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Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Waianae Mountains Watershed Partnership (WMWP), located in Makakilo, Hawai‘i.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.


DUTIES:  Assists the WMWP and its partners in conducting projects to implement the WMWP Management Plan and address landscape-level watershed threats.  Supports all aspects of WMWP Management and Action Plan implementation (a site-based and landscape level weed management strategy and ungulate management strategy for the WMWP area).  Helps spearhead efforts with WMWP partners to coordinate and plan field and other watershed conservation activities, such as native ecosystem and watershed monitoring, feral animal control, fence line building and maintenance, and mechanical and chemical alien plant control.  Works closely with WMWP Operations Supervisor to develop and implement education and outreach projects.  Makes presentations to communities, schools, and target audiences.  Maintains WMWP newsletter and social media.  Occasionally lead volunteer service trips in the field.

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Natural Resource Management, Conservation, Environmental Science, Biological Sciences, or a related field. (Bachelor’s Degree in non-related field with at least one (1) year of work or volunteer experience in or related to managing natural resources in Hawai‘i or at least four (4) years of related natural resources/conservation work may substitute for a Bachelor’s Degree).  Experience needs to be well documented and acquired under the employment of an academic institution, governmental agency, private company, or non-profit organization in an appropriate field.  EXPERIENCE:  Up to one (0-1) year of work experience with biological resources, conservation planning, and/or natural resource management in Hawai‘i.  Experience needs to be well-documented and acquired under the employment of an academic institution, governmental agency, private company, non-profit organization in the appropriate field.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Knowledge of herbicide use and weed control techniques.  Knowledge of and/or expertise in vegetation and/or rare plant and/or stream monitoring techniques and data collection.  Knowledge of Hawaiian flora and fauna.  Ability to use GPS unit, altimeter, compass, maps, and power tools.  Ability to use word-processing and spreadsheet programs.  Ability to identify common native Hawaiian and alien plants.  Must have computer skills in presentation software (e.g. MS PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, MS Publisher, Newsletter/publishing software/online web based programs).  Ability to communicate well both orally and in writing.  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 duration of employment. Must be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle with manual transmission. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to pass a DoD security check for employment as a Navy contractor. Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety (A100) course within six (6) months from date of hire.  Must be able to complete rappelling training, within twelve (12) months from date of hire.  Must be able to obtain chainsaw certification within twelve (12) months of hire and maintain throughout employment. Must complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals.   PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Ability to hike and camp in remote areas and steep rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions, up to four (4) consecutive days.  Able to backpack and lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds 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:  Knowledge of island ecosystem processes and incipient alien plant and animal invasions.  Experience conducting biological surveys within the Waianae Mountains. Previous experience with native Hawaiian plant propagation or nursery work. Education or experience in education, journalism, marketing or related field.  Possesses creative skills and able to produce original types of media.  Demonstrative ability to work effectively and accurately with high degree of independence. Previous experience monitoring and mapping vegetation and stream resources.  Familiarity with database (MS Access) and GIS (ArcView) and GPS (Garmin) systems.  Previous fence building or construction experience.

INQUIRIES:  Yumi Miyata 227-9545 (Oahu).

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.

RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.

Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.


  • Posted On

    November 17, 2017
  • Closing Date

    December 11, 2017
  • Organization

    Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit
  • Location

    Waianae Mountains Watershed Partnership (WMWP), located in Makakilo, Hawai‘i
  • Position Type

    Full Time
For more information about Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit and this opportunity please visit our website at, contact us at (808) 227-9545 or via email at

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