Sep 15 2023
Category: Environmental
Job Description




CLOSING DATE:  August 11, 2023, or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first).

INQUIRIES:  Lori Bufil (808) 932-7977 (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 Hawai’i Cooperative Studies Unit (HCSU) at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo (UHH) in collaboration with the United States Geological Survey Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center (USGS PIERC). Work location is in the USGS PIERC office in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on the island of 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:  $2,914-$3,300/Mon. 


DUTIES: Provides support to project staff in the development and implementation of all aspects of research across the diverse suite of research projects within Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center’s (PIERC) portfolio. Trains on protocols and helps with field and laboratory components for projects. Assists with creating and writing field and lab methodologies, and standard operating procedures (SOPs). UsesGlobal Positioning System (GPS) and maps to navigate in remote forested areas. Creates maps and  transfers data between handheld GPS units and databases using ArcGIS (Geographic Information System). Drives a government vehicle over a combination of paved and 4WD roads to ranging in distances from thirty to one hundred and five (30-105) miles from the field station, to get to remote field sites. Enters and manages data both in the field and at the office. Enters data into databases and spreadsheets, assures data is properly collected, performs data quality control and management, and assists with other aspects of the project. Submits regular progress reports on fieldwork and works with the Project Leaders on developing reports for technical or journal publications. 





Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Wildlife Science, or related conservation science, natural resources, or biological discipline.


One to three (1-3) years of (paid or volunteer) experience conducting biological research. Experience must include at least six (6) months of field survey or laboratory work in Hawai‘i including data collection, management, and method documentation.


Working knowledge of Hawai‘i’s diverse ecosystems, conservation challenges, flora and fauna, principles of Hawai‘i terrestrial ecology and conservation biology, and social landscapes. Familiarity with scientific research methods relative to conservation biology. Knowledge of general methods involving gathering and recording field data for research and management projects, including use of computers to download data under field conditions. Competent in word processing, databases, and spreadsheets.


Effective oral and written communication skills to plan and document field activities, write progress reports and field and lab protocols to assist with project reports and publications. Demonstrated ability work at remote field sites in a safe and efficient manner. Ability to perform field data collection and data management.  Ability to maintain good rapport with project staff in collection of data. Ability to develop strategies and protocols for data collection efforts. Ability to record and navigate to field sites using a map, compass, and handheld GPS unit. Ability to work with ArcGIS and data management software (e.g., Excel, R). Ability to enter and manage data, and perform basic data analysis. 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. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must possess Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain the certificate following the training provided within six (6) months from date of hire) and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must be able to complete the UH Information Security Awareness Training (ISAT) within two (2) weeks from date of hire, and re-certify every twelve (12) months. 


Fieldwork will involve bending, walking, and hiking over rough and uneven terrain.  Must be able to work under exposure to conditions ranging from hot and dry to cold and wet. Must be able to lift and carry equipment weighing up to fifty (50) pounds. Ability and willingness to conduct field work at night in rugged terrain under difficult conditions (e.g., high elevation, cold, dust, high winds, poor footing, etc.).  Ability to hike and camp in remote areas and rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions, for up to five (5) consecutive days.


As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies, procedures, and trainings and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies, procedures, and trainings.  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.). 




Past participant of the Pacific Internship Program for Exploring Science (PIPES) undergraduate internship program. Additional years of experience in ecological research in Hawai‘i.


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)956-8376. Please visit www.rcuh.com/work/benefits 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.