Research Assistant

Jun 20 2018
Kupu |Honolulu|Part Time
Job Description

Position Overview and Goals

WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument (VALR) and the greater Pearl Harbor area have great cultural and historical significance. The history of the area is multilayered and cross-cultural, from its cultural significance in early food production in pre-contact Hawaii, to the display of heroism, sacrifice, and patriotism during the events of WWII.


VALR, in partnership with Kupu, will work with high school students in Hawaii to create new digital media products related to Hawaiian/Pearl Harbor history and WWII history throughout 2018. This project will incorporate one Research Assistant and 20 students to research and produce video projects related to these topics for use on the VALR website, social media sites, and app. Participants will gain skills in informational media, interpretation, and communication. This opportunity will support the engagement of local Hawaii residents and island visitors with the VALR National Park System (NPS), and will promote the participation of local Hawaii residents in the NPS. Through in-class lessons, and field excursions, participants will learn about and connect with the NPS, VALR, and Pearl Harbor as a whole. Student participants will receive a one-time scholarship upon successful completion of program.


The Research Assistant is a part-time position that will research and assist students in developing topics for media production on the surrounding areas of Puʻuloa and the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument (VALR).


Time Frame

June 2018 – May 2019

Part-time position


Position Duties

The Program Assistant duties include, but are not limited to, the following duties:

·         Conduct independent research on pre-contact historical sites of VALR and Puʻuloa.

o   Identify sites of cultural significance

o   Identify possible media topics and supporting sources

o   Provide student participants with historically accurate information to use for media production, and in doing so gain skills in archival and ethnographic research.

o   Using the VALR archives, include oral history videos, photographs, letters, newsletters, and other digital content that may be useful for students.

o   Contribute significantly to the success of the students, both with providing helpful information/historical items, and with ensuring historical accuracy of the finished products.

·         Assist students and teachers with coordinating resources.

·         Ensure the final media products are historically accurate with proper citations and credits.

●        Other duties as assigned.


Research Assistant Requirements

Must meet the following minimum requirements:

●        High school diploma

●        Strong personal familiarity with places and communities in Hawai‘i

●        Extremely detail-oriented and thorough

●        Team player with effective written and verbal communication skills and a positive attitude

●        Multi-tasking abilities

●        Be able to show good judgment

●        A life learner with excellent problem solving skills

●        Excellent interpersonal relationship skills

●        Available part-time Monday through Friday, as well as for possible weekends, evenings

●        Possess a valid driver’s license and meet Kupu’s driving abstract requirements

●        Meet Kupu’s criminal history check requirements


Program Assistant Reports To: Environmental Education Leadership Program Manager


In accordance with Federal Law, Kupu is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age. or disability