Sep 30 2021
Job Description



Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), and East Hawai‘i Wildlife/Division of Forestry and Wildlife (EHW/DOFAW) located in Hilo, Hawai‘i.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 




DUTIES:  Builds, inspects, and maintains fences.  Monitors and controls alien plants, feral pigs, Mouflon sheep, goats and predators at the East Hawai‘i Wildlife management Areas. Conducts ungulate (e.g., feral pigs, feral and mouflon sheep, and other ungulates as necessary) control and monitoring activities in the EHW Management Area. Tracks animals using radio telemetry. Deploys game cameras and bait stations to facilitate ungulate capture.  Keeps detailed records of activities, inputs data, and provides summaries and analysis of field data on status of ungulate control program. Conducts alien and native plant monitoring and invasive plant control in the EHW Management Area.  Controls alien plants using mechanical and chemical techniques.  Establishes and monitors transects to evaluate forest recovery and plant distribution.  Collects and analyzes technical field data. Performs duties related to habitat restoration and protection, including site preparation, seed collection and processing, planting and monitoring.  Conducts wildlife habitat analysis classification for various wildlife. Performs plant inventory, forest bird survey, environmental education, feral goat and sheep census, and ordering supplies and materials for field projects as needed. Requires occasional camping for four to five (4-5) days a week, up to three (3) weeks per month. Drives project vehicles to work sites. Travels and works in and around helicopters. Works extended, irregular hours. 


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.  EXPERIENCE:  One to three (1-3) years of field experience surveying plant and animal populations in remote areas of Hawai‘i.  (At least one (1) year of college-level coursework from an accredited college or university in a related discipline (e.g., biology, zoology, or related natural science) may substitute for experience).  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Knowledge of native Hawaiian flora and fauna, and threats from alien species.  Working knowledge of the principles of ecology and wildlife biology. Ability to track and locate animals using radio receivers, compass, map, and Global Positioning System (GPS) hand-held units.  Ability to hunt feral animals with the use of dogs.  Ability to apply herbicides. Ability to work independently. Ability to inspect and repair fences.  Ability to use a computer to record technical field data, analyze field data using database and spreadsheet programs, and prepare draft reports.  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 Condition: Must possess Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain the certificate following the training provided within twelve (12) months from date of hire) and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must be able to complete chainsaw training within twelve (12) months of from date of hire. Must be able to complete pesticide safety course within twelve (12) months from date of hire.  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 basic helicopter safety course (A100) within six (6) months from date of hire.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Ability to conduct fieldwork in dense vegetation or over lava substrate under difficult conditions (e.g., heat, rain, cold temperatures, poor footing).  Ability to hike and camp in remote areas and rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions for up to five (5) consecutive days, up to three (3) weeks per month.  Ability to backpack, lift, and carry up to fifty (50) pounds unassisted. 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:  College coursework from an accredited college or university in biology, ecology, wildlife management, botany, or related field.   Experience in hunting feral animals.  Experience using radio telemetry, and Global Information System (GIS). Experience constructing, repairing or inspecting enclosure fencing.  Knowledge of endangered species in Hawai‘i. Familiarity with the East Hawai‘i Wildlife/Division of Forestry and Wildlife (EHW/DOFAW). 


INQUIRIES:  Michelle Miyata 956-9512 (Oahu). 


Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position.


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) 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. All RCUH employees and positions are subject to the August 5, 2021 Emergency Proclamation requiring all State/RCUH employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or be subject to weekly testing for COVID-19.  All post-job offer/new hires will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated (e.g., their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card) or a Negative COVID-19 Test result during the onboarding process.  Requests for a religious or medical accommodation from the COVID-19 vaccination will be handled on a post-job offer basis.  Individuals granted an accommodation will be subject to the weekly testing requirement. 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. 


CLOSING DATE:  October 15, 2021. 


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