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  • PCSU Underline Monitoring Field Assistant

    • Employer: KESRP/PCSU/University of Hawaii
      Location: Kauai, Hawaii
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/13/2020
      Open Until Filled: No

    PCSU Underline Monitoring Field Assistant


    Posting closes on March 13, 2020


    Project Summary


    The Underline Monitoring Project of KESRP quantifies the impacts of human infrastructure on Kauai's endangered seabirds and develops and tests methods for reducing our impacts on the seabirds.  As a member of the UMP team, your day-to-day research will have an immediate and direct impact on understanding the threats to these birds and on determining the most effective methods available to prevent the mortality of these iconic endangered seabirds.  If you are interested in conducting this important applied research, we look forward to you joining the UMP and KESRP team.  

    The Underline Monitoring Project (UMP) is a sub-project within the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP), and has multiple related research avenues: 1) determine where and to what extent seabirds hit power lines or are grounded by lights, 2) identify environmental and behavioral predictors of power line collision and grounding, and 3) conduct experiments testing the efficacy of minimization strategies.  Brief descriptions of the methods used to achieve these three overarching goals are described on our website https://kauaiseabirdproject.org/underline-monitoring-research/



    Application considerations


    -Start date of April 16

    -References provided with application

    -Brief Cover letter indicating direct experience related to our job description

    Job Description

    Technicians are responsible for:

    -Night surveys monitoring for seabirds interacting with power lines using binoculars and night vision devices (requires long period of concentration)

    -Maintaining acoustic recording devices located throughout the island  

    -Traveling to remote sites by foot, car, and helicopter 

    -Data entry and data management 

    -Cleaning and disinfecting gear to prevent spread of Rapid Ohi'a Death



    -1-3 years of college biological coursework 

    -1-3 years of paid/volunteer biological field work 

    -Must be able to concentrate for extended period at a time (-4 hours)

    -Attentive to detail 

    -Able to search for difficult to detect targets

    -Ability to monitor seabirds by sight and sound 

    -Demonstrated experience working in remote areas 

    -Working knowledge of avian ecology and conservation 

    -Hiking ability and off trail navigation with a pack of 40lbs 

    -Proficiency in Microsoft Office

    -Ability to use GPS equipment 

    -Good communication and good sense of humor 

    -Must have valid driver's license 


    We highly encourage people local to Hawaii to apply for this position.  


    To Apply:
    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) Brief Cover Letter (bullet points are preferred) 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.

    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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