Jun 11 2021
Category: Environmental
Job Description



Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), in support of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), Native Ecosystem Protection and Management (NEPM) located in Kahului, Maui.  Work sites are in Natural Area and Forest Reserves throughout Maui County, and occasionally on other Hawaiian Islands.  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:  $3,400-$4,200/Mon. 


DUTIES:  Supervises PCSU Natural Resources/Ecosystem Restoration (NR/ER) personnel involved in building and maintaining fence lines, controlling alien plant invasions, restoring native vegetation, monitoring the native ecosystem and controlling feral animals.  Responsible for the use, basic maintenance, and inventory of vehicles, tools, equipment, and supplies, and ensures proper and safe use by field crew. Operates 4-wheel drive (4WD) trucks, All-Terrain Vehicles, and such equipment and tools as chainsaws, drills, weed-eaters, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), handheld radios, cameras, etc.  Assists with collection of various data in the field and entry of data into computers, preparation of simple maps, and other basic record keeping. Performs simple maintenance on tools and vehicles. Must adhere to equipment use, pesticide use, and invasive species prevention protocols. 

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.  EXPERIENCE:  At least two (2) years of field experience directly related to natural resource conservation, agriculture, forestry, or similar work in Hawai‘i.  At least one (1) year of experience supervising or leading a team (experience can be unrelated to conservation).  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  General knowledge of native Hawaiian flora and fauna and threats from alien species.  Familiarity with agricultural chemicals and their safe and legal application. Familiarity with basic construction tools and techniques, especially those applicable to fence construction. Knowledge of basic safety practices associated with this type of work. Ability to communicate orally and in writing and to comprehend complex verbal and written instructions.  Ability to supervise a crew working in a remote outdoor environment.  Ability to learn to identify numerous plant species typically encountered at work sites.  Ability to safely operate power tools including chain saws, weed eaters, generators, chipper, etc. and hand tools such as machetes, shovel, sledge hammer, etc. Ability to operate desktop computers and other basic office equipment. Must be able to swim and snorkel. 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 course (A100) within six (6) months from date of hire.  Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain and maintain the certificate following the training provided within three (3) months from date of hire) and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must be able to complete chainsaw training within twelve (12) months of from date of hire. Must be able to complete rappelling training within twelve (12) months from date of hire. Must complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Ability to hike and camp in remote areas and rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions, up to five (5) consecutive days.  Able to backpack and lift and carry forty (40) pounds unassisted and to move heavy objects weighing over one hundred (100) pounds assisted. 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.).  


SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS:  College coursework in biology, natural sciences or related fields.  Technical or research experience with a natural resource management agency, especially pertaining to vegetation or wildlife management.  Skilled trades work such as carpentry, engine mechanics or other construction/maintenance experience.  Familiarity with computers and Geographic Information System (GIS).  Work experience using herbicides or other chemicals to control pest organisms.  Experience living/working in a wilderness setting for extended periods of time.  Training/experience with helicopter operations. 


INQUIRIES:  Michelle Miyata 956-9512 (Oahu). 


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


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. 


CLOSING DATE:  June 24, 2021. 


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.