The Kohala Center

Kamuela, Hawaii

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $18.00 - $25.00 per hour

JOB SUMMARY/PURPOSE: The Range Technician will work in partnership with the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) on projects to develop technologies and techniques for use in natural resource conservation work on Hawai‘i’s range and grazing lands. Based in Waimea in the NRCS Field Office, this position will work closely with the NRCS State Grazing Land Management Specialist (SGMS) to develop and implement field planting trials, ecological site descriptions and technical notes. This position will also provide logistical and technical support to the SGMS on other projects related to grazing land conservation and serve as a liaison between NRCS and The Kohala Center (TKC) for further opportunities for collaboration and technology transfer.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES/ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

Research and Development

  • Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs): Assist the SGMS with the development of resource and ecological information for the development of range ecological sites, naturalized pasture states, and rangeland health reference sheets to support conservation planning and good land stewardship.
  • Collaborate with NRCS Plant Materials Center (PMC) and SGMS for field plantings and trials involving range and forage planting techniques including field planting design, field data collection and analysis, summary and write-up, and coordinating and delivery of project results reporting via pasture walks, workshops, multi-media products or other appropriate methods.

Outreach and Training

  • Participate in TKC all-staff meetings and trainings.
  • Participate in TKC or other partner-sponsored workshops, conferences, meetings, or other events related to environmental issues pertaining to tropical grazing lands conservation and ecosystem function (with supervisor’s approval).
  • Participate in producer group meetings, workshops or conferences.
  • Provide technical and logistical support to current grazing projects, grazing management workshops, and/or development of tools for use on grazing lands.

Operations

  • Serve as point of contact (POC) for Field Plantings and
  • Support the SGMS in technical capacity with regards to all aspects of the ESD and Field planting projects and other outreach events.

Evaluation and Continuous Learning

  • Complete all identified training to support work with ESDs and field plantings, etc.
  • Incorporate results of field plantings and trials into conservation planning tools, technical notes, and other informational tools.
  • Identify other range resource management information or technology that can be captured and communicated in technical notes or other NRCS technical tools for conservation planning and implementation on tropical grazing lands (i.e., BMPs for Two Lined Spittle Bug response, etc.).

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, CERTIFICATES, OR LICENSES:

  • Bachelors’ Degree in Agriculture, Ecology, or other Environmental Sciences or related coursework and significant experience demonstrating competencies in these fields.
  • Possess valid and current driver’s license and clean driving record.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Passionate about working in natural resources conservation in Hawai‘i.
  • Hard-working, eager to learn and flexible.
  • Able to work independently as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing.
  • Able to work in the field frequently and equally comfortable in an office setting.
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs. and carry loads over short distances on uneven terrain.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Able to operate a computer and use common Microsoft applications.
  • Ability to operate four-wheel drive vehicles and/or ATVs.
  • Familiar with agriculture, ranching, in particular, in Hawai‘i.
  • Well organized, responsible, and reliable.
  • Must be able to travel up to 25% of the time.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree in related field.
  • Experienced in field research, data management and analysis, and report writing.
  • Experienced with Ecological Site Descriptions.
  • Knowledgeable in rangeland and/or island ecology and plant community and competition dynamics.
  • Proficiency in GIS.
  • Wilderness first aid training.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Work is performed in various outdoor environments with tropical climate temperatures, occasional use of shared office space, and in a variety of settings in the community.
  • Field activities may take place in steep and rocky terrain, with unstable substrates and around livestock.
  • Out of area travel is required – generally to neighboring islands, with potential out-of-state travel.
  • A vehicle will be provided for use during working hours.

EQUIPMENT USAGE:

  • Computer and standard office equipment.
  • GPS and camera for field work.
  • Four-wheel Drive vehicle
  • ATV and other field equipment as needed.
HOW TO APPLY

TO APPLY: Please view and apply for current openings on our Employment Portal (registration required). You may save your work and return to complete your application, if necessary. If you experience technical difficulties, please email Cortney Okumura at cokumura@kohalacenter.org. No phone calls, please.

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