Become part of Hawaii’s conservation story

Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.


The staff and facilities on TNC’s Palmyra Preserve supports scientific research by TNC, the USFWS, and world-renowned research institutions.  Staff are hired on a seasonal basis for approximately 3 months at a time to operate the Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Laboratory support facilities.  Board and lodging are provided while on-island.

The successful candidate must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Passport with an expiration date later than your term of employment, proof of a physical examination showing good health and a current tetanus vaccination. 


If you have a personal passion for conserving and protecting the natural world with a belief in The Nature Conservancy’s mission, then please go to and apply online with cover letter & resume to Job #49282.  Please explain how you meet the minimum qualifications listed.  The application deadline is open till December 31, 2021 at Midnight EDT. 


The Maintenance Technician is responsible for upkeep, maintenance and repairs of all facilities and supports laboratory operations.  These facilities include buildings, roads, a runway; water treatment facilities, a wastewater treatment wetland, and a 75kw photovoltaic grid with battery and generator backup. The position is also responsible for preventative vehicle maintenance including rust abatement and painting and miscellaneous troubleshooting on all vehicles and heavy equipment such as tractors and backhoe. Will monitor and maintain renewable energy hybrid microgrid consisting of solar P.V., battery storage, back diesel generator and wind turbine generator.   Responsible for tracking and maintaining inventory of necessary parts and materials for maintenance operations using Excel software.  Responsible for daily cleaning and maintenance of selected facilities and any other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma and 4 years direct experience maintaining facilities or equipment with applied knowledge in electrical, mechanical, plumbing, refrigeration, or basic carpentry.
  • Experience performing basic preventative maintenance of mechanical equipment and engines.
  • Experience driving and operating heavy machinery such as a tractor.
  • Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g., lawn mower, power tools, chainsaw)
  • Experience with one of the following: basic maintenance of water and waste systems or energy systems, preferably photovoltaic, battery storage, and diesel generators
  • Ability to perform work that requires physical mobility and ability to lift up to 50 lbs., including climbing tall ladders, working on roofs and small cramped spaces.
  • Have previously been CPR/First Aid Certified and willing and capable of obtaining current certification.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Excel and Word; ability to use email to communicate and ability to maintain inventory of parts and supplies in Excel.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.


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