May 25 2023
Category: Environmental
Job Description



CLOSING DATE:  June 23, 2023.


INQUIRIES:  Daniel Eisenberg 269-3039 (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), East Maui Watershed Partnership (EMWP), located in Makawao, Maui. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, and availability of funds. 




DUTIES:  Serves as Field Crew Supervisor for the EMWP personnel involved in monitoring the native ecosystem and controlling feral animal populations, building and maintaining fence lines and controlling alien plant invasions using mechanical and chemical means. Directs, supervises, and assigns work to EMWP field staff (4 FTEs).  Other duties include mapping invasive species locations, current and proposed fence lines, notifying relevant landowners and partner agencies before accessing field sites, recording control work and pesticide usage, and assisting in public relations activities. Determines new fence lines using compass, mapping software, or Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment. Assists in planning feral animal removal strategies.  Drives to project sites. Rides in helicopters to project sites. Assists all staff members with compliance to helicopter safety standards.  Plans, schedules, and documents helicopter usage and field activities. Must adhere to equipment use, pesticide use, and invasive species prevention protocols, and inventory tools, equipment and supplies.  Controls feral animals using approved methods. 




Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college. (High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent and at least two (2) years of college coursework in Natural Resources Management or a related field may substitute for an Associate's Degree.).


At least three (3) years of experience in work related to fence building, feral animal and alien plant control research or agriculture with a land management agency or company, including at least one (1) year of supervising experience. Experience must be well-documented and acquired under the employment of an academic institution, governmental agency, private company, non-profit organization in the appropriate field and can include internships.


Knowledge of native Hawaiian flora and fauna and threats from alien species. Strong working knowledge of principles of ecology and conservation in Hawai‘i. Strong working knowledge of field work techniques, logistical planning, data collection or management, and ecosystem monitoring protocols. Knowledge of watershed and island ecosystem processes, incipient alien plant, and animal invasions. Proficient with GPS. Knowledge of the safe use of airguns. Working knowledge of computers, including word processing, and spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel), and mapping software (ArcMap or similar software).  Knowledge of management principles including, but not limited to, supervising/developing employees, EEO, workplace safety, corrective/disciplinary actions, and administration of policies and procedures.


Ability to operate power tools including chain saws, weed eaters, generators, chipper, etc.  Ability to coordinate work trips and outdoor activities safely over challenging terrain. Ability to apply herbicides safely and effectively. Ability to adhere to strict alien species prevention protocol. Precise navigational and field mapping capabilities, which are essential in accomplishing and documenting tasks in a reliable manner. Ability to communicate orally and in writing, and to disseminate and comprehend complex verbal and written instructions.  Ability to establish work standards/expectations and clear direction to meet goals and objectives of ongoing work for direct reports.  Ability to provide guidance, motivate, and engage direct reports through effective communication and leadership.  Ability to assign work and to establish work rules and acceptable levels of quality and quantity of work.  Ability to review work and evaluate performance, and develop required job competencies of direct 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.  Ability to operate all-terrain vehicles. Post Offer/Employment Condition: 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 certification throughout duration of employment. Must be able to pass a criminal background check for use of airguns. 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 (A100) course within twelve (12) months from date of hire and become certified as a PCSU Helicopter Manager when training is offered. Must be able to complete chainsaw training within twelve (12) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment.


Ability to hike and camp in remote areas and rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions, up to five (5) consecutive days.  Able to backpack and lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds. Fieldwork may involve elevation changes up to 4,500 feet in a day.  Must not be acrophobic (afraid of heights).


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.).  



Ability to use herbicides to control weedy vegetation in a forest environment.  Knowledge of east Maui’s watersheds or ecosystem processes. Knowledge and understanding of Hawaiian natural history, Hawaiian culture (including ethnobotany) and Hawaiian endangered species.


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.