MISC is hiring a Community Engagment Liaison to join our Public Relations team.
The person hired for this position will work closely alongside community volunteers to enlist them in the control of MISC target species. The initial focus will be to expand community-led coqui frog control efforts in Haiku but other public relations tasks will be included.
This is a unique opportunity to design and build a program. Up to 50% of the time may be spent in the field, both training and working alongside residents. The ability and willingness to operate and troubleshoot small-engine spray equipment in the field is essential. The schedule will vary and regular evening and occasional weekend work will be necessary.
Other tasks include detailed record-keeping, public speaking, clear oral and written communication skills, and willingness to operate and troubleshoot small engines in the field.
The person hired will be expected to work independently and still coordinate efforts with programmatic goals and messages. Apply online at RCUH.com by July 3rd. Look for Job ID# 18291.
Find full job description and application instructions below:
Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC), University of Hawai‘i, located on Maui, Hawai‘i. 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: $2,424-$4,372/Mon.
DUTIES: Leads and works in the field with community groups, individuals, or nursery/industry representatives to support their efforts in controlling specific invasive species. Identifies and works with key community leaders/residents to facilitate community-led control activities. Schedules and coordinates community meetings. Expands and coordinates equipment/supply loan program for invasive species control. Coordinates and implements volunteer recognition program and mechanisms for maintaining volunteer engagement. Works with Coordinators, Crew Leaders, and Operations Manager to characterize and prioritize management units for community control involvement. Works closely with the MISC Public Relations & Education Specialist to develop programs and materials to engage the community in behaviors related to invasive species management using community-based social marketing principles. Provides environmental education in selected classrooms and in field settings. Works in the field with MISC invasive species control crews and with community members.
PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING: Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college. (High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent and an additional one to three (1-3) years of field experience and/or experience working with the public may substitute for an Associate’s Degree). EXPERIENCE: One to three (1-3) years of experience in public relations or education related to natural resource management. Experience in field activities related to natural resources management. ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Basic knowledge of Hawaiian biota/natural history and threats from incipient alien plant and animal invasions in Hawai‘i. Knowledge of field activities related to natural resources management. Knowledge of identification of common native Hawaiian plants and common introduced weed species. Knowledge of identification and detection techniques for invasive species. Good oral and written communication skills. Public speaking ability. Ability to read maps and aerial photographs, navigate in remote areas with and without a GPS unit, and accurately collect and store data. Ability and experience working with small, mechanized equipment. Proficient in the use of basic computer programs, including word processing and desktop publishing software. 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 appropriately explain project objectives to the public. Ability to identify a wide variety of native Hawaiian and alien plants/animals. 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. Must be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle with manual transmission. 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 the certificate following the training provided within six (6) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment). Must complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to backpack, lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds unassisted while working in the field. Ability to work in rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions. 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.).
SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biology, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science or related field. Experience with invasive species control in Hawai‘i. Mapmaking abilities using ArcGIS. Strong graphic design aesthetic skills.
INQUIRIES: Lissa Strohecker 573-6471 (Maui).
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: 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) 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872.
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