Become part of Hawaii’s conservation story


CLOSING DATE: December 1, 2023.

INQUIRIES:  Edith Adkins (808) 315-5101 (Hawai‘i). 

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

Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Nāpuʻu Natural Resources Management (NNRM): Habitat Conservation Plan for Game Management in Puʻu Waʻawaʻa and Puʻu Anahulu, located on the island of Hawaiʻi. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 


DUTIES:  Participates in a wide variety of activities associated with the NNRM and the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) at the Puʻu Waʻawaʻa State Forest Reserve (PWW) and Puʻu Anahulu Game Management Area (PGMA). Assists with fencing construction for new and improved conservation units. Conducts feral pig, sheep, and goat control (game drives) and monitoring activities. Assists with ungulate density and abundance surveys using a variety of estimation methods. Walks and/or drives miles of rugged terrain to monitor and repair fences. Travels via helicopter to access field sites when necessary. Conducts alien plant monitoring and control in the project area. Controls alien plants using mechanical and chemical methods. Conducts surveys of alien-plant monitoring sites and records and maps locations of alien plants using Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Maintains predator (feral dogs, cats, and mongoose) control traps within the Plan Area as part of the endangered species protection program. Collects accurate, detailed data on captures, location, and trap nights. Conducts data entry and assists with analysis of data. Collects seeds, maintains greenhouse plants, and prepares and plants native tropical dry and mixed mesic forest species. Prepares restoration sites within the project area by removing non-native plants with pesticides, power tools, hand tools, and other methods. Monitors survivorship and performance of outplants and natural regeneration. Collects accurate and detailed data using GPS and field notes. Assists with coordinating volunteers and interns, and works with other field technicians to conduct resource management work. Adapts to changing plans and communicates observations and ideas to supervisors to help develop solutions to new and on-going challenges faced in implementing project goals. Work schedule may vary but is typically four (4), ten (10)-hour days, but must be willing to work occasional weekends or five (5)-day workweeks. 



High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.


At least one (1) year of field experience working in natural resource management or a closely related field in Hawai‘i. (At least one (1) year of college level coursework from an accredited college or university in a related discipline (e.g., Biology, Zoology, or related Natural Science) may substitute for the experience requirement.).


Knowledge of native Hawaiian flora and fauna and threats from alien species. Working knowledge of natural resource management practices.


Ability to use compasses, maps, and GPS hand- held units to navigate in remote areas. Ability to take detailed field notes and collect data. Good verbal and written communication skills. Ability to safely  apply  pesticides.  Ability  to  construct,  maintain, and repair ungulate exclusion fences. Ability to use power tools. Ability to lead volunteers and to coordinate field projects and data collection. 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 possess the American Red Cross 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 be able to complete basic helicopter safety course within six (6) months from date of hire. Must complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals. Must be able to complete chainsaw training within twelve (12) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment.


Ability to lift and carry up to sixty (60) pounds on irregular, unmarked terrain, often under adverse physical conditions in remote areas. Must be able to hike with a backpack up to twelve (12) miles over rough terrain, rough lava, open pasture, thick and dry forests, through thick vegetation, or unmarked trails, and camp in remote areas under inclement and climatically extreme conditions for up to five (5) consecutive days.


As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies, procedures, and trainings and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies, procedures, and trainings.  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.). 


Experience in identification of and knowledge of threatened and endangered Hawaiian dry forest plant and bird species. Experience with use of Global Information Systems (GIS). Experience with creating and maintaining fire fuel breaks. Familiarity with PWW and PGMA.

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. Please visit for more information on RCUH’s Benefits for eligible employees.


RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.




  • Posted On

    October 3, 2023
  • Closing Date

    December 1, 2023
  • Organization

  • Location

    Hawaii Island
  • Position Type

    Full Time
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