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College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Services (PEPS), located at the Daniel K. Inouye U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in 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:  Assists with developing methods to control fruit flies with insecticides and baits. Responsible for rearing and maintaining insecticide resistant colonies and the establishment on an additional colony. Assists researchers in preparing, performing and evaluating the impacts of treatments on the different melon fly colonies.  Actively participates in one (1) or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of duties, in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse environment, common to the assigned area of work, and contributes ideas towards the planning and sequencing of the technical aspects of the research.  Collects, prepares, evaluates and verifies samples and supporting records. Maintains records, and locates and compiles data and other information from various sources. Keeps detailed records of experimental data. Tabulates, statistically analyzes, and summarizes data using personal computers and software packages.  Assists with reviewing sections of reports, manuscripts, and publications and provides feedback.  Maintains inventory of chemicals, stock solutions, etc. Prepares solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse, and safely disposes of waste material (both chemical and biological). Keeps work-site in a neat and orderly manner.  Adapts, modifies, and develops new techniques and/or procedures to satisfy the needs of the research project.  Independently initiates action to resolve or correct technical difficulties and results, or recommends resolution to supervisor. Searches for literature pertinent to area of research for new procedures or techniques to use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse. 


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in a science related field.  EXPERIENCE:  Up to one (0-1) year of experience in insect rearing, experience in botany and plant production.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Practical knowledge of the principles of biological science (e.g., plant pathology, entomology, genetics, etc.).  Practical knowledge of insect development and biology.  Knowledge of the research project objectives sufficient to contribute ideas to the planning and sequencing of the technical aspects of experimental design and execution.  Ability to adapt, develop, or improve techniques and procedures.  Ability to locate, organize, and adapt information from published literature for use as guidelines for new procedures.  Skill in keeping exact and detailed records of data obtained from experiments.  Post Offer/Employment Condition:  Must be able to complete the CTAHR Worker Protection Standard training within twelve (12) months from date of hire.  Must be able to complete the UH Laboratory Safety training within twelve (12) months from date of hire.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must be able to work under sun in field conditions and stand for an extensive period. 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:  Strong written and verbal communication skills.  Ability to independently prepare plant materials or insect rearing device for insect studies.  Ability to write scientific reports. 


INQUIRIES:  Dr. Ronald Mau 220-0214 (Oahu). 


Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position.


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. 


CLOSING DATE:  January 20, 2020. 


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

    December 10, 2019
  • Closing Date

    January 20, 2020
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    Full Time
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