Feb 22 2023
Category: Environmental
Job Description


CLOSING DATE:  March 3, 2023.

INQUIRIES:  Dr. Hanna Mounce 421-7483 (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), Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project (MFBRP) located in Olinda, Maui. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 


DUTIES: Plans field research and management strategies on the deployment of landscape level mosquito control. Coordinates and supervises field teams for field research and management projects. Field activities include, but are not limited to: regular mosquito population monitoring and carrying out a mark-release-recapture (MRR) study to evaluate survival and dispersal distance of mosquitoes;  assessing relative abundance or density of wild Culex population; regularly deploying Wolbachia Incompatible Insect Technique (IIT) mosquitoes throughout East Maui including in Haleakalā National Park (NP), Hanawī Natural Area Reserve, and Waikamoi Preserve; and monitoring and collecting Wolbachia IIT mosquitoes and wild Culex mosquitoes in release areas. Directs, supervises, and assigns work to PCSU/MFBRP Mosquito Research staff. Provides oversight, instruction, and guidance for a team of up to nine (9) members (including interns and volunteers).  Coordinates and schedules all logistics for field operations.Conducts fieldworkandmonitorsthedeployment of landscape scale mosquito control.Ensures thorough entry of field and Geographic Information System (GIS) data and records into computer files and databases for information summary and reporting. Tracks budgetsandexpenses,andprovidesgrantreport​s.Recruitsfull-timestaff, seasonalstaff,interns,andvolunteers. Procures equipment, and assures maintenance of project vehicles and care of project equipment. Manages data entry and database. Writes reports for funders and partners. Conducts data analysis, drafting of reports, and presentations at meetings. Drives to field activities and field work sites.



Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year collegeoruniversityinBiologicalSciences,N​aturalResourceManagement, or related field.


Two to four (2-4) years of experience conducting ecological field research.Experience must include at least one (1) year experience supervising or overseeing staff. Includes experience in project management and administration.


Knowledge in the principles and techniques of conservation biology,  entomology, conservation management, and remote field operations.Proficient knowledge of techniques used to inventory and monitor wildlife, and other natural resource assets. Knowledge of management principles including, but not limited to, supervising/developing employees, EEO, workplace safety, corrective/disciplinary actions, and administration of policies and procedures.


Excellent organizational and leadership skills. Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing. Ability to organize, lead, and train others, includingvolunteers.Ability to keep recordsandpreparereports.ProficientinGlob​alPositioningSystem(GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Ability to perform basic statistical analysis. Ability to establish work standards/expectations and clear direction to meet goals and objectives of ongoing work for direct reports.  Ability to provide guidance, motivate, and engage direct reports through effective communication and leadership.  Ability to assign work and to establish work rules and acceptable levels of quality and quantity of work.  Ability to review work and evaluate performance, and develop required job competencies of direct reports.Must possessavaliddriver’slicense(andifuseof​personalvehicleonthejobis required, must also have valid personal driver’s insurance equivalent to Hawai‘i’sNo-FaultDriver’sInsurance)​andmaintainthroughouttheduration ofemployment.Mustbeabletodrivea4-wheeldri​vevehiclewithautomatic transmission. PostOffer/EmploymentConditions:Mustposses​stheAmericanRedCross Certification in First Aid/CPR or Wilderness First Aid (or be able to obtain and maintain the certificate following the training provided within three (3) monthsfromdateofhireandmaintainthroughout​durationofemployment). Mustbeabletocompletebasichelicoptersafety​course(A100)withinsix (6)monthsand external sling load (A219) course within twelve (12) months fromdateofhire. Must complete helicopter manager courses within twelve (12) months from date of hire.


Must be able to hike, backpack, camp,andworkeffectivelyandsafelyinremotea​ndruggedareasforupto ten (10) days at a time under inclement weather conditions, while carrying heavy packs of up to forty (40) pounds unassisted.


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.).  


Strong interest and background training in invasive species biology or entomology. Understanding and ability to apply principles of experimental design. Experience sampling insects and plants, and controlling invasive plants and animals.  Experience working with Hawaiian forest birds. Familiarity with native Hawaiian flora and fauna and local conservation issues. Field experience with mosquitoes. Experience with small machine maintenance and electronics repair. Interagency Aviation Helicopter training and experience. Wilderness First Responder certificate.

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 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.