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    Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit.  Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Native Ecosystem Protection and Management Rare Plant Program, with the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), Kauai Branch, on the Island of Kauai. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 




    DUTIES:  Works in the propagation program for rare and endangered plants for out-planting in native ecosystems on the Island of Kauai. Assists in all aspects of propagation and cultivation of plants, oversees assistants and volunteers, writes reports, and assists with monitoring out-planted stock as needed. Works in greenhouse operations and field site development in collaboration with Kauai DOFAW. Orders and maintains supplies needed for the propagation facility.  Prepares for and assists with out-planting for nursery plants into field plots (adjacent or near existing greenhouse). 


    PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college in Horticulture, Botany, Agriculture, or related field. EXPERIENCE:  At least two (2) years of work experience in plant propagation techniques in landscaping, nursery, greenhouse management industry, or related field.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Knowledge of principles of plant propagation, irrigation design and construction, pest identification and control (integrated pest management), safe application of pesticides and their regulation, and fertilizer application. Knowledge of classification of native Hawaiian plants, botanical nomenclature, and terminology.  Good working knowledge of computers, word-processing and databases. Must have thorough knowledge of greenhouse and horticultural procedures and methods. Knowledge and understanding of basic plumbing and irrigation tools, methods and hardware. Ability to properly use all applicable Personal Protective Equipment associated with job duties (e.g., safe application of pesticides). Ability to enter data in online database. Ability to us hand tools and other gardening equipment, including utilizing applicable horticultural methods. Strong organizational and record-keeping skills. Ability to prepare and write reports. Ability to report field and laboratory results. 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 complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals.  Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course (A100) within twelve (12) months of hire.  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). PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Physically able and willing to carry out organized field work under rigorous physical conditions. Ability to work in warm indoor environments for extended periods of time. Considerable amounts of bending, stooping, crouching, standing for long periods, and hiking in cold, wet, rough, and uneven terrain. Ability to lift loads up to fifty (50) pounds unassisted is required. 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 Horticulture, Botany, Agriculture, or related field. Knowledge of plant species and ecosystems occurring on Kauai. Experience in propagation and cultivation of rare Hawaiian plant species.  Familiar with mobile electronic data collection methods (e.g., smart phones, tablets etc.).


    INQUIRIES:  Michelle Miyata 956-9512 (Oahu). 


    Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position.


    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to http://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) 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. All RCUH employees and positions are subject to the August 5, 2021 Emergency Proclamation requiring all State/RCUH employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or be subject to weekly testing for COVID-19.  All post-job offer/new hires will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated (e.g., their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card) or a Negative COVID-19 Test result during the onboarding process.  Requests for a religious or medical accommodation from the COVID-19 vaccination will be handled on a post-job offer basis.  Individuals granted an accommodation will be subject to the weekly testing requirement. 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)956-7262 or (808)956-0872. 


    CLOSING DATE:  October 27, 2021. 


    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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