Mar 11 2020
Category: Environmental
Job Description



College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources.  Regular, Part-Time (50% FTE), RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources (CTAHR), GoFarm Hawai‘i, located at the Waiawa Correctional Facility (WCF) in Honolulu, Oahu. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 


MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY:$1,212/Mon. (@ 50% FTE). 



  • Implements GoFarm Hawai‘i training program at the Waiawa Correctional Facility.
  • Works with each student cohort, coordinates program and lessons, teaches classes, schedules and coordinates guest speakers, and provides in-field lessons/demonstrations (including safety and equipment usage, clearing fields, driving machinery and transporting tools and supplies, seeding, weeding, crop management, irrigation, harvesting and post-harvest handling, washing, packaging, chilling, and distribution).
  • Coordinates orders and delivery and ensures Waiawa Correctional Facility rules are followed.
  • Works closely with Waiawa Correctional Facility staff to ensure adherence to site rules. 




  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Agricultural Sciences, Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM), Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences (PEPS), Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences (TPSS), or related field.
  • (At least five (5) years of successful farming and produce marketing in Hawai‘i may substitute for Bachelor’s Degree.).



  • At least one (1) year of experience in one or more of the following:  farming, farm management; teaching agriculture, botany, biology, or related field; or coordinating an agricultural research or agricultural education program. 



  • Strong knowledge of growing raw agriculture commodities, specifically vegetable and orchard crops grown in Hawai‘i.
  • Knowledge of small-scale agriculture: how to optimize field conditions, soil conditions, and crop yield; farm safety; farm equipment maintenance; and irrigation systems installation, maintenance, and repair.
  • Knowledge of pesticide handler/applicator requirements; food safety handling requirements; and others.
  • Proficient computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, internet, and email. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to manage and execute tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to remain positive, respectful, and firm while teaching and interacting with students.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to multitask, prioritize, and follow multiple sets of rules.
  • 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.
  • Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to pass a State of Hawai‘i Department of Public Safety background check and screening process. Must be able to pass State of Hawai‘i Department of Public Safety Volincor program training within one (1) month 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. 



  • Ability to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds unassisted.
  • Ability to work in the sun for up to six (6) hours/day.


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 with food safety and organic certifications.
  • Knowledge of agribusinesses in Hawai‘i; agribusiness opportunities, and value-added agricultural products.
  • Knowledge of requirements for various State and Federal agricultural certifications (e.g., organic industry requirements).
  • Experience working with incarcerated adults. Experience with small equipment repair. 

INQUIRIES:  Janel Yamamoto 956-3530 (Oahu). 


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)956-8344 or (808)956-0872. 


CLOSING DATE:  April 30, 2020. 


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.