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CLOSING DATE:  January 16, 2024, or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first). INQUIRIES:  Kira Yamashita at or 808-200-9554 (Oahu). 

Regular, Full-Time, Limited-Term (not to exceed twelve (12) months in duration), RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the College of Social Sciences, Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Primary work location will be at the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) office on O‘ahu. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 

MONTHLY SALARY:  $4,833.33/Mon.  

DUTIES:  Works with the HCRI Hawaiian Language Specialist to identify and fulfill Hawaiian language, culture, and history needs for the various projects within each program. Reviews documents (e.g., management plans, permits, presentations, island profiles, etc.) for accuracy of Hawaiian cultural and historical references. Develops culturally relevant outreach and other material in English and/or Hawaiian in conjunction with the specialist. Advises DAR staff on identifying key stakeholders to ensure the Native Hawaiian community is represented in community scoping and consultation on various DAR projects. Engages in outreach to the Native Hawaiian community to build trust and foster a productive working relationship. Drives to meetings. Provides inter-divisional and/or inter-agency support within the Department and with other state agencies (e.g. ‘Aha Moku, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, etc.) to ensure Native Hawaiian and culturally sensitive issues are properly addressed in a timely manner. Works with DAR staff to identify and carry out rulemaking initiatives for enhancing protections for traditional and customary practices and cultural resources. Works with the specialist to develop in reach materials and activities for DAR staff and conducts training to increase relevant baseline knowledge of Hawaiian language, culture, and history. Works with DAR and the specialist to create a cultural handbook and other reference materials for staff. Ability to travel to the neighbor islands (including using car rentals) for meetings at short notice as needed. Ability to attend weekend and after-hours travel for meetings. 



Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Hawaiian culture, Hawaiian language or related field including at least two (2) years of coursework or training in Hawaiian culture or language. (Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college in Hawaiian culture or Hawaiian language or related field including at least two (2) years of coursework or training in Hawaiian culture or language and two (2) years of relevant work, OR High School Diploma or G. E. D. equivalent and four (4) years of relevant work may substitute for a Bachelor’s Degree.).


Five to seven (5-7) years of progressively responsible work experience in a relevant field that includes working with a variety of stakeholders or community members in Hawai‘i related to aquatic resources.  Experience working collaboratively with and conducting outreach to Native Hawaiian communities. Experience in monitoring, assessing, or researching and evaluating programs or projects for the purpose of formulating recommendations to enhance or improve requirements, rules, or methods of a program or plan.


Strong knowledge of Hawaiian history and culture. Familiarity with Hawaiian language, cultural resources, practices, protocols, and culturally sensitive issues. Familiarity with public education, outreach techniques, or cross-cultural communication. Familiar with Hawai‘i’s aquatic resource rules, regulations, and best practices. Knowledge and understanding of local nearshore fishing practices and culture.


Ability to articulate Hawaiian culture. Demonstrated ability to speak clearly and produce clear and comprehensive reports and other written documents requiring minimal review and editing, and using correct grammar and mechanics; read, comprehend, and analyze complex texts (e.g., laws, regulations, and policies) and resolve problems of a complex nature rationally and methodically. Ability to tailor information to target audiences. Demonstrated ability to work well in a fast-paced, flexible environment under limited supervision. Ability to apply ingenuity to generate new insights into situations and draft recommendations for new procedures where existing methods are inappropriate or unavailable. Ability to recognize when information is required, collect data from appropriate sources, arrange information to enhance evaluation and decision-making processes. Proficient in Microsoft Office. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Ability to meet changing priorities and responsibilities and complete assignments on a timely basis. Must be a self-starter, goal-oriented, and highly organized. Ability to work with diverse user groups, cultures, and personalities. Must possess an understanding of the social and cultural environment of the locality. Ability to be a positive team player. Ability to remain resilient under varying circumstances while effectively meeting deadlines. Ability to be flexible with changing aspects and needs of job. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers, staff from other government agencies, stakeholders, and the general public. Ability to work independently and to prioritize tasks. 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. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to complete the UH Information Security Awareness Training (ISAT) within two (2) weeks from date of hire, and re-certify every twelve (12) months. 


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.). 


Familiarity with key stakeholders and organizations in the Native Hawaiian community. Familiarity with natural resource management in Hawaiʻi. Experience creating, editing, and proofreading documents in Hawaiian or English for historical and cultural accuracy.

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

    December 1, 2023
  • Closing Date

    January 16, 2024
  • Organization

  • Location

    DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR)
  • Position Type

    Full Time
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