Mar 01 2023
Category: Environmental
Job Description



CLOSING DATE: March 8, 2023.


INQUIRIES:  Hanna Mounce 573-0280 (Maui). 


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


Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project (MFBRP) located in Makawao, 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:  $5,058-5,138/Mon. 


DUTIES:  Conductsanddevelopsreintroductio​nplanning,smallmammalianpredatorcontrol program, post-releasemonitoring research and adaptive management needed to recover‘Alalā(HawaiianCrow)inHawai‘i​,withaprimaryfocusonreleasesinMaui Nui. Develops and implements the Maui Nui ‘Alalā Reintroduction Plan. Coordinatesand supervisesthe field teamsand allnecessarytasksto implement the plan. Coordinates research, quantifies threats, identifies limiting factors, develops strategies to mitigate threats and establish additional populations of ‘Alalā. Develops research and management goals and strategies with the ‘Hui Alalā and ‘Alalā Planning Groups. Convenes meetings and provides updates and reportstothe‘AlalāWorkingGroupandpartn​ers.Tracksexpensesandorganizes purchasing paperwork. Assists with grant reports and grant proposals to support and develop research and management activities to supplement funds. Recruits andoverseesseasonalstaff,internsandvolunt​eers.Procuresequipment,assures maintenance of project vehicles and care of project equipment. Drives project vehicles to field sites. Identifies the primary community groups, organizations, landowners, and individuals with an interest in ‘Alalā recovery and educates the public on the reintroduction. Oversees a community engagement strategy to educatetargetaudiencesandpromoteactiveinv​olvementintherecoveryprocess. Increasespublic knowledge of the threats to ‘Alalā and its habitat requirements.Promotes ‘Alalā recovery in the state, national, and international media by developing news releases, promoting special activities (e.g., exhibits, fundraisers, and volunteer activities), and recognizing stakeholders and landowners.Conducts outreach efforts across the state; shows recovery efforts (successes and challenges), and promotes awareness and participation.Conducts data analysis and drafting of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at meetings. 




Master’sDegreefromanaccreditedcolleg​eor universityinBiologicalScienceorrelatedfie​ld.(Bachelor’sDegreefrom an accredited four (4) year college or university and at least two (2) years of independent research/management in conservation of a critically-endangered avian species, in addition to the experience requirement may substitute for a Master’s Degree.).


Three to five (3-5) years of experience conducting research on birds or other wildlife. Experience must also include at least three (3) years of experience on three or more of the following: (1) working with endangered species; (2) working on reintroduction/translocation projects; (3) mist-netting, handling and banding experience; (4) demonstrated grant writing and fundraising experience; (5) experience in public and media relations, community outreach, or partnership projects. Experience must include at least three (3) years of experience overseeing staff.


Working knowledge in the principles and techniques of conservation biology, remote field operations, predator control,and conservation management. Working knowledge of natural history relevant to native Hawaiian wildlife, or similar environments. Working knowledge of native Hawaiian ecosystems, native Hawaiian plants and wildlife, or similar environments. Proficient knowledge of techniques used to inventory and monitor wildlife, and other natural resource assets, including experimental design and data analysis.


Ability to organize, lead, and train others, including volunteers. Ability to respond to the public and media requests, develop targeted reintroduction plans, and associated compliance documents, and acts as a liaison for interested stakeholders. Ability to keep records and prepare reports. Abilitytoorganizemulti- faceted projects with excellent attention to detail. Able to conduct data managementandanalyses. Ability to estimate costs associated with complex projects and to project budget requirements for future program needs. Demonstrated abilityto publish peer-reviewed scientificpapers.Mustbeableandwillingtoov​erseeandimplementexotic mammalcontrolmethods.Mustpossessavaliddri​ver’slicense(andifuse 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 maintainthroughoutthedurationofemployment​.Mustbeabletodrivea4-wheel drive vehicle with manual transmission. Post Offer/Employment Conditions: Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR or Wilderness First Aid (or be able to obtain and maintain the certificate following the training provided within three (3) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment). Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course (A100) within three (3) months from date of hire and (A219) within twelve (12) months from date of hire.


Must be able to hike, backpack, camp,andworkeffectivelyandsafelyinremotea​ndruggedareasforupto ten (10) days at a time under inclement weather conditions, while carrying heavy packs of up to forty (40) pounds unassisted.


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.).  



Experience in project management and administration and public relations. Helicopter operations management experience. Knowledge of Hawaiian biota and ecosystem threats.KnowledgeofHawaiian cultural practices or Hawaiian studies. Field experience with critically endangered Hawaiian birds. Expertise in database design and management. Avicultural experience, including husbandry and blood extraction. Experience with reintroduction or translocation of avian species. Familiarity with Maui Nui communities.


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 of Hawai‘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.