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.
This is a field crew leader position. The crew lead directs and works in conjunction with a field crew in coordinating all aspects of the field research conducted by the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP) regarding locating, monitoring, and managing endangered seabirds on Kauai. Performs scheduling, equipment management, logistics, public outreach, and works with land management agencies and project cooperators. Oversees day-to-day field activities of field crew. Conducts surveys of Newell’s Shearwater and Hawaiian Petrel movement between breeding colonies and the sea, using
modified marine radar, visual surveys (with binocular, scope, and night-vision),
and auditory surveys. Assists with implementation of management and
monitoring for seabirds at breeding colonies, including predator control.
Performs data management, preliminary analyses of field data, and data entry
into Geographic Information System (GIS) and databases. Produces maps and
conducts analyses in ArcGIS. Trains new staff in fieldwork methodologies and
protocols. Assists in the preparation of materials for administrative reports,
publications in appropriate service outlets, and professional journals. Operates a
motor vehicle and a variety of equipment for field studies.
MONTHLY SALARY: $3100/mo
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited
four (4) year college or university in Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Science, or other related
EXPERIENCE: One to three (1-3) years of (paid or volunteer)
experience in biological fieldwork (Volunteer experience must be documented and
verifiable). Demonstrated experience with one (1) or more of the following: auditory
point counts, operating ornithological radar, visual survey methods of seabirds on land
or at sea, use of song meters, or use of burrow cameras. Previous leadership
ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Working knowledge of the principles of wildlife
population ecology and conservation, particularly colonial nesting seabirds. Working
knowledge of Windows operating systems, Microsoft Programs (Excel, Word, Access),
and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) GIS software. Able to monitor
and manage avian population ecology. Able to properly and safely handle seabirds.
Able to operate modified marine radar. Able to perform data manipulation and
preliminary analyses using Microsoft Office and other software programs. Able to
effectively use ArcGIS (or be willing to learn). Able to learn to recognize and correctly
identify common plant species. Able to locate birds by their calls. Able to use a map,
compass, and Global Positioning System (GPS) to navigate in dense forests. Able to
take detailed field notes, follow a prescribed system for data collection, and make
simple maps, graphs, charts, and written and verbal reports. Able to communicate
effectively both orally and in writing. 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. Post Offer/Employment Conditions: Must be able to pass a
post offer criminal background check. Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety
course within two (2) months from date of hire Must possess the American Red Cross
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
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 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.).
Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Biological Sciences. Strong interest and background training in seabird ecology. Experience working in remote areas.
Experience working with Hawaiian forest birds and/or seabirds. Experience with forest-
breeding petrels. Experience running predator control and monitoring programs for
seabirds. Familiarity with native Hawaiian flora, fauna, and local conservation issues.
Experience with use of ESRI GIS geospatial databases. Experience with statistical
software, such as R, Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), and Statistical
Analysis Software (SAS). Experience writing peer-reviewed manuscript publications.
Familiarity with Kauai.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to www.rcuh.com and click on “Job Postings.” To locate the job posting, type 19004 into the keyword search. *Note the job title will say "KESRP Field Technician, compensation $2571/Month" but this position IS a crew lead position at $3100/Month.*
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 email@example.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.
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