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Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), located in the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (IPIF), Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Hilo, 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:  Designs and performs research developing biological control as a tool for long term management of invasive Albizia in Hawaiian forests.  Provides information critical for determining suitability of selected natural enemies of Albizia for future introduction to Hawai‘i as biological control agents.  Conducts field research in countries where Albizia is native. 

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  PhD from an accredited college or university in Entomology or related discipline.  EXPERIENCE:  Three to five (3-5) years of experience conducting weed biocontrol research in field and lab environments. Three to five (3-5) years of experience in ecological field research with diverse tropical insect and plant taxa, and in remote tropical environments.  Experience in writing scientific research papers.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Knowledge of literature on biocontrol research practices and biocontrol regulations of Hawai‘i and USDA.  Knowledge of insect rearing techniques and procedures particularly under quarantine. Fully conversant with requirements and data quality control and assurances in preparation of documentation to support application to release biocontrol agents. Ability to travel extensively within Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and collaborate with diverse international research partners. Ability to communicate research techniques and monitor progress of research studies by partners in person and remotely via electronic communications.  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 Conditions:  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 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 up to five (5) miles in remote areas and rugged terrain in hot, humid, wet tropical weather conditions. Able to backpack, lift and carry up to thirty (30) 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:  Experience traveling and communicating scientifically among diverse cultures and geographies of Pacific islands and Austral-Asia. Knowledge of Falcataria moluccana ecology and phylogenetic relatives within its native range and in Hawai‘i. 

INQUIRIES:  Lynnette Kinoshita 956-3932 (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.


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