Mar 02 2023
Category: Environmental
Job Description



CLOSING DATE:  March 22, 2023.


INQUIRIES:  Mahina Patterson 289-2903 (Hawai‘i). 


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), Kohala Watershed Partnership (KWP), located on 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:  $3,500/Mon. 


DUTIES:  Builds, inspects, and maintains fences.  Monitors and controls alien plants and feral ungulates at the Kohala Watershed Management Area.  Establishes and monitors transects to evaluate forest recovery and plant distribution.  Collects and analyzes technical field data. In the field, regularly coordinates the activities of volunteers, interns, or temporary hires in alien plant control, feral animal control, and other resource management work.  Drives project vehicles to work sites and works in and around helicopters.  Orders supplies and materials for field projects. 




High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.


One to three (1-3) years of field experience surveying plant and animal populations in remote areas of Hawai‘i, or similar. Experience must be well-documented (include dates and hours per week) and paid. (At least one (1) year of college-level coursework from an accredited college or university in a related discipline (e.g., biology, zoology, or related natural science) may substitute for experience.).


Knowledge of native Hawaiian flora and fauna and threats from alien species.  Working knowledge of the principles of ecology and wildlife biology. 


Ability to track and locate animals using radio receivers, compass, map, and Global Positioning System (GPS) hand-held units. Ability to apply herbicides.  Ability to work independently.  Ability to inspect and repair fences.  Ability to use a computer to record technical field data, analyze field data using database and spreadsheet programs, and prepare draft reports.  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 possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR and maintain certification throughout duration of employment. As a condition of employment, all certifications must be obtained and maintained as specified by the certifying agency or as required by state and federal laws. Must be able to complete chainsaw training within twelve (12) months of 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. Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course (A100) within twelve (12) months from date of hire.


Able to conduct fieldwork in dense vegetation or over lava substrate under difficult conditions (heat, rain, cold temperatures, poor footing).  Ability to hike and camp in remote areas and rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions, for up to five (5) consecutive days.  Able to backpack, lift, and carry 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.).



College coursework from an accredited college or university in biology, ecology, wildlife management, botany, or related field.  Experience building remote ungulate exclusion fences.  Experience in hunting feral animals.  Experience using radio telemetry,  and Global Information System (GIS).  Experience constructing, repairing or inspecting enclosure fencing.  Knowledge of endangered species in Hawai‘i.


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.