May 18 2023
Category: Environmental
Job Description



CLOSING DATE:  May 31, 2023.


INQUIRIES:  Michael Waring (808) 518-5960 (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), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, locatedon the island of 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:  $3,700/Mon. 


DUTIES:  Conducts pathology studies isolating and culturing pathogens, performing genetic analyses, developing treatments, and investigating potential vectors of forest disease. Collects, processes, analyzes plant and soil samples to determine the presence of forest tree pathogens. Participates in other forest pathology research activities as requested, including collecting data, analyzing results, and communicating findings to project partners through written communications. Other activities include disease resistance screening, pathogen monitoring, preparing outreach educational materials, resource management activities, implementing sanitation protocols, and maintaining fungal cultures. Collaborates with other scientists to innovate new sampling and analytical methods. Conducts quality control. 




Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college in Environmental Science, Biological Science (with emphasis in terrestrial biology), or a related field.


One to three (1-3) years of plant biology or pathology experience that includes collecting, processing, and analyzing fungal samples using both culturing techniques and molecular DNA approaches in the laboratory.


Knowledge of clean laboratory microbial culturingtechniques and molecular DNA tests.Working knowledge of native Hawaiian and invasive non-native flora.Knowledge of general methods involved in gathering and recording field data for research and management projects.


Basic laboratory skills related to plant pathology. Ability to communicate well orally and in writing with supervisor and coworkers; to work well both independently and with others in a field crew setting; to follow and execute complex disease sampling, processing, and analysis instructions in a laboratory environment; and to accurately record biological data both in the field and laboratory.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. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must possess 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 throughoutdurationofemployment.Must complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals. Must be able to complete the UH Laboratory Safety training within twelve (12) months from date of hire.


Ability to carry up to thirty-five (35) 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’sDegreefromanaccreditedfour (4) year college or university in Environmental Science, Biological Science (with emphasis in terrestrial biology), or a related field.Experience working with a team of scientists from different disciplinary backgrounds.Experience with pathogens, insects, or invasive species management.Familiarity with forest management practices in Hawai‘i.Experience working in forest ecosystems.


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)956-8376. Please visit www.rcuh.com/work/benefits 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.