Nov 22 2022
Category: Environmental
Job Description



CLOSING DATE:  December 12, 2022.


INQUIRIES:  Colleen Cole 518-8960 (Hawaiʻi).


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), Three Mountain Alliance (TMA), 'Imi Pono no ka 'Āina Environmental Education Program, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, located in Volcano, Hawai‘i. Telework (from employee’s residence city and state) may be permissible subject to review and approval by Principal Investigator and RCUH. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.


MONTHLY SALARY:  $3,600/Mon. 


DUTIES:  Lead coordinator for the Three Mountain Alliance (TMA) service learning program (“Nā Kiaʻi Kūmokuhāliʻi”). Coordinates and leads volunteer activities at sites across the TMA Management area including Keauhou, Lupea, and others to be determined (TBD).  Plans and leads service-based activities for volunteer groups including planting, seed collection, weed control, trail building, and other activities. Works closely with TMA Propagation Field Assistant to plan and implement planting activities across TMA sites. Assists with plant propagation and related activities. Works with schools, community members and other groups to develop a recurring volunteer program with TMA. Maintains contact lists for volunteers and manages email and social media networks to promote volunteer opportunities. Conducts work according to high standards of safety. Develops watershed and culturally-based narratives, practices, and activities to enrich the volunteer experience. Ensures that all reporting and record keeping related to volunteer program is maintained. 




Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biology, Education, Horticulture, Hawaiian Studies or related field.


At least one (1) year of experience working in an environmental outreach position.  Experience working with students ages twelve to eighteen (12-18) years of age. Experience in outdoor education.


Knowledge of natural resources processes and natural and cultural history of Hawai‘i. Knowledge of basic restoration principles.  Knowledge of Hawaiian native plants.  Working knowledge of Microsoft (MS) Office programs (Excel, PowerPoint, Word), social media messaging, and Adobe graphic design programs (InDesign, PhotoShop).


Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  Must be able to effectively manage groups of people in an outdoor setting. Must be able to establish rapport with local community groups, schools, and other potential volunteers.  Must be able to work independently and cooperatively with a group.  Must be able to work in varying weather conditions (rain, cold, heat, etc.) and carry heavy (at least thirty (30) pounds) tools and supplies across rough terrain.  Must be comfortable operating 4WD vehicles and spending long days outside or in the greenhouse.  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. Ability to effectively conduct work remotely (e.g., telework) as applicable. 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.


Must be able to carry at least fifty (50) pounds assisted.  Must be able to hike long distances (more than one (1) mile) over rugged terrain in sometimes rainy, cold, and muddy conditions.


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.).  



Knowledge of Hawaiian culture; perspective, practice and language. Skilled in native Hawaiian plant and animal identification. Experience leading groups in an outdoor setting. Experience working with schools and community groups in Hawai‘i.  Experience working with plant propagation or forest restoration programs.


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. 


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.