Become part of Hawaii’s conservation story

Are you passionate about native flora and fauna in Hawaiʻi? Are you interested in living in a small, friendly community with history and connection to the land? While Lānaʻi has experienced many years of habitat degradation (like most of the Hawaiian Islands), there are still amazing native species and populations worth protecting, including significant populations of endangered Hawaiian petrels, endangered koʻoloaʻula (Abutilon menziesii), and other species of plants and animals endemic only to Lānaʻi. 
Pūlama Lānaʻi ( is hiring a Plant Conservation Program Manager to lead our plant conservation program, including habitat restoration, rare plant, biosecurity inspections, incipient invasive species control, and weed management work. Learn more about some of the work our team has done in videos here: 
This is a permanent, salaried (exempt) position with vacation time, insurance, and benefits. Our department has dynamic responsibilities that allow opportunities for growth as programs and priorities develop. Assistance finding housing on Lānaʻi may be possible. Vehicle for personal use not provided.
To apply, please email cover letter and resume to or visit the Pūlama Lānaʻi careers website to view the full job description and apply online. *Applications will be reviewed as they come in, so please apply asap.
If you have any questions about the positions, please email
Number of Vacancy(ies): 1 Full Time (exempt)
Location: Lāna`i City
RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Plant Conservation Program Manager is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Pūlama Lāna‘i Conservation Department’s Plant Conservation Program. Areas of emphasis include habitat restoration strategies and plans, management and enhancement of native flora communities; non-native vegetation management, including incipient invasive species and weed control; recovery of state and federally-listed threatened and endangered (T&E) species, as well as common but rare-on-island varieties; biosecurity and surveillance for new invasive species; technical representation on behalf of Pūlama Lāna‘i for plant-related concerns; and advancing the various departmental objectives related to the native and non-native flora of Lāna‘i. 

In consultation with Conservation Department leadership, the Plant Conservation Program Manager is responsible for planning, development, prioritization, implementation, and management of habitat restoration and plant conservation programs on Lāna‘i. The Plant Conservation Manager prepares plans, resource needs and operating budgets, determines programs priorities, conducts on-the-ground field work, prepares grant proposals, and develops policies and procedures for the Department’s Plant Conservation Program. The Plant Conservation Manager is also responsible for building and enhancing community, partner, and constituency group relationships, including, but not limited to, nursery; horticulture and agriculture groups; County, State, and Federal agencies; non-governmental organizations; community organizations; and other relevant associations. The position also handles sensitive information and performs administrative duties associated with habitat and plant conservation concerns, including compliance with regulatory and permit conditions. 

REQUIREMENTS (see full list online): Must have Bachelor's degree in natural resources, plant conservation, biology, environmental science, habitat restoration, or a similar field with a strong background in native Hawaiian flora, and at least 3 years of work in Natural Resource Management. Graduate degree preferred. Strong leadership, team building, and written/verbal communication skills. Must have knowledge and experience with Hawaiʻi's flora, fauna, and culture. Must have knowledge of botanical surveying and monitoring techniques, including weed assessments. Must be able to identify key plant species and determine appropriate management and recovery actions. Must be willing to work irregular hours, and serve on-call, to assist in other program areas. Must be able to work in remote field conditions, steep (but beautiful) terrain, and inclement weather. Must be able to drive 4-wheel drive vehicles. Must have (or be able to obtain) valid Hawai‘i Driver’s License and be able to successfully complete Motor Vehicle Record review. Must be able to use computers, GPS, tablets, and other electronic devices and software. Must be willing to fly in and work around helicopters. Ability to hike over uneven terrain for up to 7 miles while carrying a pack daily.
View all open positions at Pūlama Lānaʻi here.


  • Posted On

    April 17, 2023
  • Closing Date

    November 30, 2023
  • Organization

    Pūlama Lānaʻi
  • Location

    Lānaʻi City
  • Position Type

    Full Time
For more information about Pūlama Lānaʻi and this opportunity please visit our website at, contact us at 8085630013 or via email at

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