Become part of Hawaii’s conservation story

Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), performing project tasks on land controlled by the U.S. Navy, located at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), located in Kekaha, Kauai.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 


DUTIES:  Works closely with the PCSU/PMRF Natural Resources Management Predator Control Technician to implement wildlife predator control activities in support of the PMRF Natural Resources Program. Operates in up to four (4) management areas monitoring and controlling non-native predators. Implements control activities using a variety of approved methods. Assists with monitoring for the presence of various predators including barn owls, cats, rats, mice and feral pigs. Monitoring may also include the breeding success of endangered bird species to evaluate effectiveness of predator control activities. Performs basic construction tasks and simple maintenance on tools and vehicles.  Operates equipment such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS), handheld radios, cameras, etc. Operates 4-wheel drive (4WD) trucks or All-Terrain Vehicles.  Collects various data in the field and enters data into computer.  Assists in the preparation of simple maps and other tasks related to keeping accurate records of the field work accomplished.  Assists in ordering supplies and materials for field projects. Whenever possible, provides supplemental information on distribution and breeding success rates of endangered seabirds within the study areas and occasionally assists with seabird monitoring work if needed.  Loads, unloads, aims, and shoots handguns, shotguns, rifles and other RCUH-authorized firearms from a variety of body positions in authorized project-related research or wildlife control programs. 

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Two (2) years of college coursework in terrestrial Biological Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Wildlife Biology, or a related field. (Two (2) years of related work experience may substitute for two (2) years of college coursework).  EXPERIENCE:  At least one (1) year work experience in or related to managing natural resources.  Experience needs to be well documented and acquired under the employment of an academic institution, governmental agency, private company, or non-profit organization in the appropriate field.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Basic knowledge of the natural history of native Hawaiian wildlife.  Basic familiarity with native Hawaiian ecosystems, native Hawaiian plants and wildlife. Familiarity with techniques used to inventory and monitor wildlife and other natural resource assets. Familiarity with techniques used to inventory and control non-native predators.  Must be able to work well in a team setting and may work independently on tasks. Must be able to maintain a positive professional attitude in support of a productive work environment.  Must have good oral and written communication skills. Able to take good field notes and record biological data with a GPS.  Able to collect, organize, and manage a variety of field data.  Able to present findings in written report format.  Able to use word processing, database and spreadsheet programs. Must be able to meet requirements for use of firearms on base.  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 post-offer criminal background check for employment as a Navy Contractor.  Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR or be able to obtain and maintain the certificate prior to use of firearms on the job (whichever comes first) and maintain certification throughout duration of employment. Must be able to pass state and federal criminal history/record background check at initial hire, at change of job requiring use of firearms and annually, which legally enables possession and use of firearms and ammunition throughout duration of employment. Must obtain and maintain National Rifle Association or National Park Service firearms training (or other comparable training) and State of Hawai‘i/DLNR Hunter Education Training Program firearms certification. 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. Failure to pass the firearms qualification requirements may be grounds for disqualification of part or all of the job duties.  Must complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Able to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds unassisted. Able and willing to conduct work under strenuous outdoor conditions (e.g. extreme weather, thick brush, steep terrain) on a secured military base. 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:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in terrestrial Biological Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Wildlife Biology, or a related field. Field work with emphasis on predator control with a land management agency or a county, state, or federal program in Hawai‘i strongly preferred. Experience hunting birds using firearms, traps, and other prescribed methods.  Previous experience monitoring endangered Hawaiian seabirds. Experience in identification of native Hawaiian plants and animals and non-native plants.  Knowledge of Department of the Navy natural resources programs, and the policy, organizational contexts within which they are managed. 

INQUIRIES:  Michelle Miyata 956-9512 (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. 
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Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.


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