ʻAlalā Project Hiring: ʻAlalā (Hawaiian crow) Research & Recovery Coordinator

Posted on Feb 3, 2023 in News & Events

Job Summary

Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project (MFBRP) located in Makawao, 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: $5,058-5,138/Mon

Duties: Conducts and develops reintroduction planning, small mammalian predator control program, post-release monitoring research and adaptive management needed to recover ‘Alala (Hawaiian Crow) in Hawai‘i, with a primary focus on releases in Maui Nui. Develops and implements the Maui Nui ‘Alala Reintroduction Plan. Coordinates and supervises the field teams and all necessary tasks to implement the plan. Coordinates research, quantifies threats, identifies limiting factors, develops strategies to mitigate threats and establish additional populations of ‘Alala. Develops research and management goals and strategies with the ‘Hui Alala and ‘Alala Planning Groups. Convenes meetings and provides updates and reports to the ‘Alala Working Group and partners. Tracks expenses and organizes purchasing paperwork. Assists with grant reports and grant proposals to support and develop research and management activities to supplement funds. Recruits and oversees seasonal staff, interns and volunteers. Procures equipment, assures maintenance of project vehicles and care of project equipment. Drives project vehicles to field sites. Identifies the primary community groups, organizations, landowners, and individuals with an interest in ‘Alala recovery and educates the public on the reintroduction. Oversees a community engagement strategy to educate target audiences and promote active involvement in the recovery process. Increases public knowledge of the threats to ‘Alala and its habitat requirements. Promotes ‘Alala recovery in the state, national, and international media by developing news releases, promoting special activities (e.g., exhibits, fundraisers, and volunteer activities), and recognizing stakeholders and landowners. Conducts outreach efforts across the state; shows recovery efforts (successes and challenges), and promotes awareness and participation. Conducts data analysis and drafting of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at meetings.

Primary Qualifications:

EDUCATION: Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Biological Science or related field. (Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university and at least two (2) years of independent research/management in conservation of a critically-endangered avian species, in addition to the experience requirement may substitute for a Master’s Degree.).
EXPERIENCE: Three to five (3-5) years of experience conducting research on birds or other wildlife. Experience must also include at least three (3) years of experience on three or more of the following: (1) working with endangered species; (2) working on reintroduction/translocation projects; (3) mist-netting, handling and banding experience; (4) demonstrated grant writing and fundraising experience; (5) experience in public and media relations, community outreach, or partnership projects. Experience must include at least three (3) years of experience overseeing staff.
KNOWLEDGE: Working knowledge in the principles and techniques of conservation biology, remote field operations, predator control, and conservation management. Working knowledge of natural history relevant to native Hawaiian wildlife, or similar environments. Working knowledge of native Hawaiian ecosystems, native Hawaiian plants and wildlife, or similar environments. Proficient knowledge of techniques used to inventory and monitor wildlife, and other natural resource assets, including experimental design and data analysis.
ABILITIES & SKILLS: Ability to organize, lead, and train others, including volunteers. Ability to respond to the public and media requests, develop targeted reintroduction plans, and associated compliance documents, and acts as a liaison for interested stakeholders. Ability to keep records and prepare reports. Ability to organize multi- faceted projects with excellent attention to detail. Able to conduct data management and analyses. Ability to estimate costs associated with complex projects and to project budget requirements for future program needs. Demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed scientific papers. Must be able and willing to oversee and implement exotic mammal control methods. 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 Conditions: Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR or Wilderness First Aid (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 complete basic helicopter safety course (A100) within three (3) months from date of hire and (A219) within twelve (12) months from date of hire.

INQUIRIES:  Hanna Mounce 573-0280 (Maui).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to www.rcuh.com and click on “Job Postings” and find job listing 223067 or click here. You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 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 [email protected]. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-7262 or (808)956-0872.