Mar 15 2023
Category: Environmental
Job Description


CLOSING DATE:  March 29, 2023.

INQUIRIES:  Dakota Mengel 501-8775 (Hawai‘i). 


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


(2) 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. 

MONTHLY SALARY:  $3,500/Mon. 

DUTIES:  Builds, inspects, and maintains fences.Monitors and controls alien plants, feral pigs,Mouflonsheep,goatsandpredatorsattheE​astHawai‘iWildlifemanagement Areas. Conducts ungulate (e.g., feral pigs, feral and mouflon sheep, and other ungulatesasnecessary)controlandmonitoring​activitiesintheEHWManagement Area. Tracks animals using radio telemetry. Deploys game cameras and bait stations to facilitate ungulate capture.Keepsdetailed 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 controlintheEHWManagementArea.Controlsali​enplantsusingmechanicaland 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 wildlifehabitatanalysisclassificationforv​ariouswildlife.Performsplantinventory, forest bird survey, environmental education, feral goat and sheep census, and ordering supplies and materials for field projects as needed. Requires frequent campingforfourtofive(4-5)daysaweek,uptoth​ree(3)weekspermonth.Drives projectvehiclestoworksites.Travelsandwork​sinandaroundhelicopters.Works extended, irregular hours. 



High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. 


One to three (1-3) years of field experience surveying plant andanimalpopulationsandworkinremotesettin​gs. (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.).


Knowledgeoffloraandfauna,andthreatsfro​malienspecies. Working knowledge of the principles of ecology and wildlife biology.


Abilitytonavigateusingacompass,map,and​Global Positioning System (GPS) hand-held units.Ability to apply herbicides. Abilitytoworkindependently.Abilitytoinspe​ctandrepairfences.Abilityto use a computer to record technical field data, analyze field data using database and spreadsheet programs, and prepare draft reports.Must possessavaliddriver’slicense(andifuseof​personalvehicleonthejobis required, must also have valid personal driver’s insurance equivalent to Hawai‘i’sNo-FaultDriver’sInsurance)​andmaintainthroughouttheduration 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 durationofemployment.Mustbeabletocomplete​chainsawtrainingwithin twelve(12)monthsoffromdateofhire.Must complete theonlineHazardCommunicationtrainingimmed​iatelyafterhireornolater 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.


Abilityto conductfieldwork indense vegetation or over lava substrate under difficult conditions (e.g.,heat, rain, cold temperatures,poorfooting).Abilityto hike and camp inremote areas and rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions for up to five (5) consecutivedays,uptothree(3)weekspermonth​.Abilitytobackpack,lift, and carry up to fifty (50) 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.).  


College coursework from an accredited college or university in biology, ecology, wildlife management, botany, or related field.Experienceinhuntingferalanimals.Exp​erienceusingradiotelemetry,and GlobalInformationSystem(GIS).Experienceco​nstructing,repairingorinspecting enclosurefencing.Knowledge of endangered fauna andflora species in Hawai‘i. Familiarity with the East Hawai‘i Wildlife/Division of Forestry and Wildlife (EHW/DOFAW).

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. 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)956-8376. Please visit for more information on RCUH’s Benefits for eligible employees.


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.