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.