UPDATE – Application date extended to 7/27/2016
Are you passionate about protecting the natural resources and communities of Hawaii? Do you have experience controlling invasive species and supervising fieldwork?
Here is a chance to help shape the efforts to stop invasive species in Maui County. The Maui Invasive Species Committee is looking for a talented individual who can bring creative, science-based management approaches to controlling some of the greatest threats to our environment and way of life: coqui frogs, little fire ants, rapid ohia death, miconia, and the next unknown species.
MISC is hiring an operations manager. This person plays a vital role on the MISC management team and will be responsible for planning and coordinating the work of three field crews across the island. Species addressed include coqui frogs, little fire ants, and a host of invasive plant targets such as miconia, pampas grass, fountain grass, and ivy gourd. Control work occurs wherever target species are found: from backyards and parking lots to cliff faces and mountain tops. Some survey and control work is done using helicopters and applicants must be willing to become certified as a pesticide applicator and in the use of firearms. Applications due July 20th online to www.rcuh.com
Find full job description and application information below:
MISC Operations Manager – ID# 16357. Maui Invasive Species Committee. Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC), located on Maui, Hawaii. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.
MONTHLY SALARY RANGE: $3,416-$7,810/Mon.
DUTIES: Plans, implements and coordinates action for introduced species targeted by MISC. Trains, supervises, and works with field staff and assures quality control and safety of all operations. Assists with preparing and reviewing reports to funders and partners. Trains and evaluates employees and follows up on personnel issues. Procures and maintains supplies and equipment needed for field operations. Obtains landowner permissions and constructively resolves conflicts. Keeps and/or reviews daily records of field efforts, areas covered, target species treated, pesticide usage, worker hours and travel details, as well as precise location records. Works with MISC Manager in identifying and working with public and private funding agencies to obtain and ensure continued project funding and support. Serves as the MISC Project Safety Officer. Ensures safety trainings occur and maintains documentation of trainings.
PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biology, Zoology, Botany, Wildlife Science, Resources Management or related field. EXPERIENCE: Two to four (2-4) years of work experience in field activities relating to invasive species control and management. At least one (1) year of experience supervising fieldwork. Must have prior experience supervising paid staff and attendance in supervisory training programs.
ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Knowledge of Hawaiian biota and threats from incipient alien plant and animal invasions in Hawaii. Knowledge of field techniques to control alien species. Knowledge of identification, detection, and control techniques for target species and identification of common native species. Knowledge of Hawaiian community, economy, and politics. Knowledge of techniques for the safe and effective use of pesticides. Knowledge of basic computer programs including databases and geographic information systems (GIS). Knowledge of basic supervisory principles and techniques for motivating and providing feedback to others. Knowledge of workplace safety standards. Excellent organizational, leadership, public relations, and communication skills as well as strong problem-solving, decision-making, interpersonal and management skills. Demonstrated proficiency in following project’s administrative, operational, and safety protocols including proper use and storage of pesticides and use and maintenance of project gear and equipment. Ability to accurately collect and store data for target species survey & control activities and train staff in these activities. Mapmaking abilities using ArcGIS Ability to operate and maintain small-mechanized equipment and train staff in use. Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps, state tax map keys (TMK), and aerial photographs, and use global positioning systems. Ability to organize and summarize data and write clear and concise reports. Must possess a valid driver’s license and maintain throughout the duration of employment. Must be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle with manual transmission. If personal vehicle will be used for business purpose: Must possess proof of personal vehicle insurance and maintain throughout the duration of employment. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to pass a post offer criminal background check. Must possess certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain and maintain the certificate following the training provided within three (3) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment). Must be able to obtain and maintain State of Hawaii Certification for Application of Restricted Use Pesticides within twelve (12) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment. Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course within twelve (12) months from date of hire. Must be able to obtain and maintain National Rifle Association and State of Hawaii Hunter Safety Program firearms certification on an annual basis, and maintain throughout duration of employment. As a condition of employment, all certifications must be obtained and maintained as specified by the certificating agency. Failure to pass the initial or annual firearms recertification will be grounds for disqualification of employment or termination due to a failure to meet and maintain a job qualification.
PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work will be done in the office as well as in remote field areas. Ability to backpack, lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds unassisted. Must be able to conduct strenuous outdoor fieldwork in remote locations and on extremely rough and steep terrain, with daily exposure to adverse environmental conditions, including extreme heat/cold, heavy rainfall, and stinging insects. Ability to hike and camp in remote areas and rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions, up to five (5) consecutive days. Must not be acrophobic (afraid of heights). Uses hand tools, heavy equipment, and portable pesticide applicators in field control efforts. Works in and around helicopters.
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: Experience working with control of invasive species in Hawaii. Ability to identify common Hawaiian flora and fauna. Current certifications for pesticide use and helicopter operations. Knowledge of funding sources in Hawaii and nationally. Experience preparing funding proposals. Master’s degree from an accredited college or university Biology, Zoology, Botany, Wildlife Science, Resources Management or related field. INQUIRIES: Elizabeth Anderson & Adam Radford 573-6471 (Maui).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344.
CLOSING DATE: July 20, 2016.
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