Feb 09 2021
Category: Environmental
Job Description



Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit.  (2) Regular, Full–Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project (MFBRP), on the Island of Maui, Hawai‘i. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 





  • Conducts fieldwork with monitoring the prevalence of mosquitoes and avian malaria (setting, checking, and monitoring traps and collecting data) and conducting other management activities on Haleakala Volcano to benefit the Maui parrotbill (kiwikiu) and other native species. 
  • Conducts all operations according to accepted safety standards and established protocols. 
  • Drives project vehicles, both on and off road, for fieldwork. 
  • Works in and around helicopters. 
  • Hikes, camps, and carries a backpack and other heavy gear in forest conditions. 
  • Assists with maintenance of field equipment, trails, and field stations. 
  • Assists with baseyard and office maintenance (landscaping and upkeep) and maintaining project vehicles and equipment (including repair of essential tools used in the field). 
  • Assists with preparations and logistics for field operations. 
  • Conducts fieldwork and collects data on population and disease ecology of native forest birds. Assists in capturing, banding and processing birds using mist-nets and play-back. 
  • Assists in searches for bird species and re-sights from individuals.  
  • Assists in endangered species recovery and habitat management techniques, which may include small mammal monitoring and control, weed censuses, erosion control, and trail maintenance. 
  • Assists with entry of field data into computer databases for analysis. 
  • Assists with public outreach and education activities. 
  • Most work will be performed in remote areas and will require the ability to hike long distances. 
  • Employee will be expected to camp in remote areas four to ten  (4-10) days at a time on a regular basis. 


  • Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college.


  • One to three (1-3) years of paid or unpaid experience working in natural resource protection, conservation, or related field biology. 
  • (Volunteer experience must be documented and verifiable). 


  • Knowledge of Hawaiian biota/natural history and threats from incipient alien plant and animal invasions in Hawai‘i.  
  • Knowledge of field activities relating to natural resources management.  
  • Knowledge of identification of common native Hawaiian plants, insects, and birds.  
  • Ability to undertake strenuous physical exertion and live in primitive living conditions in remote field camps. 
  • Ability to take detailed field notes and follow a prescribed data collection system and perform data entry into spreadsheets and databases. 
  • Basic computer skills.  
  • 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 duration of employment. 
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate in remote areas with and without a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit. Ability to work independently and as a small team. 
  • Post Offer/Employment Conditions:  Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course (A100) within six (6) months of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment.  Must possess 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.


  • Able to conduct fieldwork in high elevation forest under cold, wet and extremely rugged field conditions. 
  • Able to hike on poor footing conditions for ten to fifteen (10-15) miles carrying loads up to forty (40) pounds unassisted. 
  • Expected to live and work in remote field camps under primitive conditions in close quarters with other individuals for up to four to ten (4-10) consecutive days.

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.).  



  • Experience working with Hawaiian birds. Familiarity with native Hawaiian flora and fauna, and local conservation issues on Maui. 

 INQUIRIES:  Dr. Hanna Mounce 421-7483 (Maui). 


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


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. 


CLOSING DATE:  February 18, 2021. 


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


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