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  • Mosquito Research/Control Field Supervisor

    Alala Project
    • Employer: Research Corporation of the University of Hawaiʻi, Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project
      Location: Maui, HI
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/03/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project (MFBRP) located in Olinda, Maui. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 


    DUTIES: Plans field research and management strategies on the deployment of landscape level mosquito control. Coordinates and supervises field teams for field research and management projects. Field activities include, but are not limited to: regular mosquito population monitoring and carrying out a mark-release-recapture (MRR) study to evaluate survival and dispersal distance of mosquitoes;  assessing relative abundance or density of wild Culex population; regularly deploying Wolbachia Incompatible Insect Technique (IIT) mosquitoes throughout East Maui including in Haleakala National Park (NP), Hanawi Natural Area Reserve, and Waikamoi Preserve; and monitoring and collecting Wolbachia IIT mosquitoes and wild Culex mosquitoes in release areas. Directs, supervises, and assigns work to PCSU/MFBRP Mosquito Research staff. Provides oversight, instruction, and guidance for a team of up to nine (9) members (including interns and volunteers).  Coordinates and schedules all logistics for field operations. Conducts fieldwork and monitors the deployment of landscape scale mosquito control. Ensures thorough entry of field and Geographic Information System (GIS) data and records into computer files and databases for information summary and reporting. Tracks budgets and expenses, and provides grant reports. Recruits full-time staff, seasonal staff, interns, and volunteers. Procures equipment, and assures maintenance of project vehicles and care of project equipment. Manages data entry and database. Writes reports for funders and partners. Conducts data analysis, drafting of reports, and presentations at meetings. Drives to field activities and field work sites.

    EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biological Sciences, Natural Resource Management, or related field.
    EXPERIENCE: Two to four (2-4) years of experience conducting ecological field research. Experience must include at least one (1) year experience supervising or overseeing staff. Includes experience in project management and administration.
    KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge in the principles and techniques of conservation biology,  entomology, conservation management, and remote field operations. Proficient knowledge of techniques used to inventory and monitor wildlife, and other natural resource assets. Knowledge of management principles including, but not limited to, supervising/developing employees, EEO, workplace safety, corrective/disciplinary actions, and administration of policies and procedures.
    ABILITIES & SKILLS: Excellent organizational and leadership skills. Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing. Ability to organize, lead, and train others, including volunteers. Ability to keep records and prepare reports. Proficient in Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Ability to perform basic statistical analysis. Ability to establish work standards/expectations and clear direction to meet goals and objectives of ongoing work for direct reports.  Ability to provide guidance, motivate, and engage direct reports through effective communication and leadership.  Ability to assign work and to establish work rules and acceptable levels of quality and quantity of work.  Ability to review work and evaluate performance, and develop required job competencies of direct reports. 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 automatic transmission. Post Offer/Employment Conditions: Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR or Wilderness First Aid (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). Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course (A100) within six (6) months and external sling load (A219) course within twelve (12) months from date of hire. Must complete helicopter manager courses within twelve (12) months from date of hire.
    PHYSICAL/MEDICAL DEMANDS: Must be able to hike, backpack, camp, and work effectively and safely in remote and rugged areas for up to ten (10) days at a time under inclement weather conditions, while carrying heavy packs of up to forty (40) pounds unassisted.
    POLICY/REGULATORY REQUIREMENT: 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.). 

    INQUIRIES:  Dr. Hanna Mounce (808)421-7483 (Maui). 

    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to www.rcuh.com 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 rcuh_recruitment@rcuh.com. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-7262 or (808)956-0872. 

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