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Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit.  (3) Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Kauai Natural Area Reserves Program, located in Lihue, 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:  $2,570/Mon. 

DUTIES:  Monitors and controls non-native invasive vertebrates including feral cats, rats, mice, barn owls, and feral pigs in the remote and rugged Hono O Na Pali (HONP) Natural Area Reserve and other State and Federal lands along the Na Pali coast. Works under the direction of the HONP Seabird Mitigation Predator Control Project Coordinator and the HONP Seabird Mitigation Project Associate. Performs basic construction tasks and simple maintenance on tools and vehicles. Operates equipment such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS), handheld radios, cameras, etc. Operates 4-wheel drive (4WD) trucks or All-Terrain Vehicles. Collects various data in the field and enters data into computers. Assists in the preparation of simple maps and other tasks related to keeping accurate records of the fieldwork accomplished.  Lives and works in primitive conditions for up to ten (10) days at a time. Provides supplemental information on distribution and breeding success rates of endangered seabirds within the study areas and occasionally assists with seabird monitoring work, as needed. Loads, unloads, aims, and fires handguns, shotguns, rifles and other RCUH-authorized firearms from a variety of body positions in authorized project-related research or wildlife control programs. 

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.  EXPERIENCE:  At least two (2) years of work experience related to resource management or agriculture with a land management agency, company, or with the military relating to field operations. (One (1) year of college-level coursework from an accredited college or university in a related discipline (i.e., Biology, Zoology, or related Natural Science) may substitute for one (1) year of experience).  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Knowledge of native Hawaiian flora and fauna and threats from alien species.  Working knowledge of the principles of ecology and wildlife biology. Working knowledge of safe use of firearms.  Ability to use compass, map, and GPS. Ability to take detailed field notes and develop systems for data collection. Ability to lead volunteers and to coordinate field projects and data collection. Ability to safely apply herbicides. Ability to hunt feral animals using firearms, traps, and other prescribed methods. Ability to communicate well orally.  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 Condition: Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR or be able to obtain and maintain the certificate prior to use of firearms on the job (whichever comes first) and maintain certification throughout duration of employment. Must be able to pass state and federal criminal history/record background check at initial hire, at change of job requiring use of firearms and annually, which legally enables possession and use of firearms and ammunition throughout duration of employment. Must obtain and maintain National Rifle Association or National Park Service firearms training (or other comparable training) and State of Hawai‘i/DLNR Hunter Education Training Program firearms certification. As a condition of employment, all certifications must be obtained and maintained as specified by the certifying agency or as required by state and federal laws. Failure to pass the firearms qualification requirements may be grounds for disqualification of part or all of the job duties. Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety (A100) 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.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Ability to camp in remote areas and rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions for up to ten (10) consecutive days.  Ability to hike up to twelve (12) miles on irregular terrain with backpacks weighing up to fifty (50) 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:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biology, Natural Resources Management, Wildlife Management, or Environmental Science with basic/related biology courses. Fieldwork with emphasis on feral cat trapping and control with a land management agency or a county, State, or Federal program. Previous experience monitoring endangered Hawaiian seabirds. Experience using remote cameras to monitor threats to endangered seabirds. Experience working in and around helicopters. Experience in identification of native Hawaiian plants and animals and non-native plants. Handyman skills. 

INQUIRIES:  Kyle Pias (860) 912-4951 (Kauai). 

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)956-8344 or (808)956-0872. 

CLOSING DATE:  October 29, 2018. 

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

    October 10, 2018
  • Closing Date

    October 29, 2018
  • Organization

  • Location

    Lihue, Kauai
  • Position Type

    Full Time
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