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    Endangered Seabird Field Assistant - 19005 - Kauai


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    • Employer: RCUH - Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project
      Location: Hanapepe, HI
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/25/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    Project Summary 

    The Kauaʻi Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP) is administered through the Pacific Studies Co-operative Unit of the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaiʻi. Formed in 2006, the project focuses primarily on the three endangered seabirds found on the island of Kauaʻi – Newell’s Shearwater (Puffinus newelli), Hawaiian Petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis), and Band-rumped Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma castro). Our work involves identifying the breeding distribution of these rare and enigmatic seabirds, monitoring their breeding colonies, undertaking research projects to better understand their life histories and the various threats which they face, and working with partner projects and organizations to ensure their long-term conservation.

    Job Summary - Regular, Full-Time Seabird Field Assistant

    DESIRED START DATE: April 15, 2019

    MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY:
    $2,509/Mon.

    DUTIES: Field Assistant participates in carrying out research and management activities
    for the recovery of Kauai’s endangered seabirds during field season, with emphasis on
    Newell’s Shearwater (Puffinus newelli), Hawaiian Petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis),
    and Band-rumped Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma castro). Includes: 1) surveys to
    document distribution and relative abundance across Kauai using visual surveys
    (binocular, and night-vision), auditory point counts, and ornithological radar; 2) surveys
    to monitor breeding success and relative abundance at select colony sites; 3)
    management tasks, possibly including predator control; 4) data entry, and preliminary
    analyses of field data. Performs effective public outreach. Operates a motor vehicle
    and a variety of equipment for field studies.

    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) experience in terrestrial biological fieldwork (volunteer
    experience must be documented and verifiable). Demonstrated experience with one (1)
    or more of the following: seabird monitoring methods, auditory point counts, operating
    ornithological radar, song meters and/or burrow cameras, or predator management near
    seabird colonies. Demonstrated remote area experience. ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:
    Working knowledge of the principles of avian population ecology and conservation.
    Ability and skills in techniques of avian population ecology and conservation, particularly
    colonial nesting seabirds. Demonstrated hiking ability, including off-trail navigation.
    Ability to use Microsoft Office (Excel) and other software programs to undertake field
    reporting. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Must be able to
    locate birds by their calls. 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 Conditions: Must be able to pass a post offer
    criminal background check. Must possess Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to
    obtain the certificate following the training provided within two (2) months from date of
    hire) and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must be able to complete basic
    helicopter safety course (A100) within two (2) months from date of hire.
    PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to hike at least four (4) miles on
    obscure or off trails with a thirty to forty (30-40) pound backpack unassisted and live and
    work in isolated field camps under primitive conditions for extended periods of 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: 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 petrels.
    Small boat experience. Experience working with Hawaiian birds. Banding experience,
    particularly with seabirds. Experience with use of Geographic Information System (GIS)
    software (ArcView) and databases (Access). Familiarity with native Hawaiian flora and
    fauna, local conservation issues, and Kauai.

    INQUIRIES: Dr. André Raine 808-335-5300

    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to www.rcuh.com and click on
    “Job Postings.” To locate this job, type 19005 into the keyword search.

    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 rcuh_employment@rcuh.com . If you
    have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call
    (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872.

    CLOSING DATE: January 25, 2019.

    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.

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