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Requisition Number 17-0033
Post Date 4/13/2017
Title Resource Technician
City Maui
State HI

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

The National Solar Observatory (NSO) Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) Project has an immediate opening for 2016 seasonal Resource Technician (Mid-May to end of September 2017) to provide support in the implementation of mitigation and monitoring activities for endangered species required for the DKIST Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), on Haleakala, Maui, Hawai'i. The Habitat Conservation Plan carries out mitigation and monitoring activities for Endangered Species Act listed species of Hawaiian Petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis), Nene (Branta sandwichensis), and Silversword (Argyroxiphium sandwicense).

This is a 40 hour per week job; key duties and responsibilities of the technicians for this season include but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring petrel collision around construction sites
  • Monitoring reproductive success of Hawaiian petrel in mitigation site and control site
  • Searching for new nest burrows of Hawaiian petrel in mitigation site and control site
  • Set up camera traps and rat traps to monitoring predator (cats, rats, mongoose) population in mitigation site and control site
  • Invasive species prevention
  • Other conservation and mitigation duties
  • Bachelor’s degree major in Biology, Wildlife Management or a related field
  • At least one year of ecology or wildlife research/conservation experience
  • Computer experience in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Possess a valid driver's license
  • Must be able to hike 7miles with 40 lb backpack in high altitude (8,000-10,000 ft)

Desired Qualifications:

Knowledge of Hawaiian fauna and flora; experience in operating GPS and GIS; familiarity with handling birds (seabird-specific preferred); experience in operating camera traps and predator control; certifications in CPR and Wilderness First Aid/Responder.

Please list 3 professional references in your application and attach a CV or resume (PDF files preferred) to your application. Please name any attachments with the following format: 17-0033LastnameDocname. Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to

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