Mar 14 2023
Category: Environmental
Job Description



CLOSING DATE:  April 4, 2023.


INQUIRIES:  Hank Oppenheimer 357-2074 (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), Plant Extinction Prevention Program (PEPP), located on Maui, 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:  $3,600/Mon. 


DUTIES:  The primary goal of the Plant Extinction Prevention Program  (PEPP) is to implement rare plant conservation actions to prevent the extinction of critically rare species, focusing on species that have fewer than fifty (50) wild plants remaining (i.e., PEP species).  Work will be conducted on land controlled by the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), National Park Service (NPS), County of Maui, private landowners, and in collaboration with watershed partnerships, located on the islands of Maui and Lanai. Travel will be necessary to Lanai and Molokai, with possible travel to Kahoolawe. Implements office and field work designed and planned by the Maui Nui Plant Extinction Prevention Program (MNPEPP) Coordinator including, but not limited to: rare plant collection, propagation and horticulture, monitoring, and surveying. Implements management actions such as invasive plant control, invertebrate and vertebrate pest control, ungulate control, fencing, and outplanting. Assists in scheduling, planning, logistics, documenting day-to-day field work, and recording and analyzing field data using computer aided programs. Assists staff with completing reports including monthly reports, grant reports, and PEPP annual reports for Maui Nui. Work must be done in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and County regulations and laws, especially regarding endangered species, safety and health, and pesticide use. Driving 4-wheel drive vehicles off-road and helicopter transport to remote sites is required. 




Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biological or Environmental Science with basic/related biology courses. (Bachelor’s Degree in non-related field with at least one (1) year of experience managing natural resources in Hawai‘i; or at least two (2) years of college coursework in a biological science with at least two (2) years of experiencemanagingnatural resources inHawai‘i may substitute for a Bachelor’s Degree.).


Two to four (2-4) years of experience dealing with biological resources in Hawai‘i.Experience needs to be well-documents and acquired under the employment of an academic institution, governmental agency,privatecompany,ornon-profitorganiz​ationinanappropriatefield.


Knowledge of or expertise in vegetation and rare plant monitoringtechniquesanddatacollection.Kno​wledgeof pesticideuseand weed control techniques.


Ability to use a Global Positioning System (GPS), altimeter, compass, and maps. Computer literate. 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 Conditions:Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety training course (A100) within six (6) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must possess the AmericanRedCrossCertificationinFirstAid/C​PR(orbeabletoobtainand maintain the certificate following the training provided within three (3) monthsfromdateofhireandmaintainthroughout​durationofemployment). MustcompletetheonlineHazardCommunicationt​rainingimmediatelyafter hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals. Mustbeabletocompletechainsawtrainingwithi​ntwelve(12)monthsfrom date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must be able to complete rappelling training within twelve (12) months from date of hire. Candidates will not be expected to carry out the activities without appropriate training and certification.


Able and willing to conduct work under dirty, muddy, rainy or sunny, hot or cold, and strenuous outdoor conditions (e.g., extreme weather, mosquitoes, steep terrain, dense vegetation).Able to hike uptoten(10)milesperday,backpackwithuptofi​fty(50)poundsofweight unassisted, and camp in remote areas and rugged terrain for up to five (5) days at a time.


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.).  



Education and experience in programs managing rare and endangered species and ecosystems on Maui Nui, Hawai‘i.  Knowledge of endangered species management, safety and logistical requirements necessary to carry out field operations. Knowledge of Federal, State, and local environmental laws. Familiarity with integrative techniques used to inventory, assess, and display natural resource assets, environmental impacts and their interrelationships. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.


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)956-8376. Please visit 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 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.