Sep 03 2020
Category: Environmental
Job Description



Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC), University of Hawai‘i, 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 RANGE:  $2,490-$4,372/Mon.



  • Works in the field with community groups, individuals, and/or nursery/industry representatives to support their efforts in controlling specific invasive species.  
  • Leads groups into the field for educational purposes. 
  • Identifies and works with key community leaders/residents to facilitate community-led control activities.  
  • Schedules and coordinates community meetings.  
  • Expands and coordinates equipment/supply loan program for invasive species control. 
  • Coordinates and implements volunteer recognition program and mechanisms for maintaining volunteer engagement.  
  • Works with Coordinators, Crew Leaders, and Operations Manager to characterize and prioritize management units for community control involvement. 
  • Works closely with the Community Engagement Coordinator to develop programs and materials to engage the community in behaviors related to invasive species management using community-based social marketing principles.  
  • Provides environmental education in selected classrooms and in field settings.  
  • Will interact with minors monthly.  
  • Works in the field with MISC invasive species control crews and with community members. 
  • Drives project vehicles to work sites. Must be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle with manual transmission. 



  • Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college. 
  • (High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent and an additional one to three (1-3) years of field experience or experience working with the public may substitute for an Associate’s Degree). 


  • One to three (1-3) years of experience in public relations or education, and field activities related to natural resource management. 


  • Basic knowledge of Hawaiian biota/natural history and threats from incipient alien plant and animal invasions in Hawai‘i.  
  • Knowledge of field activities related to natural resources management.  
  • Knowledge of identification of common native Hawaiian plants and common introduced weed species.  
  • Knowledge of identification and detection techniques for invasive species. 
  • Good oral and written communication skills.  
  • Public speaking ability.  
  • Ability to think and act independently under pressure and in the public eye.  
  • Ability to present a positive public image for activities that can be perceived as controversial at times. 
  • Ability to read maps and aerial photographs, navigate in remote areas with and without a GPS unit, and accurately collect and store data.  
  • Ability and experience working with small, mechanized equipment (e.g., weed whackers).  
  • Proficient in the use of basic computer programs, including word processing and desktop publishing software. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in following administrative, operational, and safety protocols, including proper use and storage of pesticides and use and maintenance of project gear and equipment. 
  • Ability to appropriately explain project objectives to the public. 
  • Ability to identify a wide variety of native Hawaiian and alien plants/animals. 
  • 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 be able to pass a post offer criminal background check.  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 complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals. 


  • Ability to backpack, lift, and carry up to fifty (50) pounds unassisted while working in the field.  
  • Ability to work in rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions.

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.).  



  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biology, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science or related field.  
  • Experience with invasive species control in Hawai‘i.  
  • Mapmaking abilities using ArcGIS.  
  • Strong graphic design aesthetic skills. 

INQUIRIES:  Susan Frett 633-6646 (Maui). 


Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position.<​/p>


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)956-0872. 


CLOSING DATE:  September 16, 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.