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 Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC), located on Big Island, Hawai‘i.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 


MONTHLY SALARY RANGE:  $4,200-4,600/Mon. 


DUTIES:  Conducts field operations necessary to implement action plans.  Assists the BIISC Manager in 1) translating the action plans, with guidance from the BIISC Chairman (or designee) and subject matter experts, into appropriate on-the-ground accomplishments and 2) establishing priorities for and guidance of the BIISC field operations to achieve the project missions. Trains field supervisors, workers and temporary hires in all aspects of the field operation including plant and animal identification, field procedures, equipment use and care, herbicide application, and helicopter operations. Supervises support staff field crews directly or delegates responsibility to field crew leaders/supervisors. Works in the field with crew-members controlling invasive alien plant and animal species targeted by action plans. Leads or co-leads Inter-agency field crews or may defer leadership to other agency team leaders. May work directly under an Interagency Incident Commander on large multi-crew projects. Manages field operations with support staff including: logistics, procuring and maintaining needed equipment and supplies, scheduling and directing helicopter operations, planning daily field priorities, and documenting day-to-day fieldwork. Coordinates field operations with cooperators from the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, The Nature Conservancy, and others. Serves as the project’s Safety Officer. Incorporates safety procedures within program and coordinates daily work/action plans, including applicable risk assessments. Ensures all operations are conducted according to legal requirements, accepted safety standards and that proper protective equipment is utilized. Establishes and implements protocols to prevent seed dispersal by field crews. Helps to establish and maintain favorable public relations, landowner relations, and quality control of action by the team with support staff. Records detailed field data and summarizes and coordinates data analysis using various computer programs and assists with preparation of progress reports. 


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  High School Diploma or G.E.D equivalent.  EXPERIENCE:  Three to five (3-5) years of experience as a field supervisor or professional leadership position which included hiring, disciplining, planning, evaluating, assigning tasks, and other related supervisory tasks.  Field experience must include conducting surveys for plants or forest pests, camping in remote areas, , working with community or agency partners, and working with a multi-disciplinary team.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Strong working knowledge of herbicide use and safety and the selection of appropriate control methods to manage an invasive species. Demonstrated familiarity with native and non-native species, field and environmental conditions in Hawai‘i. Familiarity with the residential communities and geography of Hawai‘i Island. Demonstrated familiarity with relevant agencies, regulations, and laws pertinent to invasive species control work. General knowledge of basic computer skills. Ability to make sound planning and logistical decisions. Strong organizational, leadership, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Ability to read topographic and other map formats and use global positioning systems. Must be able to manage a safety program. Ability to perform data collection, data entry, management and analysis. 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. Must be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle with manual transmission. Post Offer/Employment Conditions: Must be able to pass a post offer criminal background check. 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 be able to complete basic helicopter safety course within twelve (12) months from date of hire. Must be able to obtain and maintain State of Hawai‘i Certification for Application of Restricted Use Pesticides within six (6) months from date of hire.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must be able to conduct fieldwork in remote areas and rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions, up  to five (5) consecutive days. Able to backpack, lift, and carry forty (40) pounds. 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:  College level coursework in Biology, Botany, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, or related field. Research, field, or management experience involving native and alien species in Hawai‘i. Knowledge of Hawaiian biota and threats from incipient plant and animal invasions. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing. Ability to use geographic information systems (ArcView) and databases to organize and analyze spatial data. 


INQUIRIES:  Kaye Springer 345-1668 (Hawai‘i). 


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)956-7262 or (808)956-0872. 


CLOSING DATE:  January 19, 2021. 


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

    January 5, 2021
  • Closing Date

    January 19, 2021
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    Full Time
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