Hawaiʻi Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo; Science Skills in Practice

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HAWAII DEMOGRAPHIC BIRD RESEARCH SUPERVISOR – ID# 14606. Hawaii Cooperative Studies Unit. Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii Cooperative Studies Unit (HCSU), located at the Kilauea Field Station of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center (PIERC) and field sites on the island of Hawaii, Oahu, Kauai, and Maui. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY: $2,868.00/Mon. DUTIES: Assists the PIERC Project Leader in developing and implementing all aspects fof cooperative research with HCSU into the ecology and demography of forest birds mainly on Hawaii Island. Duties include but are not limited to: planning and scheduling field activities for Hawaii bird research; directing field activities; recruiting, training, and supervising two (2) biological technicians and eight (8) research volunteers per year; conducting field research on Hawaii forest birds including banding, radio telemetry tracking, resighting, nest searching, and nest monitoring; assisting in other research projects, such as tracking movement of Hawaii waterbirds with telemetry; assuring that data is properly collected and managed and assisting in analyzing data and writing reports for administrative use and scientific publication; and assisting with public relations and outreach. PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Science, or other biological discipline with at least three (3) non-introductory courses in biology, zoology, botany, ecology, or wildlife science. EXPERIENCE: Three to five (3-5) years of experience (paid or volunteer) conducting avian research, including at least one (1) year experience capturing and handling passerine species, tracking birds with radio telemetry, censusing populations, or nest searching. At least one (1) year of supervisory experience with a biological research team, or natural resources field operations. ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Working knowledge of the principals of avian ecology and conservation biology. General knowledge of native Hawaiian flora and fauna, and native Hawaiian ecosystems. Knowledge of field operations, logistics and standard safety protocols. Ability and skills in techniques of avian population ecology and management. Ability to perform data management and analysis and to write scientific reports or publications. Ability to coordinate field logistics and train research personnel and volunteers to collect field data. Must possess a valid driver’s license and maintain throughout duration of employment, and be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle with manual transmission in rough road conditions. Ability to work within a culturally diverse community at an inter-personal level, when dealing with the general public. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to conduct field work in rugged terrain under difficult conditions (high elevation, cold, dust, high wind, poor footing). Ability to hike at least one (1) mile cross-country carrying loads up to forty (40) pounds unassisted. Ability to live and work in isolated field camps for up to ten (10) days at a 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 Hawaii'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: Master's Degree from an accredited college or university, or at least two (2) years post-graduate education in biology, zoology, wildlife science or other biological field. At least two (2) years of experience capturing and handling passerine birds with mist nets, tracking movement of passerine birds using radio telemetry, and locating and monitoring birds. Experience working directly with endangered species. Demonstrated writing ability of scientific papers and or publications. Knowledge and ability to identify native Hawaiian flora and fauna at a species specific level. INQUIRIES: Sharon Ziegler-Chong 933-0759 (Hawaii). APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to www.rcuh.com, click on “Employment”; select “Apply” and navigate to “See Job Announcements and/or Apply for a Job.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawaii 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 rcuhhr@rcuh.com. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808) 956-8344. CLOSING DATE: November 24, 2014. EEO/AA Employer