Become part of Hawaii’s conservation story

Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP), located on Kauai, 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:  Directs and works in conjunction with a field crew in coordinating all aspects of the field research conducted by the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP) regarding locating, monitoring, and managing endangered seabirds on Kauai.  Performs scheduling, equipment management, logistics, public outreach, and works with land management agencies and project cooperators. Oversees day-to-day field activities of field crew. Conducts surveys of Newell’s Shearwater and Hawaiian Petrel movement between breeding colonies and the sea, using modified marine radar, visual surveys (with binocular, scope, and night-vision), and auditory surveys.  Assists with implementation of management and monitoring for seabirds at breeding colonies, including predator control.  Performs data management, preliminary analyses of field data, and data entry into Geographic Information System (GIS) and databases.  Produces maps and conducts analyses in ArcGIS.  Trains new staff in fieldwork methodologies and protocols.  Assists in the preparation of materials for administrative reports, publications in appropriate service outlets, and professional journals.  Operates a motor vehicle and a variety of equipment for field studies. 

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Science, or other related biological discipline.  EXPERIENCE:  One to three (1-3) years of (paid or volunteer) experience in biological fieldwork (Volunteer experience must be documented and verifiable).  Demonstrated experience with one (1) or more of the following: auditory point counts, operating ornithological radar, visual survey methods of seabirds on land or at sea, use of song meters, or use of burrow cameras. Previous leadership experience.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Working knowledge of the principles of wildlife population ecology and conservation, particularly colonial nesting seabirds. Working knowledge of Windows operating systems, Microsoft Programs (Excel, Word, Access), and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) GIS software.  Able to monitor and manage avian population ecology.  Able to properly and safely handle seabirds.  Able to operate modified marine radar.  Able to perform data manipulation and preliminary analyses using Microsoft Office and other software programs.  Able to effectively use ArcGIS (or be willing to learn).  Able to learn to recognize and correctly identify common plant species.  Able to locate birds by their calls.  Able to use a map, compass, and Global Positioning System (GPS) to navigate in dense forests.  Able to take detailed field notes, follow a prescribed system for data collection, and make simple maps, graphs, charts, and written and verbal reports.  Able to communicate effectively 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 the duration of employment.  Post Offer/Employment Conditions:  Must be able to pass a post offer criminal background check. Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course within two (2) months from date of hire   Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain the certificate following the training provided within two (2) months from date of hire) and maintain throughout duration of employment.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Ability to hike at least four (4) miles on obscure or off trails with a thirty to forty (30-40) pound backpack and live and work in isolated field camps under primitive conditions for extended periods of time. 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:  Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Biological Sciences.  Strong interest and background training in seabird ecology.  Experience working in remote areas.  Experience working with Hawaiian forest birds and/or seabirds.  Experience with forest-breeding petrels. Experience running predator control and monitoring programs for seabirds.  Familiarity with native Hawaiian flora, fauna, and local conservation issues.  Experience with use of ESRI GIS geospatial databases.  Experience with statistical software, such as R, Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), and Statistical Analysis Software (SAS).  Experience writing peer-reviewed manuscript publications.  Familiarity with Kauai. 

INQUIRIES:  André Raine 335-5300 (Kauai). 

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 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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