Become part of Hawaii’s conservation story

Regular, Part-Time (50% FTE), RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), located in Lihue, Kauai.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, and availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 

MONTHLY SALARY RANGE:  $1,490.50 - $3,000/Mon. (@ 50% FTE). 

DUTIES:  Provides technical assistance to the Division of Forestry and Wildlife to 1) facilitates research that informs the new statewide water lease process, 2) updates existing land management plans that could benefit from water lease and/or restoration revenues generated from State water leases, 3) contributes to the development of water quality study that may impact the State water lease process, 4) reviews water quality studies in selected watersheds on Kauai, 5) updates relevant management plans with new water quality study results, 6) uses water quality results to help set watershed restoration priorities for Kauai and 7) works with DOFAW communications team to generate relevant press releases, outreach and messaging for water issues. 

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college in Biology, Wildlife/Fisheries Management, Zoology or Environmental Policy/Planning, Hydrology or related field.  EXPERIENCE:  Six to eight (6-8) years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of biology, wildlife biology, ecology, wildlife/fisheries conservation, hydrology or a related field with a strong emphasis on water (ocean or fresh) issues and/or animals.  (Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in related field may substitute for experience).  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Knowledge and experience in water policy, stream and/or fisheries/invertebrate/native bird management, ecology, hydrology and watershed management. Skill in exercising professional independent judgment and decision-making.  Sufficiently developed writing and organizational skills to effectively express ideas and concepts.  Ability to prepare and write various types of documents such as letters, memoranda, briefings statements, and technical reports.  Ability to effectively communicate orally and express technically complex concepts and plans clearly.  Ability to meet and deal with the general public, Federal, State and local officials.   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 Conditions: Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain the certificate following the training provided within three (3) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment). Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety (A100) course within six months of hire.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Occasional field work requires physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, uneven, or muddy surfaces; bending, crawling, stooping, stretching, reaching, and similar activities. POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS:  As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures.  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.). 

SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS:  Comprehensive knowledge of Federal and State environmental laws, regulations, and regulatory processes.  Skill and experience in data presentation, scientific expository style writing, and public speaking. Well-developed ability to work effectively with people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives. 

INQUIRIES:  Lynnette Kinoshita 956-3932 (Oahu). 

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) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) 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)956-8344 or (808)956-0872. 

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Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.


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