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College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM), located in Honolulu, 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 RANGE:  $3,467-$6,944/Mon. 


DUTIES:  Coordinates the pueo and waterbird projects for the Price Lab in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management.  This includes coordinating field operations and research, including but not limited to, camera trapping, and banding operations with color bands and VHF (very high frequency) and GPS (global positioning system) transmitters. Collects and compiles a variety of data (nesting data and location)  with team using GIS (geographic information system) and R software.  Participates in the capture of birds using bal-chatri traps, mist nets, noose carpets, or hand-capture methods.  Drives to access field sites.  Conducts statistical analyses, spatial analyses, and GIS analyses.  Prepares reports and maps. Develops written and oral reports, presentations, and manuscripts. Develops science-based recommendations for conservation actions regarding owls and waterbirds. Networks and collaborates with individuals to write up plans and make recommendations to Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i (MCBH). Writes and presents working papers, fact sheets, formal and technical reports, and other materials. Attends off-campus meetings and workshops in Hawai‘i.  Meets with stakeholders and staff. Coordinates meeting logistics with MCBH, State, Federal, and county agencies, scientific community, non-governmental organizations, and community members.  Oversees, mentors, trains, and provides daily guidance to NREM Field Research Technicians, Avian Wildlife Technician, and student staff as needed. 


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Wildlife, Natural Sciences, Environmental Science, or related field.  EXPERIENCE:  Two to four (2-4) years of experience banding birds, including technical writing, statistical and spatial analysis, planning, or other related experience.  Experience must include one to three (1-3) years using VHF and GPS transmitters; attaching transmitters on raptors and waterbirds with different attachment designs, including but not limited to back-pack style harnesses and glue-on transmitters; and walking through wetlands with nesting waterbirds.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Extensive knowledge of bird banding and handling. Comprehensive knowledge of avian handling techniques including removal from mist nets and other traps. Knowledge of GIS databases, applications, and quantitative statistical analyses using R software. Working knowledge of meeting facilitation, and workshop and meeting logistics planning. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  Ability to handle bird banding and skilled with the use of bal-chatri traps, mist nets, noose carpets, or hand-capture methods.  Must be accountable, detail oriented, and adaptable to project needs. Ability to review and identify relevant information from various sources to develop new information (research).  Ability to be an effective communicator to guide people through a process by staying neutral and encouraging open communication. Ability to be an active listener, and ensure objectives are met. Ability to prompt others to think critically and engage issues from multiple, new perspectives. Ability to speak and write clearly. Demonstrated ability to plan and facilitate small and large group meetings. Ability to coordinate dynamic field schedules. Must possess excellent time management skills, interpersonal skills, and be able to manage multiple projects at the same time. 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.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Ability to travel to neighbor islands (including using car rentals) for meetings at short notice. Occasional heavy field work requires walking over wet, rough, uneven or muddy surfaces. Ability to work in hot and humid conditions for long hours. 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:  Familiar with Hawaiʻi's terrestrial flora and fauna. Knowledge of wildlife management principles. Experience working with waterbirds and owls. 


INQUIRIES:  Dr. Melissa Price 956-7774 (Oahu). 


Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position.


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:  May 18, 2020 or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first). 


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

    March 19, 2020
  • Closing Date

    May 18, 2020
  • Organization

  • Location

    Honolulu, HI
  • Position Type

    Full Time
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