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Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit. (2) Regular, Part-Time (25% FTE), RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Plant Extinction Prevention (PEP) Program, located on the Island of Oahu. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.




DUTIES: The primary goal of the PEP Program is to implement rare plant conservation actions to prevent the extinction of critically rare species, focusing on species that have fewer than fifty wild plants remaining (i.e., PEP species). Work will be conducted on land controlled by the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources, U.S. Army, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, private landowners, and in cooperation with the Koolau Mountains Watershed Partnership (KMWP) and the Waianae Mountains Watershed Partnership (WMWP) on the Island of Oahu. Assists in office and field work designed and planned by the supervisor including, but not limited to: rare plant collection, monitoring, surveying, and protection; and alien plant and animal control (e.g. weed control, and fencing) through chemical and mechanical means. Drives project vehicles to access field sites. Assists in planning and documenting day-to-day field work. Records and analyzes field data using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and computer aided programs. Work must be done in accordance with applicable Federal and State regulations and laws, especially regarding endangered species, safety and health, and pesticides use.


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in a Biological or Environmental Science field. (Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college in a Biological or Environmental Science field with at least two (2) years of experience managing natural resources in Hawaiʻi may substitute for a Bachelor’s Degree in a Biological or Environmental Science field.). EXPERIENCE: At least two (2) years of experience dealing with biological resources in Hawai‘i. Experience needs to be documented well and acquired under the employment of an academic institution, governmental agency, private company, or non-profit organization in the appropriate field. ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Knowledge of vegetation or rare plant monitoring techniques and data collection. Knowledge of herbicide use and weed control techniques. Ability to use a GPS, altimeter, compass, and maps. Ability to download data from GPS unit into a computer. Must be computer literate. Must possess a valid driver's license (and if use of personal vehicle on the job is required, must also have valid personal driverʻs insurance equivalent to Hawai’iʻs No-Fault Driverʻs Insurance) and maintain throughout the duration of employment. Must be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle with manual transmission. Post Offer/Employment Conditions: Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course within six (6) months from date of hire. Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain and 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 pesticide safety course within twelve (12) 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 and maintain throughout duration of employment. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to conduct work under dirty, muddy, rainy or sunny, hot or cold, and strenuous outdoor conditions (e.g. extreme weather, mosquitoes, steep terrain). Able to hike up to ten (10) miles per day, backpack with up to fifty pounds of weight, and camp in remote areas and rugged terrain for up to five (5) days at a time. 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: Education and experience in programs managing rare and endangered species and ecosystems on the Island of Oahu. Knowledge of endangered species management, safety, and logistical requirements necessary to carry out field operations. Knowledge of Federal, State, and local environmental laws. Familiarity with integrative techniques used to inventory, assess, and display natural resource assets, environmental impacts, and their interrelationships. Previous experience in weed and ungulate control (especially monitoring and fence construction), helicopter operations in Hawai‘i; work with chainsaws and digging and cutting tools; work with herbicides. Current State of Hawaiʻi certification to apply pesticides. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.  


INQUIRIES: Dr. Clifford Morden 956-9636 (Oahu).


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


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)956-8344 or (808)956-0872.


CLOSING DATE: April 17, 2020.


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


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



  • Posted On

    March 14, 2020
  • Closing Date

    April 17, 2020
  • Organization

  • Location

  • Position Type

    Part Time
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