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Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), performing project tasks on land controlled by the U.S. Navy, located at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), in Kekaha, 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:  Manages, schedules, and coordinates RCUH-PCSU staff in a variety of projects to support the PCSU-PMRF Natural Resources (NR) Program. Coordinates with the Navy NR Section concerning the Integrated Natural Resources Management Program (INRMP) execution with PMRF.   Coordinates with the Navy PMRF NR Manager to manage and develop adaptive management plans of protected species and identifies emergent needs under the Cooperative Agreement. This includes: conducting targeted surveys of protected species on base; capturing, transporting, and releasing Laysan Albatross and their eggs during the nesting season; conducting predator control including feral cat control; implementation of the PMRF Dark Skies Program during the shearwater fledging season.  Manages the day-to-day operation of the PMRF Native Plant Nursery, and acts as a point of contact to plan and coordinate education and outreach events in support of INRMP projects.   Directs, supervises, and assigns work to PCSU/PMRF Predator Control Technician and PCSU/PMRF INRMP Wildlife Technicians (3 FTEs).  Supervises the PCSU-PMRF NR activities to promote conservation of federally protected species and habitat, and presents NR program information.  Ensures all data collected is incorporated into the NR database, and managed and analyzed for the production of reports.  Responsible for overall safety, compliance, and ethics of the PCSU-PMRF NR program. Ensures that all PCSU personnel are adequately trained to carry out their responsibilities. Ensures budgets are adhered to and individual field operations conform to budgets and the implementation plan. Responsible for PCSU-PMRF NR data management and reporting including: quarterly and annual reports, quarterly and annual meetings, production of reports on endangered species findings, and data management systems. May travel oversees to attend biosecurity meetings and NR trainings/workshops.  Acts as an expert available for consultation on natural resources at PMRF. Assists with responding to reports of injured wildlife, potentially outside of core working hours.  May work irregular hours including weekends and evenings. 


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biological Science, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Wildlife Biology, or related field.  EXPERIENCE:  Three to five (3-5) years of experience relevant to managing terrestrial natural resources, wildlife, or environmental resources in Hawai‘i or similar setting. At least one (1) year of experience managing challenges with wildlife and addressing identifying objectives. At least one (1) year of experience managing a project. Experience needs to be well documented and acquired under the employment of an academic institution, governmental agency, private company, or non-profit organization in the appropriate field.  At least three (3) years of supervisory experience. Must have prior experience supervising paid staff and attendance in supervisory training programs.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Working knowledge of natural history relevant to native Hawaiian wildlife, or similar environments.  Working knowledge with native Hawaiian ecosystems, native Hawaiian plants and wildlife, or similar environments.  Proficient knowledge of techniques used to inventory and monitor wildlife, and other natural resource assets, including experimental design and data analysis. Knowledge of rules and regulations relating to field operations, and pertinent laws, regulations, licensing and permitting requirements related to program. Knowledge of management principles including, but not limited to, supervising/developing employees, EEO, workplace safety, corrective/disciplinary actions, and administration of policies and procedures.  Strong organizational ability to plan and execute logistically complex field operations. Strong ability to solve logistical problems and problems related to biological threats. Ability to lead a field crew and work as a team member for safe and efficient field operations.  Ability to establish work standards/expectations and clear direction to meet goals and objectives of ongoing work for direct reports.  Ability to provide guidance, motivate, and engage direct reports through effective communication and leadership.  Ability to assign work and to establish work rules and acceptable levels of quality and quantity of work.  Ability to review work and evaluate performance, and develop required job competencies of direct reports.  Ability to maintain a positive professional attitude in support of a productive work environment.  Must have excellent communication and program management skills.   Ability to organize, schedule, and plan projects.  Ability to record biological data with a global positioning system (GPS) unit.  Ability to work effectively in a complex organizational structure, requiring sound decisions regarding priorities and workload.   Ability to analyze data and present findings and recommendations in written report format.  Ability to estimate costs associated with complex projects and to project budget requirements for future program needs.  Proficient use of Microsoft Office word processing, database, and spreadsheet programs.  Ability to perform basic statistical analysis.  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.  Post Offer/Employment Condition:  Must be able to pass a DoD security check for employment as a Navy contractor. Applicant selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. 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 complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Able and willing to conduct work under strenuous outdoor conditions (e.g., extreme weather, thick brush, and steep terrain) on a secured military base. 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: Experience in programs managing protected species and ecosystems on military lands in Hawai‘i.  Knowledge of the life history of protected species and of operations and mission of PMRF.  Knowledge of Department of the Navy natural resources programs, and the policy, organizational contexts within which they are managed.  Knowledge of programs managing rare and endangered species and ecosystems in Hawai‘i.  Knowledge of techniques used to inventory, assess, and display natural resource assets, environmental impacts, and their interrelationships. 


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) 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:  September 03, 2019. 


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 7, 2019
  • Closing Date

    September 3, 2019
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  • Position Type

    Full Time
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