Sep 29 2017
Job Description




Maunakea Observatories Support Services.  (2) Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Maunakea Observatories Support Services (MKSS), located at Halepohaku (HP), on the Island of Hawai‘i.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 


MONTHLY SALARY RANGE:  $2,314-$4,042/Mon. 


DUTIES: As a Cook’s Assistant, work is performed in the kitchen under the direction of the Cook.  Duties include preparing and serving meals, cleaning dishes, utensils, and kitchen appliances, stocking shelves, performing minor repairs to equipment, and transporting and serving summit lunch.  As a Housekeeper, work is performed under the direction of the MKSS Food & Lodging Manager or the Cook in the absence of the Food & Lodging Manager.  Duties include cleaning dormitory rooms, HP kitchen, bathrooms, common areas, and offices as well as janitorial services at the Visitor Information Station and summit observatories.  Duties also include loading/unloading/transporting supplies and trash between Hilo and Halepohaku using a large van, making HP room assignments, keeping the computerized HP reservation system updated and printing reports.  


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.  EXPERIENCE:  Two to four (2-4) years of experience as a cook, housekeeper, janitor or custodian, preferably in a hotel setting.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Thorough knowledge of Hawai‘i Department of Health Food Safety Code, including hygiene, sterilization process, and temperature controls.  Understands the safe and appropriate use of standard cleaning chemicals, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, blood-born pathogen protection and Material Safety sheets.  Knowledge of correct and efficient methods of housekeeping.  Able to understand written and oral instructions, and keep records of completed tasks.  Ability to perform minor maintenance repairs on housecleaning equipment, tools, and plumbing fixtures, room heaters, and accessories. Able to use carpet cleaning and floor wash/waxing machines. Able to use a computer keyboard, email, and internet and learn to use data entry programs for entering, modifying reservations and printing reports. Able to upload scans/photos and other information to computer.  Must possess a valid driver’s license (and if use of personal vehicle on the job is required, must also have valid personal driver’s insurance equivalent to Hawai‘i’s No-Fault Driver’s Insurance) and maintain throughout the duration of employment. Must be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle with manual transmission on unpaved roads and ice or snow-covered pavement. Must possess clean driving abstract, and able to follow MKSS Driving Safety Policy.  Post Offer/Employment Condition:  Must be able to pass a post offer criminal background check.Must complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals. Must be able to pass blood-born pathogen knowledge test within three (3) months from date of hire. Must be able to pass safe food handling test within three (3) months from date of hire.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must be able to lift, load, and carry heavy items (up to fifty (50) pounds unassisted and over fifty (50) pounds assisted) from warehouse to vehicle and offload at Halepohaku or summit lunchroom on a daily basis.  Post Offer/Employment Condition:  Must be able to work at 14,000 feet and pass a post offer high-altitude medical examination on an ongoing basis (which includes a substance abuse test). Must be able to obtain tuberculosis (TB) clearance.  POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS:  As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures.  Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).  


SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS: Able to cook local ethnic food items. Knowledge of healthy cooking and dietary practices.  Experience performing data entry and using office technology. Demonstrated professional interpersonal skills in hotel industry.  Experience functioning at high altitudes.  


INQUIRIES: Stewart Hunter 974-4205 (Hawai‘i).  


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872. 


CLOSING DATE: October 13, 2017. 


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Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.