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Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), located in Hilo, 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:  Develops research and management goals and strategies to assess and control avian disease. Coordinates and supervises field teams for field research and management projects. Directs, supervises, and assigns work to staff (2 FTEs), interns, and volunteers. Coordinates logistics for field operations.  Conducts fieldwork and monitors the prevalence of mosquitoes and avian malaria. Manages data collection on population and disease ecology of native forest birds. Tracks budgets and expenses, and provides grant reports.  Assists in preparation of grant proposals and seeks funding to support research and management activities.  Identifies and obtains project support in collaboration with Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS), and funding agencies. Recruits full-time staff, seasonal staff, interns and volunteers. Procures equipment, assures maintenance of project vehicles and care of project equipment. Manages data entry and database. Writes reports for funders and partners. Conducts data analysis and drafting of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at meetings. Attends working group meetings.

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biological Sciences, Natural Resource Management, or related field.  EXPERIENCE:  At least two (2) years of experience conducting ecological field research.  Experience must include at least one (1) year experience supervising or overseeing staff. Experience must include passerine bird banding (mist-netting, handling and blood sampling) or invertebrate surveys. Experience must include experience in project management and administration.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Knowledge in the principles and techniques of conservation biology, avian disease ecology, entomology, and conservation management. Knowledge of invertebrate sampling techniques or bird mist-netting operations. Knowledge of management principles including, but not limited to, supervising/developing employees, EEO, workplace safety, corrective/disciplinary actions, and administration of policies and procedures. Excellent organizational and leadership skills. Excellent communications skills, both orally and in writing. Ability to organize, lead, and train others, including  volunteers.  Ability to keep records and prepare reports. Proficient in Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). 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. 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 automatic transmission. Post Offer/Employment Conditions:  Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR or Wilderness First Aid (or be able to obtain and maintain 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 (A100) within six (6) months from date of hire.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must be able to hike, backpack, camp, and work effectively and safely in remote and rugged areas for up to ten (10) days at a time under inclement weather conditions, while carrying heavy packs of up to forty (40) 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:  Experience in database design and management. Experience with Hawaiian flora and fauna. 

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)956-7262 or (808)956-0872. 

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.


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