Nov 02 2022
Job Description


CLOSING DATE:  November 29, 2022.

INQUIRIES:  Michael Waring 518-5960 (Oahu). 


Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered as an applicant for this position.


Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Plant Extinction Prevention (PEP) Program, located on Hawai‘i Island. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.


MONTHLY SALARY:  $3,550/Mon. 


DUTIES:  The primary goal of the PEP Program is to implement rare plant conservation actions to prevent the extinction of critically rare species, focusing on species that have fewer than 50 wild plants remaining (i.e., PEP species). Work will be conducted on land controlled by the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Army, private landowners, and watershed partnerships located on the island of Hawai‘i. Assists in office and/or field work planned by the supervisor including, but not limited to: rare plant collection, monitoring, surveying, and protection; and alien plant and animal control (e.g., weed control, invertebrate and vertebrate pest control, ungulate control, and fencing). Drives to access field sites. Collects and ensures quality of field forms and data related to monitoring and control activities. Assists in planning and documenting work such as scheduling, planning logistics, and documenting day-to-day field work. Records and analyzes field data using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and computer aided programs. Assists staff with completing reports including monthly reports, grant reports, and PEP annual reports for Hawai‘i Island. Work must be done in accordance with applicable Federal and State regulations and laws, especially regarding endangered species, safety and health, and pesticides use.



Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year collegeoruniversityinaBiological,orEnviro​nmentalSciencefieldwith basic/related biology courses. (Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college or university in a Biological or an Environmental Science field and at least two (2) years of experience managing natural resources in Hawai‘i, may substitute for a Bachelor’s Degree in a Biological or Environmental Sciences field with basic/related biology courses.).


At least two (2) years of experience dealing with biological resources in Hawai‘i. Experience needs to be documented well and acquired under the employment of an academic institution, governmental agency, private company, or non-profit organization in the appropriate field.


Knowledge of vegetation or rare plant monitoring techniques and data collection. Knowledge of herbicide use and weed control techniques.


Ability to use a GPS, altimeter, compass, and maps. Computer literate. 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.


Post Offer/Employment Conditions: Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course within six (6) months from date of hire. Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain the certificate following the training provided within three (3) months from date of hire) and maintain throughout duration of employment. 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 complete chainsaw training within twelve (12) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must be able to complete rappelling or fall protection training within twelve (12) months from date of hire.


Able and willing to conduct work under dirty, muddy, rainy or sunny, hot or cold, and strenuous outdoor conditions (e.g., extreme weather, mosquitoes, and steep terrain) at high elevations (up to 13,000 feet). Must not be acrophobic (afraid of heights). Must be able to fly by helicopter to remote locations, hike, and rappel on or near vertical terrain that could change up to 6,000 feet in a day. Able to hike up to ten (10) miles per day, backpack with up to 35 pounds of weight, and camp in remote areas and rugged terrain for up to five (5) days at a time.


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.).  


Education and experience in programs managing rare and endangered species and ecosystems on the island ofHawai‘i.Knowledge of endangered species management, safety, and logistical requirements necessary to carry out field operations.Knowledge of Federal, State, and local environmental laws.Familiarity with integrative techniques used toinventory,assess,anddisplaynaturalresou​rceassets,environmentalimpacts, and their interrelationships.Previous experience in weed and ungulate control (especially monitoring and fence construction), helicopter operations in Hawai‘i. Previous experience working with chainsaws, digging and cutting tools, and herbicides.Possess a current State of Hawai‘i Certification for Application of Restricted Use Pesticides. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.Ability to record biological data with a GPS and download data from GPS unit into a computer.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to www.rcuh.com and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) 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 [email protected] If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-7262 or (808)956-0872. 

RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University ofHawai‘i.


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.