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Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project

Vacancy announcement:  The Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project is currently looking for a motivated, independent and reliable person to assist with Text Box: Photo-Koa Matsuokathe post-release monitoring of endangered Palila (Loxioides bailleui) on Mauna Kea.

Experience:  Previous experience working with and identifying Hawaiian forest birds, survey and monitoring techniques and the use of radio telemetry are preferred.  Experience and knowledge of Hawaiian forest ecosystems and wildlife preferred. Ability to work independently and unsupervised in remote locations highly regarded.

Duties:  Assist in the tracking, identifying and monitoring of all released Palila in relation to the 2019 Palila Release.  Assist in gathering, preparing and maintaining supplemental foods for released palila.  Assist in maintaining the condition of aviary structures.  Maintain and deploy predator control system consisting of numerous trapping techniques, including live traps, body grip/kill traps, snap traps, auto reload, doc250, snares and cage/coral for the control of feral cats, mongoose, rats, and ungulates) as part of the endangered species recovery program.  Conduct habitat surveys.   Work with field staff or independently.   Take detailed field notes and records, reviews game camera footage and records findings into prepared database.  Record and report observations of population densities and/or estimates.  May, on occasion work with minors so will be required to pass a background check.  Experience with 4x4 vehicles a plus and can operate vehicles with manual or automatic transmissions.  Position based out of Hilo/Waimea.   Reports to MKFRP project coordinator C.Kalā Asing

 Compensation: $3000-$3600 month (depending on background experience) for 20 weeks.  This is as a temporary hire with RCUH/PCSU and position duration will be from Jan-May. 

Contact: Send resume to: Applications close November 15 2019


For more information about Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project and this opportunity please visit our website at, contact us at 8089601801 or via email at

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