deductions before you receive your paycheck. At Lynker, we make it one less by providing full-time employees with comprehensive healthcare for FREE. Free? Yes, free! Lynker pays all full-time employee healthcare premiums which includes vision and dental.

#4 Feeling like a valued contributor rather than a number at work.

We want to be the company that customers want to work with, and the one employees want to work for. We do this by rewarding enthusiastic passionate employees. Our employees are encouraged to take initiative to improve processes, share ideas, and actively contribute to their team. Employees receive recognition and praise for their contributions in many forms such as project-wide kudos emails, team lunches, and spot bonuses.

Lynker Sucks: The AlgaeVac Project

Lynker Sucks… invasive alien algae off a coral reef in Maunalua Bay, Oahu 

Lynker has partnered with non-profit stewardship organization, Mālama Maunalua (MM), to remove several species of invasive alien algae (IAA) in Maunalua Bay. Mālama Maunalua has continuously monitored the IAA: Gorilla Ogo, Leather Mudweed, and Prickly Seaweed, in the Paiko Restoration Area to help measure and keep track of the effectiveness of the huki (hand removal) program. And now thanks to a National Fish and Wildlife Grant, Lynker has partnered with MM to take this restoration effort to the next level.

Using an aquatic vacuum pump system mounted on a kayak barge (the AquaVac), Lynker technicians are removing the IAA from areas further from shore than what was accessible to the huki program, increasing the restoration area. Teams of at least four Lynker technicians go out in the bay when the tide is appropriately low and use the AlgaeVac to suck up the invasive species. The algae is then bagged and transported to local farmers in the same ahupua‘a, or traditional land division, to use as fertilizer. We expect to have our technicians removing IAA for 100 days over the next six months.

PIROP Legend Michael Clark – 3,400 sea days and counting

Lynker’s Michael Clark is a Pacific Islands Region Observer Program (PIROP) legend, having recently completed his 3,400th sea day in May 2019 – some quick math will tell you that “Uncle Mike” has spent almost 10 years of his life on board Hawaiian longline (tuna) fishing vessels contributing to NOAA’s understanding of commercial fishing effort, endangered species population dynamics, and other scientific research in the Pacific.

When not at sea, Mike enjoys watching football with his family. It’s only appropriate that his favorite team happens to be the one with a marine mammal as a mascot.

To commemorate Mike’s achievement, Lynker presented Mike (at the left, with Lynker Vice President Liz Tarquin) with a Dan Marino-autographed jersey at a small gathering of fellow observers, friends, and colleagues at NOAA’s new Inouye Research Center on Ford Island on June 17, 2019.  

Uncle Mike started observing on 2002. His spirit, work ethic, tenacity, and reliability have made him a legend within the observer and fishing communities. He has also become an exceptional mentor and resource for new observers entering the program.

When asked, what’s kept him going for so long, Mike humbly says, “Every trip is different, you always learn and see something new! My dream was always to be a marine biologist, and this job has gotten me there, and I love it!”

Mike is always ready to talk story. A man with an easy laugh and a quick smile, we are lucky to have him. Mahalo Nui Loa, Uncle Mike.

On behalf of all our Lynker staff here in Hawaii, we wish Uncle Mike continued success on the sea, and many mahalos for his years of hard work in challenging conditions.