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Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU) Kauai Invasive Species Committee (KISC) project, located in Kapaa, Kauai.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 


MONTHLY SALARY:  Salary commensurate with qualifications. 


DUTIES:  Translates the Strategic Action Plan and guidance by the KISC Chairperson or designee into appropriate action.  Under oversight of the KISC Chairperson or designee, manages KISC field operations.  Leads, supervises, and works with a team toward eradication/control of invasive alien plant and animal species targeted in the KISC strategic plan.  Augments paid staff efforts with effective assistance from volunteers and work-training programs.  Assures favorable public relations and quality control of action by the team.  Obtains necessary permission from landowners prior to action by the crew.  Establishes and implements protocols to prevent seed dispersal. Assures that information on treated/controlled plants and animals are kept in project records.  Evaluates data and transmits it periodically to an appropriate KISC-designated repository for archiving and updating of Global Information System maps.  Works with funding agencies to identify and obtain financial support for projects. Writes proposals to various agencies for funding. Gives presentations and communicates with funding agencies, partners, and the public.  Prepares and tracks budgets and expenses.  Prepares substantive written periodic progress reports for KISC and funding sources, annual report, press releases, and technical reports.  Attends Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS), KISC, and all Invasive Species Committee (ISC) meetings. Participates in outreach with community groups and with minors.  


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Resources Management or related field (e.g. Biology, Botany, Forestry, or Geography).  (A minimum of two (2) years (e.g., 48 credit hours) of college-level coursework at an accredited college or university plus a minimum of five (5) years of administrative/managerial experience may substitute for Bachelor’s Degree).  EXPERIENCE:  Two to four (2-4) years of experience in project management involving planning, scheduling, internal/external relations, and administration.  Two to four (2-4) years of paid supervisory or leadership experience and attendance in supervisory training programs.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Knowledge of how to implement a natural resource-related project. Knowledge of the environmental, economic, and human impacts of invasive species.  Excellent organizational, leadership supervision, and demonstrated ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.  Must have strong public speaking skills.  Ability to read maps and aerial photographs and use Geographic Positioning Systems (GPS). Advanced computer skills using programs such as ArcView, Microsoft Office including spreadsheets, and database (MS Access) management. Ability to work with small-mechanized equipment.  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 (A100) course within six (6) months of hire.  Must be able to obtain and maintain State of Hawai‘i Certification for Application of Restricted Use Pesticides within twelve (12) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must be able to conduct fieldwork which includes exposure to heat, mosquitoes, difficult terrain, and adverse weather conditions. Ability to do cross-country foot travel and helicopter travel.  Ability to lift and carry up to forty (40) pounds unassisted. 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:  Demonstrated experience in grant preparation and fundraising.  Familiarity with tropical and subtropical ecosystem and landscape. Knowledge of the Hawaiian environment and the threats from incipient alien plant and animal invasions.  


INQUIRIES:  Michelle Miyata 956-9512 (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) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) 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:  August 25, 2017. 


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

    August 5, 2017
  • Closing Date

    August 25, 2017
  • Organization

  • Location

    Location of Opportunity
  • Position Type

    Full Time
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