Apr 28 2018
Category: Environmental
Job Description


RESEARCH ANT ASSISTANT (OAHU) – ID# 18196.<​/strong>


Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU) and the Hawai‘i Ant Lab, located on Oahu, 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:  $2,314-$3,736/Mon. 


DUTIES:  Facilitates more effective protection of Hawai‘i’s environment from harmful alien species by assisting the Invasive Ant Research Manager with implementation of measures to prevent the introduction of alien pests into Hawai‘i, with special emphasis on prevention of establishment and interisland spread of the Little Fire Ant (Wasmannia auropunctata) and the Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta). Assists with conducting surveys for invasive ants and prepares specimens collected as a result of those surveys and samples submitted by the public and other agencies. Assists technical and scientific staff with implementing eradication and mitigation plans, and collects and enters experimental data. Keeps appropriate records of these activities.  Maintains vehicles, laboratory, and associated equipment in good order and ensures service schedules are adhered with. Performs laboratory and field tasks as required.  Carries out basic office administration and data entry procedures. 


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.  EXPERIENCE:  One to three (1-3) years of experience working in a science related or integrated pest management field.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Basic knowledge of entomology, invasive species issues, or integrated pest management principles.  Must have good oral communication skills.  Basic computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and database applications.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 be able to pass a post offer criminal background check. 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).  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must be able to conduct field work in remote locations under adverse conditions for prolonged periods.  Must be capable of carrying up to fifty (50) pounds of equipment on a routine basis unassisted.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:  Some college coursework in Science, Entomology, Zoology, Ecology, or related field in the Natural Sciences.  Basic knowledge of global positioning systems (GPS). Some experience and knowledge of invasive ant species in Hawai‘i. 


INQUIRIES:  Dr. Casper Vanderwoude 989-9289 (Hawai‘i).  


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) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) 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 If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872. 


CLOSING DATE:  May 11, 2018.  


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.