PCSU Underline Monitoring Field Assistant- ID#19606

Pacific Studies Co-operative Unit of the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaiʻi

Kauai, Hawaii

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $2509 per month
Deadline Dec 17, 2019

Project Summary

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.

The Underline Monitoring Project (UMP) is a sub-project within the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP), and has multiple related research avenues: 1) determine where and to what extent seabirds hit power lines or are grounded by lights, 2) identify environmental and behavioral predictors of power line collision and grounding, and 3) conduct experiments testing the efficacy of power line minimization strategies. The Underline Monitoring Project quantifies the impacts of human infrastructure on Kauai's endangered seabirds and develops and tests methods for reducing our impacts on the seabirds.  As a member of the UMP team, your day-to-day research will have an immediate and direct impact on understanding the threats to these birds and on determining the most effective methods available to prevent the mortality of these iconic endangered seabirds. Brief descriptions of the methods used to achieve these three overarching goals are described on our website https://kauaiseabirdproject.org/underline-monitoring-research/

Job Description

The position starts in Early April and is a 9 month position with a possibility of extension. 

Technicians are responsible for:

-Night surveys monitoring for seabirds interacting with power lines using binoculars and night vision devices (requires long periods of concentration)

-Maintaining acoustic recording devices located throughout the island

-Traveling to remote sites by foot, car, and helicopter

-Data entry and data management

-Cleaning and disinfecting gear to prevent spread of Rapid Ohi'a Death

Housing is not provided.


-1-3 years of college biological coursework

-1-3 years of paid/volunteer biological field work

-Must be able to concentrate for extended period at a time (-4 hours)

-Attentive to detail

-Able to search for difficult to detect targets

-Ability to monitor seabirds by sight and sound

-Demonstrated experience working in remote areas

-Working knowledge of avian ecology and conservation

-Hiking ability and off trail navigation with a pack of 40lbs

-Proficiency in Microsoft Office

-Ability to use GPS equipment

-Good communication and good sense of humor

-Must have valid driver's license

We highly encourage people living in Hawaii to apply for this position.


To Apply:

Please go to www.rcuh.com and click on “Job Postings.” Search for ID:19606 You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position:

1) Brief Cover Letter (bullet points are highly preferred)

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 rcuh_employment@rcuh.com. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872. RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i. Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.

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Category Wildlife