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Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Mauna Kahalawai Watershed Partnership (MKWP), located in Wailuku/Lahaina Districts with offices in Lahaina, Maui, Hawai‘i. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 




DUTIES:  Serves as a field crewmember building and maintaining fence lines, controlling feral animal populations, locating and controlling alien plant invasions using mechanical and chemical means, and monitoring native vegetation/ecosystem recovery. Drives project vehicles to conduct fence monitoring, construction, repair, feral animal control, and alien plan control tasks. Work will focus on the protection of the native Hawaiian forest and related water resources within approximately 50,000 acres of forested watershed in the West Maui Mountains. Majority of the work will be performed in remote locations and will require the ability to backpack up to twelve (12) miles over rough terrain or thick unmarked trail conditions with loads up to fifty (50) pounds, camp out in remote areas under extreme conditions for up to one (1) week at a time. Fieldwork requires working with herbicides, working in and around helicopters, and occasional rappelling. Records detailed field data and spatial information and inputs data into Global Positioning System (GPS) and computer systems. Maintains field equipment, tracks supply inventories, and assists with public relations and education activities as assigned, which may require work on weekends. This is a progression job, all new hires enter at Level I and will be promoted to Level II based on satisfactory work performance, demonstrated competence on job skills/requirements, and operational needs. 


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.  EXPERIENCE:  Progression job with minimum experience requirements for Level I, and combination of experience and demonstrated competence and abilities for Level II. It will assume the employee to start at Level I (unless justified and qualified to start at a higher level). Up to one (0-1) year of experience in field activities related to natural resources management.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Basic knowledge of Hawaiian biota/natural history and threats from incipient alien plant and animal invasions in Hawai‘i. Knowledge of field activities relating to natural resources management. Knowledge of identification of common native Hawaiian plants and common introduced weed species. Ability to operate power tools including chainsaws, weed eaters, generators, chipper, etc. Ability to communicate orally and in writing and to comprehend complex verbal and written instructions. Ability to use a compass and other navigation tools and to read and navigate with topographic maps and aerial photos. Ability to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle. 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 Conditions: Must be able to pass a post offer criminal background check. 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 be able to complete basic helicopter safety course within six (6) months and external load training with (12) months from date of hire. Must be able to complete off highway vehicle training within (12) months. Must be able to complete rappelling training within twelve (12) 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. Must be able to complete chainsaw training within twelve (12) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment. A well-qualified employee hired at Level I must meet all Post Offer/Employment Conditions and Secondary Qualifications before said employee can advance to Level II. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must not be acrophobic (afraid of heights). Must be able to fly by helicopter to remote locations, hike, and rappel on or near vertical terrain that could change up to 5,788 feet in a day. Ability to hike and camp in remote areas and rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions at high elevations (up to 6,000 feet), for up to seven (7) consecutive days. Ability to backpack, lift, and carry 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:  Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college or college courses in Natural Sciences. Fieldwork with emphasis on feral animal and alien plant control with a land management agency. Previous fence building or construction experience. Familiarity with computers, data entry, and use of GPS units. Experience working in and around helicopters and using herbicides to control weedy vegetation. Rappelling experience.


INQUIRIES:  Chris Brosius 281-2853 (Maui). 


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)956-7262 or (808)956-0872. 


CLOSING DATE:  August 10, 2021. 


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

    July 20, 2021
  • Closing Date

    August 10, 2021
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  • Position Type

    Full Time
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