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Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) performing project tasks under the applicable cooperative agreement for the U.S. Army Garrison (USAG), Directorate of Public Works (DPW), Environmental Office, Natural Resources Section, located on the island of Oahu. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.  




DUTIES:  The primary goal is to ensure that the military mission is accomplished and that training opportunities are realized to the fullest extent possible in a manner consistent with Federal, State, and Army environmental quality policies. Work must be done in accordance with applicable Army, Federal, and State regulations and laws, especially regarding endangered species, safety and health, and pesticides. Majority of tasks take place on Army lands. Implements and supports an Oahu Army Natural Resources Program (OANRP) Natural Resource Management (NRM) crew. Assists the Natural Resource Field Supervisor in directing, supervising, and assigning work to OANRP staff. Assists in developing direct reports by instruction for increased proficiency in abilities, skills, and knowledge in relation to job duties/responsibilities and pre-determined standards. Plans, designs, and implements office and/or field work cooperatively with the Natural Resource Field Supervisor and Army Natural Resources Management staff. Assists the Natural Resources Field Supervisor in daily risk assessments, safety fire drills, safety observations, and regular reviews of and compliance with Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs). Plans, designs, and implements office and field work cooperatively with Army Natural Resource Management staff to meet program goals for the Makua Implementation Plan (MIP) and Oahu Implementation Plan (OIP), and to keep the Army in compliance with Biological Opinions. Assists in reporting on progress in reports and via oral presentations to groups, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Army Biologist and Natural Resource Manager, other partners, and OANRP managers. With direction from the Natural Resource Field Supervisor collaborates with OANRP Managers and Coordinators in the field and office to plan restoration actions, identify project needs, and develop reports on efforts. Coordinates with outside researchers and other agency partner staff. Assists management     staff in developing innovative monitoring techniques, threat control methods, and more efficient work practices Requires riding in helicopters and driving off-road. Works in areas with Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) with professional Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) supervision. Requires camping in remote areas and rugged terrain for up to four (4) days at a time.


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biological Science, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science with basic or related biology courses, or a related field.  EXPERIENCE:  Two to four (2-4) years of experience working with biological resources in Hawai‘i including: invasive plant monitoring and control, invasive animal monitoring and threat control, endangered species reintroduction, ecosystem monitoring and restoration, data recording, GIS data management, and biological database experience. To include experience in networking and collaborating with diverse groups. 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:  Knowledge of and expertise in monitoring techniques for vegetation communities, rare and invasive plants, and vertebrate and invertebrates. Knowledge of and expertise in endangered plants and animals in Hawai‘i and rare plant reintroduction and collection techniques. Knowledge of and expertise in herbicide use (safety protocols, mixing, transport, application, and storage). Knowledge of and expertise in weed control techniques for the most common forest weeds in Hawai‘i. Knowledge of incipient and common weeds and common native plants in Hawai‘i. Knowledge of and expertise in small vertebrate and ungulate control methods. Knowledge of risk assessments and safety planning. Strong organizational ability to plan and execute logistically complex field operations. Strong ability to solve logistical problems and problems related to natural resource management. Ability to lead a field crew and work as a team member for safe and efficient field operations. Ability to organize biological data and present findings in written and oral reports. Familiarity with biological database application and maintenance. Ability to use computer programs, including but not limited to: Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint or other presentation software; software for statistical analysis and graphing; and ArcGIS or other  geospatial database software. Ability to use maps, compasses, and GPS units to navigate in the field. 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. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to pass a Department of Defense (DoD) security check for employment as an Army contractor. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to unclassified information. Must be able to complete helicopter safety courses within six (6) months from date of hire. Must be able to obtain State of Hawai‘i Certification for Application of Restricted Use Pesticides within six (6) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must possess Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain the certificate following the training provided within three (3) months from date of hire) and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must complete Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Training within six (6) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment. If selected for chainsaw use must be able to complete chainsaw training within twelve (12) months from date of hire. If selected for rope work must complete rope work training course within twelve (12) months from date of hire, and maintain throughout duration of employment. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Able and willing to conduct work under dirty, muddy, rainy or sunny, hot or cold, and strenuous outdoor conditions (e.g. extreme weather, mosquitoes, steep terrain). Able to hike up to six (6) miles per day, with a backpack weighing up to thirty-five (35) pounds unassisted, and camp in remote areas and rugged terrain for up to four (4) days at a 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:  Education and experience in programs managing rare and endangered species and ecosystems on Army lands in Hawai‘i. Knowledge of Department of the Army natural resources programs in general and the policies and organizational contexts within which they are managed, especially safety and logistical requirements necessary to plan field operations around Army training schedules. Knowledge of Federal, State, and local environmental laws. Familiarity with integrative techniques used to inventory, assess, and monitor natural resource assets, environmental impacts and their interrelationships. Familiarity with biological database application and maintenance. 


INQUIRIES:  David Hoppe-Cruz 384-3983 (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)956-7262 or (808)956-0872. 


CLOSING DATE:  March 17, 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

    February 25, 2021
  • Closing Date

    March 17, 2021
  • Organization

  • Location

    Location of Opportunity
  • Position Type

    Full Time
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