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CLOSING DATE:  September 29, 2023.

INQUIRIES:  Michael Waring 808-518-5960 (Maui).

Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position. 

Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), working in support of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), Forest Management Section, located in 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. 

MONTHLY SALARY:  $3,000/Mon. 

DUTIES:  Assists with controlling vegetation for firebreak and fuelbreak maintenance. Participates regularly in field operations, including monitoring native ecosystems, controlling feral animal populations, building and maintaining fence lines, controlling alien plant invasions using chemical and mechanical means, and restoring native vegetation. Drives project vehicles to access field. Loads, unloads, aims, and shoots airguns from a variety of body positions in authorized project-related research or wildlife control programs. Performs these functions in a safe manner in varying environments and weather conditions. Disassembles, cleans, inspects and reassembles airguns. Maintains airguns and related equipment in a proper, functional, and safe manner. Implements protocol to prevent seed dispersal, follows decontamination protocols, and conducts all operations according to accepted safety standards and established protocols. Keeps accurate and detailed records of daily work. Operates a Global Positioning System (GPS) and downloads GPS units. Inputs and updates data and assists with the production of maps and other materials to guide daily field activities. Assists with maintenance of project baseyard, vehicles, and equipment/field gear, including proper storage of herbicides. Contributes to creating and preserving a positive work environment and serves as a valued member of the field team. Requires a flexible work schedule including early morning and late night hours and occasional weekends. 



High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.


Up to one (0-1) year of experience in field activities related to natural resources management.


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 mechanical/chemical control techniques for all target species.


Good oral and written communication skills. Ability to read maps and aerial photographs and document work. Ability and experience working with small, mechanized equipment (chainsaws, etc.).  Basic computer skills. Ability to accurately collect and store data for target species survey and control activities. Ability to appropriately explain project objectives to the public. Ability to identify common native Hawaiian plants and common introduced weed species. Excellent coordination skills. 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 manual transmission. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR or be able to obtain and maintain the certificate throughout duration of employment. Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course (A100) within six (6) 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.


Ability to backpack, lift, and carry up to 50 pounds unassisted. Ability to hike and camp in remote areas and rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions, for up to five (5) consecutive days. Regular overnight travel to other field sites, which may involve camping for up to four (4) nights, may be required. Daily exposure to adverse conditions, including extreme heat/cold, heavy rainfall, and mosquitoes is common. Must not be acrophobic (afraid of heights).


As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies, procedures, and trainings and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies, procedures, and trainings.  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.). 


Experience working in and around helicopters and using pesticides. Field experience in an active resource management program to protect ecosystems in Hawai‘i or elsewhere, especially in the control of noxious/invasive species. Experience using handheld GPS units and ArcGIS software. Ability to make sound planning and logistical decisions in the field. Ability to identify a wide variety of native and alien plants/animals.

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. Please visit for more information on RCUH’s Benefits for eligible employees.


RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



  • Posted On

    September 15, 2023
  • Closing Date

    September 29, 2023
  • Organization

  • Location

    Maui, HI
  • Position Type

    Full Time
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