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CLOSING DATE:  November 23, 2023, or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first). 

(2) Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences (PEPS), located in Oahu, 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:  $4,263/Mon.  

DUTIES:  Directs and participates in field operations necessary to implement action plans into appropriate on-the-ground accomplishments. Oversees, trains, and works in the field with a field crew and/or volunteers to monitor, eradicate, or control coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB) populations in Hawai`i. Schedules and implements field work. Plans site control strategies, contacts businesses or residents at targeted locations, and leads the crew’s control efforts. Uses hand tools and CRB traps in field control efforts. Keeps precise daily records of all field efforts. Prepares progress reports and submits all data and findings in a timely fashion. Public or residential contact will be required to schedule access and to maintain positive relations with landowners. Ensures strict adherence by entire field crew team to established protocols for preventing the spread of CRB or other invasive species. Follows and adheres to all safety and operational guidelines and ensures crew compliance. Tracks inventory, supplies and equipment needs, and maintains equipment used. Requires a flexible work schedule including occasional early morning, late-night,  and weekend work. Paid travel to neighboring islands may be necessary up to five (5) days per month with an overnight stay.

EDUCATION: Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college or at least two (2) years (achieved at least forty-eight (48) credit hours) of college level coursework in Ecology, Entomology, Agriculture, or related coursework. (High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent and at least two (2) years of work experience in invasive species control, insect field work, may substitute for an Associate’s Degree.).
EXPERIENCE: Up to one (0-1) year of experience in agriculture or forestry field activities relating to entomology or invasive species control or natural resources management.
KNOWLEDGE: Basic knowledge of entomology and the threats that invasive species, such as the CRB, pose to Hawai‘i. Knowledge of  roads, geography, and culture on Oahu and work areas across Hawai`i.
ABILITIES & SKILLS: Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to read maps and aerial photographs and document work digitally and physically. Ability and experience working with small, mechanized equipment.  Ability to train others. Computer and tablet proficient. Microsoft Excel and Word competent. 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 federal background check and obtain credentials to access military facilities within three (3) months from date or hire and maintain throughout duration of employment.  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 pesticide safety course within twelve (12) 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 the UH Information Security Awareness Training (ISAT) within two (2) weeks from date of hire, and re-certify every twelve (12) months.  
PHYSICAL/MEDICAL DEMANDS: Ability to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds unassisted. Ability to perform physical labor outdoors for up to eight (8) hours a day. Ability to work in undeveloped areas and rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions.
POLICY/REGULATORY REQUIREMENT: 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.).  

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biology, Botany, Resource Management, and Environmental Studies or a related field. One to two (1-3) years of leadership or supervisory experience. Volunteer or internship experiences are acceptable. Experience with control of invasive species in Hawai‘i; with pesticides; computer literacy; and specific knowledge of Hawaiian flora and fauna. Ability to use geographic information systems and databases to organize and analyze spatial data.

INQUIRIES:  Dr. Michael Melzer (808) 956-7887 (Oahu).  

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.


  • Posted On

    November 17, 2023
  • Closing Date

    November 23, 2023
  • Organization

  • Location

    Oʻahu, HI
  • Position Type

    Full Time
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