Become part of Hawaii’s conservation story


CLOSING DATE:  April 25, 2024. INQUIRIES:  Chauncey Asing 808-960-1801 (Hawai‘i). 

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), Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project, located in Hilo, 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:  $3,976/Mon. 

DUTIES:  Participates in a variety of activities associated with the Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project (MKFRP) and the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW). Performs various resource management and monitoring activities around the Island of Hawai‘i focusing on native birds, many of which are threatened or endangered. Activities include assisting in the capture, banding, radio-tagging, telemetry tracking, re-sighting of banded forest birds, and identifying birds by sight and sound for forest bird point count surveys. Assists with seabird management including nocturnal surveys, remote sensing, and predator control. Habitat management techniques include small mammal monitoring and trapping, mosquito monitoring, fence-building, and operating a motor vehicle and a variety of field equipment. 



Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in a biological discipline (e.g., Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Science, or Ecology).


Two to four (2-4) years of (paid or volunteer) experience in terrestrial biological fieldwork (volunteer experience must be documented and verifiable). Demonstrated experience with at least two (2) of the following techniques: mist netting, banding and collecting blood samples from passerines; radio-tracking and re- sighting marked birds; conducting forest bird surveys and identifying birds by sight and sound; nest searching and monitoring, seabird monitoring methods, operating ornithological radar, song meters and/or burrow cameras, or predator management. Demonstrated experience working in remote areas.


Knowledge of flora and fauna and threats from alien species. Working knowledge of avian ecology, wildlife biology and conservation.


Ability to use map and compass to navigate in dense forests. Demonstrated hiking ability, including off-trail navigation. Ability to use Global Positioning System (GPS) units to follow transects and/or mark rare plant or bird locations. Ability to take detailed field notes and use Microsoft Office (e.g. Excel, Access) and other software programs to enter data and generate reports. Must be able to identify Hawai‘i Island’s forest birds by sound and learn to accurately read color banded birds. Ability to identify common forest plants. Ability to safely apply herbicides. 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 be able to pass basic helicopter safety course (A-100) within twelve (12) months from date of hire.


Ability to lift/carry up to sixty (60) pounds assisted. Ability to camp in remotes areas for four to five (4-5) days a week, three (3) weeks a month. Ability to work at high altitudes, in cold and rainy or hot and dry conditions.


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 with native Hawaiian flora and fauna, especially Hawaiian forest birds, and familiarity with local conservation issues. Experience in hunting feral animals. Experience using radio telemetry, GPS, and Globe Information System (GIS).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to 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.

RCUH is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, marital status, reproductive health decision, citizenship, gender identity or expression, domestic or sexual violence victim status, military/veteran status, or other grounds protected under applicable federal and state laws, except as permitted by law.




  • Posted On

    March 11, 2024
  • Closing Date

    April 25, 2024
  • Organization

  • Location

    Hilo, Hawaii
  • Position Type

    Full Time
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