Archive for May, 2013

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (NPS) is seeking a contractor (max 1 yr) for bird monitoring projects for nēnē and petrels. Read posting for interchangeable education OR experience requirements. Applications due June 3.
Salary range: $39,589 to $51,469/year
Open Period: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 to Monday, June 03, 2013
Position Information: Part-time 16-hours, Temporary NTE 12 months
Location: Hawaii National Park, HI
Who may apply: United States Citizens
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Looking for a great job opportunity? Check out this awesome position being offered by OHA:

Papahānaumokuākea Manager

Minimum requirements:  Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. Five (5) years of work experience involving law, public policy, resource management or similar experience demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of state and federal policy in one or more of these fields. Two (2) years of supervisory experience.

Please send a resume and cover letter with salary history and requirements to:

711 Kapi`olani Boulevard, Suite 500
Honolulu, Hawai`i  96813
Attention:  Human Resources

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Continuous Recruitment Until Needs Are Met
An Equal Opportunity Employer

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“We knew they were declining and we didn’t know how fast,” said Michael J. Adams, a research ecologist for USGS and the lead author of the study, Trends in Amphibian Occupancy in the United States

Reality check! Released Wednesday, the USGS study is the first to document how quickly amphibians are disappearing. According to the study, they are vanishing at a rate of 3.7% a year.  At this rate, they could disappear from half their habitats in the next 20 years. Exact reasons are unknown but contributing factors believe by scientists include disease, invasive species, climate change and (drum roll….) PESTICIDE USE!

Hmmm… seems like Dr. Hayes has always been ahead!

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Check out this awesome opportunity!

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is seeking keiki explorers, grades K-5 for CAMP ‘Imi-POSSIBLE Summer Intersession Program 2013.  A week long adventure of science experiments and activities. May 27-31 or June 3-7, 9am – 3pm.

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The East-West Center is seeking a (temporary) full-time Project Assistant to work on the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (Pacific RISA) project. The Pacific RISA is funded by NOAA, and conducts interdisciplinary research spanning the social and physical sciences on climate change in Pacific Islands. We are seeking a candidate to assist with data collection and organization on …multiple Pacific RISA projects, as well as to specifically support our legal researchers with gathering of environmental and climate policy-related data in Hawaii and US-Affiliated Pacific Islands. The Project Assistant will also help prepare reports and papers under supervision, as well as assist in data analysis.

Master’s degree or equivalent experience (college + 1-2 years working) in a social or environmental science or other related degree. Research experience demonstrating ability to compile and integrate information. Proficiency with MS Office software including Word, Excel , and PowerPoint. Effective verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work successfully and deal effectively with people of diverse cultural backgrounds

Experience or interest in regional policy implications of climate science; climate change, impacts, and adaptation practices in Pacific Islander communities; climate change communication and outreach strategies; and/or a Pacific Island language.

Expected salary is approximately $3,700/month. If you are interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Dr. Victoria Keener
Research Fellow
East-West Center

Dr. Tyrone Hayes, a world renowned biologist and professor at University of California, Berkeley is best known for his work on the effects of Atrazine on frogs.

In a Biology Seminar presented on March 6th at University of Hawaii at Manoa, “From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men”, Dr. Hayes speaks simply about how “a boy who likes frogs” discovers the destructive effects of Atrazine, one of the most widely used herbicide in the world.

Dr. Hayes starts off by introducing himself and his lasting love and interest in amphibian development, in particular how environmental change affects development. In his studies, he finds that the change in the color of a frog is triggered by the type of estrogen administered.  Catching the attention of a company that developed Atrazine, Dr. Hayes was asked to produce a study to show the effects the herbicide had on frogs.  Unexpectedly, his laboratory discovers that Atrazine decreases testosterone and increases estrogen production not only in amphibians, but also reptiles, birds, fish and mammals, including humans; likely increasing the risk of breast cancer and prostate problems. 

Dr. Hayes has since parted with the company and made his findings public through publishing’s and documentaries, speaking openly about the affects Atrazine has not only on amphibians, but the potential impacts to human reproductive health.  His interests encompass science with economic concerns, attempting to educate the most vulnerable people about the dangers of pesticide exposure. 

Photo Credit: Agsense

Photo Credit: AGsense

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Check out Hawai`i Conservation Alliance )HCA) Job Bank. Another NEW go-to place for agency and `aina focused paid opportunities:

Created for you by HCA’s Next Generation Program, this NEW tool helps build the next generation of conservation leaders across the Hawaiian Islands. Employers can now post jobs, internships, and volunteer positions through this web site. Emerging and experienced conservation professionals can now access a variety of conservation and other environmental related opportunities located across the Hawaiian Islands, throughout the Pacific Region and beyond!

For more information:

Photo Credit: The University of Waikato

Photo Credit: The University of Waikato

For those who missed out on the student discussion with Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, check out the link provided:

Mahi`ai Match-Up

The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance is proud to announce the 2013 Work Exchange Program for the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference (HCC). This is a great opportunity for those that may not otherwise be able to attend the event, but instead can offer their skills, assistance, and leadership in exchange for full conference admission in addition to other benefits.
HCC’s success stems from the work of willing and dedicated individuals who participate in our work exchange partnership. The work exchange participant’s dedicated assistance makes it possible to have the various engaging exhibits, events, and speakers which the conference is focused around.
The HCC Work Exchange Program presents a unique opportunity for participants to meet, interact with, and learn from
conservation veterans, emerging leaders, resource managers, field staff, and others from the conservation community. The research, knowledge, and experiences they share provides an invaluable opportunity to anyone interested in starting or furthering a career in conservation.
Please follow this link to apply:

If you have any questions regarding the Work Exchange Program, please feel free to contact Marion Ano