Feb 12 2024
Category: Environmental
Job Description




CLOSING DATE:  February 19, 2024.

INQUIRIES:  John-Carl Watson 808-354-1711 (Oahu). 


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), Ko’olau Mountains Watershed Partnership (KMWP), located in Pearl City, 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:  $3,976/Mon. 


DUTIES:  Works as part of a team for the KMWP and its partners in conducting projects to implement the KMWP Management Plan, and addressing landscape-level watershed threats. Work will focus on the protection of the native Hawaiian forest and related water resources within the approximately 100,000 acres of forested watershed in the Ko’olau Mountains. Supports all aspects of KMWP Management and Action Plan implementation (e.g., site-based and landscape level weed management strategy and ungulate management strategy for the KMWP area). Helps spearhead efforts with KMWP partners by providing technical expertise in coordinating and planning field and other watershed conservation activities (e.g., native ecosystem and watershed monitoring, feral animal control, fence line building and maintenance, native plant restoration, and mechanical and chemical alien plant control). Maintains watershed partnership equipment, facilities, field gear, and communication systems. Assists KMWP Community Outreach staff with planning and coordinating volunteer work trips and events. Responsible for assessing subordinates’ compliance with helicopter standard operating procedures (SOPs), any and all safety procedures, taking appropriate corrective actions, and reporting actions in a timely manner. Records detailed field data and spatial information, and inputs data into Global Positioning System (GPS) and computer systems. Maintains field equipment, tracks supply inventories, and assists with public relations activities. Assists with grant writing and reporting. Performs quality control on data collected and entered into databases. Enters and interprets field data into and from multiple databases. Maintains field gear. Independently develops work plans, schedules helicopter logistics, and documents field activities to assist Field Crew Supervisor when requested. Able to work irregular hours under difficult conditions. Several job functions will take place in remote areas for periods of one to four (1-4) nights in inclement weather. Must drive project vehicles to work sites and be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle with automatic transmission. 






Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university. (Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college in related field and an additional two (2) years of work or field experience in management of Hawaiian watersheds, flora, or fauna, may substitute for a Bachelor’s degree.).


Two to four (2-4) years of work experience with biological resources, conservation planning, natural resource management, or related field. Experiencemustbe paid and welldocumented (include dates and hours/week)andacquiredundertheemployment ofanacademicinstitution,governmentalagenc​y,privatecompany,ornon- profit organization in the appropriate field.


Good working knowledge of herbicide use and weed control techniques.Knowledge of methodology for transect monitoring, photo points, ground and aerial scouts/surveys, data collection, and database use. Familiarity with vegetation, stream monitoring, and data collection techniques.Knowledge of Hawaiian flora and fauna, as well as invasive weed species. Knowledge of safe and efficient helicopter operationspractices.Knowledgeofungulatefe​ncingtechniquesaswellas ungulate control methods. Specialized knowledge or expertise in one or more areas directly related to operations (e.g., rare plants, helicopter management, restoration techniques, GIS analysis, etc.), sufficient to improve planning work methodology.


Ability to effectively plan and lead field operations underhighlyvariableandregularlychangingco​nditions.AbilitytouseGPS unit, altimeter, compass, maps, and power tools (chainsaws, weed whackers, etc.). Ability to communicate well both orally and in writing. Proficient with word-processing and spreadsheet programs. Ability to identify common native Hawaiian and alien plants. Demonstrated proficiency in following project’s administrative, operational, and safety protocols, including proper use and storage of herbicides, and use and maintenance of project gear and equipment.Ability to accurately collect and store data for target weed and ungulate species survey and control activities,aswellaswatershedandwaterquali​tymonitoring.Demonstrated abilitytonavigateinremoteareaswithandwith​outaGPSunit.Ability to appropriately explain project objectives to the public. 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 insuranceequivalenttoHawai‘i’sNo-Faul​tDriver’sInsurance)andmaintain throughout the duration of employment. Must be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle with automatic transmission. Post Offer/Employment Conditions: Must be able to complete basic helicoptersafetycourse(A100)withintwelve(​12)monthsfromdateofhire. Must be able to complete helicopter manager courses within twelve (12) monthsofhire.Must be able to complete rappelling training within twelve (12) months from date of hire. Mustbeabletocompletechainsawtraining within twelve (12) months from date of hire and maintain throughout durationofemployment.Must complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals. Must possess the 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 throughoutdurationofemployment.


Ability to hike and camp in remote areas and steep rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions, up to four (4) consecutive days.Ability to backpack, lift, and carry forty (40) pounds unassisted.


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.). 




Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in the field of natural resource management, environmental studies, or related field. Knowledge of island ecosystem processes and incipient alien plant and animal invasions. Experience conducting biological surveys within Hawai’i. Previous experience working in the Ko‛olau Mountains or similar environments. Familiarity with watersheds in Hawai`i. Mapmaking abilities using ArcGIS. Knowledge of Hawaiian tradition and cultural practices.


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. Please visit​00/benefits/rcuh-benefits-at-a-glance/ for more information on RCUH’s Benefits for eligible employees.




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