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  1. Job Type: Habitat Restoration Volunteer Positions Location: Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) Duration: 7 months (Approximately March to October 2019) Application deadline: Applications reviewed upon receipt until positions are filled Inquiries: Email Matt Saunter & Naomi Worcester atkureatoll@gmail.com To apply: Send resume, cover letter, and three references to Matt Saunter & Naomi Worcester: kureatoll@gmail.com Description: The State of Hawai'i’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) is seeking Habitat Restoration Volunteersfor work at Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Kure Atoll is a part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and is located 1,400 miles northwest of O'ahu. Kure Atoll provides important habitat for wildlife, including the endangered Laysan teal (Anas laysanensis) and Hawaiian monk seal (Neomonachus schauinslandi). Eighteen species of seabirds nest on Kure including Black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) and Christmas shearwaters (Puffinus nativitatis). Currently native plant species are outnumbered by non-native and invasive plant species. DLNR is committed to eradicating invasive plant species such as Golden crown-beard (Verbesina encelioides) from the atoll. Invasive plants are a significant management concern because they displace native plant habitat and nesting areas and may cause harm to wildlife. Native plants are an integral resource for nesting habitat and dune stabilization. This position is a unique opportunity to protect and recover important habitat while living in an intact wildlife sanctuary! Kure Atoll is an extremely remote work location and transportation to the atoll is limited and infrequent.Deployment to a remote field site is a serious undertaking. Delays in travel dates due to weather or ship mechanical issues may occur. Due to Kure’s remote location and difficult access response times for emergencies, including evacuation, may be long and uncertain. Theability to live and work in close quarters with a small group of people for an extended period of time is of the utmost importance. Field teams typically consist of 6 to 8 personnel. There are only 2 six-month field seasons per year. There is no Internet or cell phone service available. Contact with friends/family is limited to text only email (no pictures or attachments) through the field station’s satellite phone. Primary responsibilities include:Invasive plant removal (manual and chemical), invasive species monitoring, wildlife monitoring, native plant propagation and distribution, vegetation monitoring, seabird and shorebird surveys, marine pollution and entanglement hazard removal, data collection and entry, weekly field crew meetings. Additionally, all personnel will assist with camp upkeep and chores outside of regular work hours. **Although the workload is diverse, most of the hours are dedicated to invasive plant removal (75-80%)** Desired Skills/Experience:Invasive species management, plant identification, nursery work, Hawaiian native plant knowledge, wildlife monitoring, animal handling, avian reproductive monitoring and identification, binocular/spotting scope use, familiarity with Excel and GPS use. Other useful skills include carpentry, boating, and maintenance. Requirements:Strong interpersonal skills, excellent physical and mental health, able to walk 10 miles per day with a 40 lb. pack over soft sand and uneven terrain, able to lift and carry 50 lbs., data collection and management skills, able to work for long hours in uncomfortable and/or unpredictable weather, bend or stoop for long periods of time, ability to swim and pull self into a boat while in deep water, 20/20 color vision or correctable lenses. Must be able to obtain medical clearance for embarking/working on research vessels. Must be comfortable with use of pesticides. Strict Quarantine:Biosecurity protocols are in place to prevent further introduction of alien species. This quarantine requires that all “soft” items (clothing, shoes, straps, etc.) must be purchased new and frozen for 48 hours prior to departure to Kure Atoll. All “hard” items (cameras, electronics, musical instruments, etc.) must be inspected thoroughly and may need to be frozen or fumigated prior to departure. All personnel can expect to work 40+ hours per week. Work hours are project dependent and may include early mornings, evenings, and weekends. Travel dates are tentative and subject to change. DLNR/DOFAW will provide transportation between Honolulu and KureAtoll. Lodging and food while on Kure and in transit between Honolulu and Kure are provided. Most field clothes and gear are provided. Applicant must supply all other transportation, housing, and personal items. Kure_Summer_Job Description_10DEC2018.pdf
  2. Description: The State of Hawai'i’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) is seeking volunteers for work at Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Kure Atoll is a part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is located 1,400 miles northwest of O'ahu. Kure Atoll occupies a unique position referred to as the “Darwin Point”, which is the northern extent of coral reef development and the atoll is estimated to be 29.8 million years old. Kure is an important breeding site for wildlife, including several rare and endangered species. Eighteen species of seabirds nest on Kure including Black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) and Christmas shearwaters (Puffinus nativitatus). The endangered Laysan teal (Anas laysanensis) was recently introduced to Kure. Currently native plant species are outnumbered by non-native and invasive plant species. DLNR is committed to eradicating the invasive plant Golden crown-beard (Verbesina encelioides) from the atoll. Invasive plants are a significant management concern because they displace native plant habitat and nesting areas, and may entrap wildlife in a dense vegetative mass. Native plants are an integral resource for nesting habitat and dune stabilization. This position is a unique opportunity to protect and recover important habitat while living in an intact wildlife sanctuary! Kure Atoll is an extremely remote work location. Transportation to/from Kure Atoll is by ship and is infrequent. The ability to live and work in close quarters with a small group of people for an extended period of time is of the utmost importance. The seasonal field teams consist of 6 to 8 people. Due to limited transportation, there are only 2 field seasons per year (approximately 6 months each). Contact on Kure is limited to text only e-mail (no pictures or attachments) through the field station’s satellite phone. There is no Internet or cell phone service available. Strict Quarantine: Biosecurity protocols are in place to prevent further introduction of alien species. This quarantine requires that all “soft” items (clothing, shoes, straps, etc.) must be purchased new and frozen for 48 hours prior to departure to Kure Atoll. All “hard” items (cameras, electronics, musical instruments, etc.) must be inspected thoroughly and may need to be frozen or fumigated prior to departure. Primary responsibilities include: invasive plant removal (manual and chemical), Big-headed ant monitoring, Laysan teal monitoring, native plant propagation and out-planting, vegetation surveys, seabird and shorebird surveys, Hawaiian monk seal monitoring, marine debris removal, data collection and entry, weekly meetings. Additionally, all personnel will help with regular camp upkeep and chores outside of regular work hours. **Although the work load is diverse, most of the hours are dedicated to invasive plant removal (75-80%)** Desired Skills/Experience: invasive species management, plant identification, Hawaiian plant propagation and out-planting, avian reproductive monitoring and identification, binocular/spotting scope use, data management, familiarity with Excel and ArcGIS, GPS use. Other useful skills include carpentry, boating, and maintenance. Requirements: strong interpersonal skills, excellent physical and mental health, able to walk 10 miles per day with a 40lb pack over uneven terrain, lift 50 lbs., work for long hours in uncomfortable and/or unpredictable weather, bend or stoop for long periods of time, able to swim, 20/20 color vision or correctable lenses. Must be comfortable with use of pesticides. Personnel can expect to work 40+ hrs/wk. Although most weeks are Monday-Friday, work hours are project dependent and may include early mornings, evenings, and weekends. DLNR/ DOFAW will provide transportation between Honolulu and Kure Atoll. Travel dates are subject to change. Lodging and food while on Kure and in transit between Honolulu and Kure are provided. Most field clothes and gear are provided. Applicant must supply all other transportation, housing, and personal items. Kure_Winter_Job Description_01_Jun.pdf
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