KFBRP is now accepting applications for the Aloha ʻĀina Workforce Program

If you’re a Kauai resident 18+ who has been laid off or had work hours reduced due to COVID, and are interested in changing careers to the conservation or food systems fields, this program for Kauai jobs may be for you! All positions begin August 31st and will run for 12 weeks at $20 per hour. Work will be complemented with career services education including a professional resume writing session.

There are two positions available with KFBRP: Office Assistant & Avian Conservation Field Assistant. Please read through the descriptions below.

Office Assistant

The Office Assistant performs general program support to maintain a forest bird research and recovery program in three areas: 1) data entry, management, and summary; 2) logistical support and coordination; and 3) outreach. Under 1), duties include data entry and
digitizing in Excel, Access and cloud-based databases, and summary and interpretation of data using graphs, tables, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Data include forest bird population surveys and monitoring, and predator control and mapping species locations. Under 2), duties include maintenance of project vehicles and inventory, care and maintenance of project equipment and tools. Helps maintain computers and network. Assists in scheduling logistics, such as helicopter operations. Tracks helicopter usage and invoices. Assists with procurement. Under 3), duties include participating in and supporting project’s public relations outreach programs and producing outreach materials, including for social media. Must adhere to safety, equipment use and invasive species prevention protocols. Worker will be trained in necessary software (e.g., GIS, WordPress). The position will mostly be teleworking with occasional visits to our office and baseyard.
Qualifications: High school diploma or GED required; at least some college education preferred. Requires a high degree of attention to detail for data management, data digitizing, data entry and proofing, as well as equipment management and data collection, which includes repetitive tasks. Strong technical capabilities (MS Office (Word, Excel), Google Suite, social media, remote work, basic photo editing). Excellent writing skills. Problem-solving. Ability to work independently and with a small team. Ability to effectively manage projects and balance time/schedule on multiple tasks. Working knowledge of maintenance of computer workstations. Inventory management experience is a plus. A desire to help prevent the extinction of our native forest birds.
To Apply: Send an up-to-date resume, names and contact information of three references, and cover letter describing why this opportunity interests you to data @ kauaiforestbirds.org.

Avian Conservation Field Assistant

Our project focuses on a variety of work with three critically-endangered endemic Hawaiian songbirds, the ‘Akikiki, ‘Akeke’e and Puaiohi, that all inhabit the extremely wet, beautiful and rugged montane rainforest on the island of Kaua’i. The position will focus on (1) sampling life cycle of disease- carrying Culex mosquitoes in core bird habitat, (2) conducting bird surveys, (3) maintaining and enhancing rat control grids, (4) assisting with banding birds to document prevalence of malaria in blood
samples, (5) tracking radio-tagged birds, and (6) helping with field camp and trail maintenance and improvements. This is a rare opportunity to work on endangered tropical species in the U.S. while gaining valuable research skills. The work is physically challenging, requiring a 4 to 8 mile hike to the main field camps by way of steep slopes, tangled forest and stream crossings on obscure trails with up to 40 pound packs (occasionally 60). Daily field conditions include hiking through dense forest in and along streams, often in rainy and chilly weather. Worker will be trained to (1) navigate off-trail using GPS and Avenza, (2) skills for remote camping, (3) how to identify native Hawaiian plants and birds, and (4) basic data entry and manipulation.
Qualifications: High school diploma or GED required; at least some college education preferred. Abundant enthusiasm for conserving Hawaii’s native species (including controlling invasive species along the way) is essential, as are self-motivation, the ability to work well in a small team, and willingness to live in remote field camps for more than a week at a time. Careful data collection is paramount, and when not in the field, office duties will include data entry and management, maintenance of field equipment, and other work around the office/via remote teleworking. Working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel), Google Suite, and computer skills are required. Applicants should be physically fit and able to navigate rugged and complex terrain.
To Apply: Send an up-to-date resume, names and contact information of three references, and cover letter describing why this opportunity interests you to puaiohijobs @ gmail.com

Prospective Graduate Students and Other Potential Collaborators

If you are interested in pursuing a project with KFBRP, please check out our research opportunities or browse through our current graduate student profiles.

Elizabeth Abraham