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Job Summary

(2) Regular, Part-Time (90% FTE), RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences (PEPS), located on 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:  $2,250/Mon. (@ 90% FTE). 

DUTIES:  Conducts field operations to implement established action plans, targeting coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB) for control or eradication.  Fieldwork involves reconnaissance, surveys, and maintenance of CRB traps in natural, urban, and suburban areas.  Fieldwork includes off trail areas where exposure to extreme hot and cold temperatures, heavy rainfall, mosquitoes, and difficult terrain is common.  Implements protocols to prevent CRB (or other invasive species) dispersal, follows decontamination protocols, and conducts all operations according to accepted safety standards and established protocols.  Fieldwork requires the ability to drive project vehicles both on and off road, and possibly handle pesticides.  Keeps accurate and detailed records of survey data and CRB trap placement.  Operates a Global Positioning System (GPS) and downloads GPS units.  Inputs and updates data and produces maps and other materials to guide daily field activities.  Assists with maintenance of equipment/field gear, vehicles, and project baseyard, including proper storage pesticides.  Assists with public relations activities and events and attains favorable public relations with property owners and other members of the public.  Contributes to creating and preserving a positive work environment and serves as a valued member of the field team. 

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Basic knowledge of entomology and the threats that invasive species, such as the CRB, pose to Hawai‘i.  Good oral and written communication skills.  Ability to read maps and aerial photographs and document work.  Ability and experience working with small, mechanized equipment.  Basic computer skills.  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 duration of employment.  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 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 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.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Ability to backpack, lift, and carry up to fifty (50) pounds. Must not suffer from acrophobia (fear of heights).  Ability to hike and camp in remote areas and rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions, for up to five (5) consecutive days. 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.). 

INQUIRIES:  Dr. Michael Melzer 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) 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.

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

    May 16, 2018
  • Closing Date

    May 23, 2018
  • Organization

    Conservation Connections Job Manager
  • Location

    College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
  • Position Type

    Part Time
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