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 Rare Plant Specialist to lead planning, development, and management of rare plant program on Lānaʻi. 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:  Under the supervision and guidance of the Plant Conservation Program leadership, leads execution of the Conservation Department’s rare plant program. The Rare Plant Specialist is responsible for planning, development, and management of rare plant programs on Lānaʻi. The Rare Plant Specialist is also responsible for assisting in the execution of day-to-day operations and on-the-ground field work including but not limited to rare plant monitoring and surveying, fruit/seed collection and support of genetic banking, propagation and outplanting, incipient invasive species monitoring and control, and biosecurity. 

The Rare Plant Specialist prepares plans, resource needs and operating budgets, develops program priorities with supervisors, maintains databases, rare plant permits, and proper reporting, prepares grant proposals, and develops policies and procedures for the Department’s Plant Conservation Program. The Rare Plant Specialist also aids in 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; and other relevant associations. The position also handles sensitive information and performs administrative duties including application, execution, and reporting for rare plant permits.

REQUIREMENTS (see full list online): Combination of experience and education equivalent to a Bachelors of Science in natural resources, plant conservation, biology, environmental science, habitat restoration, or a similar field, with a strong background in native Hawaiian flora. Graduate degree preferred. Must have knowledge and experience with Hawaiʻi's flora, fauna, and culture. Must be able to know or learn species common and scientific names and become familiar with botanical terminology for describing plants. Must be able to make detailed scientific and ecological observations and record accurately, rigorously, and repeatedly. 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 18, 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 808-563-0013 or via email at

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