Hui o Koʻolaupoko (HOK) is seeking a full-time Restoration Project Assistant to provide support for various projects including outreach, hands-on restoration and community interaction and project effectiveness monitoring. In addition to the skills listed below, an ideal candidate will be able to produce quality, independent work, be flexible to meet the needs of a small non-profit (i.e. working in the field one day, the next helping on a grant proposal, followed by a day of community engagement). Strong communication skills are needed to accurately articulate HOK’s mission to landowners, agencies and potential funders and other segments of the community. Duties include, but may not be limited to the following:

  • Researching, creating and managing a homeowners outreach program;  Assisting HOK staff with restoration projects;
  • Interacting with and educating community volunteers;
  • Developing monitoring plans
  • Collecting field data
  • Analyzing collected water quality samples and other data.

Approximately 60% of the position will be dedicated to homeowner outreach and restoration work and 40% dedicated to developing monitoring plans and data collection.

HOK requires at a minimum, the following qualifications for this position:

  1. B.S. or B.A. degree in physical, natural science, geography, environmental studies/science, social science or related field, although relative work experience can be substituted with two years of experience for every one year of college;
  2. Dedicated interest and motivation to engage the community in natural resource protection and education;
  3. Strong understanding of natural resource issues, (i.e., non-point source pollution, stream ecology, ocean health);
  4. Understanding of basic report writing, ability to research various monitoring methods and incorporate techniques into HOK documents;
  5. Valid Hawaiʻi Drivers License or the ability to obtain one within 30-days and the use of personal vehicle (travel will be reimbursed at the approved federal rate);
  6. The ability to work in many different outdoor environments including: adverse weather, hiking along trails, streams, uneven surfaces and paddling an ocean kayak;
  1. Proficiencies in Microsoft office including: Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint;
  2. Strong written and oral communication skills; and
  3. Ability to work independently, creative thinking and contribute collaboratively to a small non-profit.

Desired Skills:

  1. Community engagement/interaction;
  2. Identification of Native/invasive flora;
  3. Data gathering and interpretation; and
  4. Geographical Information System (GIS).

Desired Knowledge:

  1. Knowledge of Hawaiian Cultural Practices;
  2. Knowledge of local geographical area; and
  3. Knowledge of local natural resource issues.

The Restoration Project Assistant will report to the Executive Director of HOK. Remuneration is $2,666 – $3,100 (depending on experience) per month with benefits (vacation, sick, medical and dental). The position is full-time, 40 hrs/week contingent on a positive three-month probation period and continued funding. The position requires working some evenings and weekends as necessary. When possible, flex-schedule will be allowed to compensate for evening and weekend work. No relocation costs are associated with this position.

Interested applicants should send cover letter (1-page), resume and three (3) references to:

Todd Cullison, Executive Director Hui o Koʻolaupoko
1051 Keolu Dr. #208
Kailua, HI 96734

or e-mail materials (PDF format preferred) to:

Materials are due by 5:00 pm Monday September 16, 2013
Hui o Koʻolaupoko is an equal opportunity employer.
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HOK is a 501 (c) 3 non-for-profit organization whose mission is: To protect ocean health by restoring the aina: mauka to makai. HOK’s geographic region encompasses the 43,000 acres of Ko’olaupoko in windward Oahu. The objectives of Hui o Koʻolaupoko are to improve watershed health for the protection of ocean resources in the Koʻolaupoko area in partnership with stakeholders including interested citizens, non-governmental organizations, government, educational institutions and private industry while using and focusing on sound ecological principles, community input and cultural heritage.