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Biological Technician - Kure Atoll

Grant RW Humphries, December 7, 2013

The State of Hawaiʻi’s Department of Land and Natural Resources, Divisionvof Forestry and Wildlife is seeking a temporary-hire/volunteer for work atvKure Atoll for the summer 2014 field camp. Temporary-hire positions are for 20 weeks, the remainder of time will be voluntary (approximately 10 weeks).Deployment is to occur in March 2014. All personnel must be on Oʻahu and available to work at least one week prior to departure.

Job Type: Biological Technician (pay dependent on experience) Location: Kure Atoll Seabird Sanctuary Duration: Summer 2014: March 2014 – September 2014

Kure Atoll is a part of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) and is located 1,400 miles northwest of Oʻahu. Kure Atoll occupies a unique position referred to as the ‘Darwin Point’, which is the northern extent of coral reef development, and the atoll is estimated to be 29.8 million years old. Kure is an important breeding site for a sizable and diverse population of wildlife, with several rare or endangered species. Eighteen species of seabirds nest on Kure Atoll, including Mōlī or Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), Kaʻupu or Black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes), and ʻEwaʻewa or Sooty tern (Sterna fuscata). There are currently 15 native and 28 introduced plant species known on Green Island. Native plants are an integral resource for seabird nesting habitat and dune stabilization. Invasive plants are a significant management concern because they displace native plant habitat and seabird nesting areas, entrap seabirds in dense vegetative mass and out-compete native plants.

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