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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.
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Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.
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