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Grant RW Humphries, January 12, 2017

From Kauai Endangered Seabird Program

Our last job posting for the 2017 seabird season!

We are looking for someone with good mapping (ArcGIS), analytical and database (Access) management skills to join our team this year. Visit the RCUH website and click on 'Job Postings'.


From the application page:

Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Kaua’i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP), located in Hanapepe, Kauai. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.


DUTIES: Responsible for undertaking all Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis and data management duties for the KESRP (including work related to the Underline Monitoring Project). Works under the direction of the Endangered Avian Research Project Coordinator and the KESRP Avian Conservation Biologist. Duties include database management, data digitizing, and GIS analysis of field data (related to a wide range of data including incidental take monitoring, biological monitoring, seabird population survey and monitoring, and mapping species locations). Some fieldwork also required. Performs effective public outreach. Operates a motor vehicle, radar unit, and a variety of equipment for field studies. Must adhere to equipment use and invasive species prevention protocols.

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING: One to three (1-3) years of college level biological sciences coursework from an accredited college or university. EXPERIENCE: One to three (1-3) years of (paid or volunteer) data management and GIS analysis experience. One to three (1-3) years of (paid or volunteer) experience in biological fieldwork. Volunteer experience must be documented and verifiable. ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Working knowledge of the principles of avian population ecology and conservation. Skilled in the use of GIS software (ArcGIS) and databases (Access). Ability to use Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and PowerPoint), Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), and other software programs to undertake analysis and reporting. Proficient in word processing and spreadsheet computer applications skills. Ability to use global positioning system (GPS) equipment. Ability to read maps and aerial photographs and document work. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 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 pass a post offer criminal background check. Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course within six (6) months from date of hire. Must possess Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain and maintain the certificate following the training provided within three (3) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment). PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to hike at least four (4) miles on obscure trails with a thirty to forty (30-40) pound backpack unassisted and live, set up, and work from isolated field camps under primitive conditions for extended period of time. Must be able to concentrate for extended periods (e.g., four (4) hours) using ornithological radar, night-vision, binoculars, or scope under low-light conditions. 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: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biological Sciences. Strong interest and background training in seabird ecology, particularly forest-nesting seabirds. Strong interest and background in incidental take projects (i.e., power line strikes, wind farm monitoring, etc.). Experience working with Hawaiian birds. Experience with marine radar. Familiarity with native Hawaiian flora and fauna, local conservation issues, and Kauai.

INQUIRIES: Andre Raine 355-5300 (Kauai).

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.

RCUH’s mission is to support the research and training programs of the University of Hawai‘i and to enhance research, development, and training generally in Hawai‘i.

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

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