Feb 24 2023
Category: Environmental
Job Description



CLOSING DATE:  March 20, 2023.


INQUIRIES:  Tiffani Keanini 634-2526 (Kauai). 


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


Regular,Full-Time,RCUHNon-CivilService​position with thePacificCooperativeStudiesUnit(PCSU),Ka​uaiInvasiveSpecies Committee(KISC),locatedinKapaa, Kauai. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.


MONTHLY SALARY:  $4,100/Mon. 


DUTIES:  Implementsanearly detectionprogramon Kauai.  Surveysselectedhigh-risksites forincipient non-nativeplant escapes, assesses their invasivepotential, andcollects andidentifies themusing theNational Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG)collections and otherresources.Utilizes navigational software and botanical reference materials (e.g., regional floras, monographs, etc.) foridentification of unidentified plant specimens. Promptly identifiesthe plant specimensbroughttotheherbariumbyweedmanag​ementgroups island-wide.Drives to various work sites to attend meetings. Responsiblefor logistics andcoordinationofearlydetectionfieldactiv​ities,including protocolsforsafety. Conducts original research and publishesin peer-reviewed journalsin orderto informthe scientific communityofearly detection plant findings. Maintainsorganizedrecordsofcollectedplant​vouchers onKauai,aswellasrecordsofpositively identifiedherbarium vouchers. Trains personnel in proper identification of select target and early detection species. Assists inthedevelopmentof earlydetectionprograms statewide.




Bachelor’sDegreefromanaccreditedfour​(4)yearcollegeor universityin Botany,Environmental Studies,Natural Sciences, or related field.


Two to four (2-4) years of experience working in the field of botany, invasive species control, or natural resources.


Knowledge of plant taxonomy, invasion biology and botanicalspecimencurating protocols. Goodworking knowledgeofthe scientificidentity ofcommonweedy speciesinHawai‘i. KnowledgeofHawaiianbiotaandthreatsfromali​enspecies. Familiarity withbasicsurveytechniques. Knowledgeofdatabase programsand Global Positioning System (GPS) devices.


AbilitytoidentifycommonplantspeciesinH​awai‘i, including agriculturalandlandscapeplants androadsideweeds. Ability to use, collect, and prepare botanicalreferenceand herbariumspecimenstoidentify unknown plants. Abilitytouseapersonal computer. Proficient in use of ArcGIS, mapping software, or database software. Ability to read and produce maps. Abilitytowriteclearandconcisereports. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 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. 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 six (6) months from date of hire) and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals. If selected for helicopter transport, must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course (A100) within twelve (12) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment. If selected for rappelling duties, must be able to complete rappelling training and submit rappelling training certification to PCSU prior to activity.


Ability to backpack,lift, andcarry uptofifty (50)pounds unassisted. Ability tohikeinremoteareas andruggedterrain under inclementweather conditions.


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.).  



Master’s Degreefroman accreditedcollege or universityinBotany,EnvironmentalStudies, Natural Sciences, or related field. Experiencein botanical investigations, aninvasive speciesearlydetectionprogram, identifyingunfamiliar plantspecies, orcurating botanicalspecimens.


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)956-0872. 


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