Director of Place-Based Educational Stewardship
(Waimea, Hawai‘i Island)

The Kohala Center is inviting applications for a new senior-level position responsible for the overall development and management of our growing Ke Kumu ‘Āina strategic initiatives with a special focus on the Kohala and West Hawai‘i regions. The position oversees our work ma uka ma kai (mountain to sea), including watershed restoration work on Kohala mountain, our education center at Kahalu‘u Bay, and our in-school K-12 ‘āina-based education programs throughout Hawai‘i Island.

This position reports to the CEO and must have a minimum of seven (7) years of experience designing, managing, and evaluating ‘āina-based programs and grants; master’s degree or equivalent with field-level experience as a practitioner preferred; a strong relationship to Hawai‘i and beginning-level proficiency in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i required.

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, The Kohala Center’s Employment Application, and salary requirements to Cortney Okumura at cokumura@kohalacenter.org.

Posted: February 12, 2018

Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center Staff
(Kahalu‘u, Hawai‘i Island)

Job Summary: The Kohala Center is seeks part-time retail center staff at its Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center (KBEC), based at Kahalu‘u Bay Beach Park on Hawai‘i Island.

The Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center is a partnership between The Kohala Center and the County of Hawai‘i to revive and revitalize Kahalu‘u Bay and Beach Park. Rich in historical, cultural, and environmental treasures, Kahalu‘u Bay welcomes more than 400,000 visitors annually, making it West Hawai‘i’s most popular tourist destination. As visitor traffic increases, educating visitors to retail center on proper reef etiquette and ecosystem stewardship is critical to the bay’s survival and the region’s economic health. Through volunteer-driven educational programs such as ReefTeach and Citizen Science, Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center promotes and measures the positive impacts of environmental stewardship to ensure the bay remains a healthy and welcoming place for residents and visitors alike.

Founded in the year 2000, The Kohala Center is an independent, community-based center for research, conservation, and education. We turn research and traditional knowledge into action, so that communities in Hawai‘i and around the world can thrive–ecologically, economically, culturally, and socially. The Kohala Center is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Essential Duties:

Responsibilities include set-up and breakdown of the mobile education center, daily cash and credit card reconciliation, and daily deposits. Must maintain a pleasant and professional attitude to all visitors and staff and serve as an Aloha Ambassador. The ideal candidate will possess sales and marketing skills, excellent communication skills and will be highly motivated and enthusiastic. Simple math, time management, and organizational skills are required. Candidates must have a reliable form of transportation.

Must be available to work on weekends; two to four days per week.

To Apply:

Please download and fill out the employment application form and submit with your cover letter and resume to Cortney Okumura at cokumura@kohalacenter.org. No phone calls, please.

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this classification. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory, or all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job. Management has the right to add to, revise, or delete information in this description. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Posted: January 30, 2018

Business Development Specialist
(Waimea, Hawai‘i Island)

Job Summary:

The primary purpose of the position is to support economic opportunity in Hawaii, particularly entrepreneurs with businesses that demonstrate a commitment to nonfinancial values – namely, serving the community, caring for ‘āina and the natural environment, and strengthening culture. The Kohala Center’s (TKC) Rural and Cooperative Business Development Services (RCBDS) program aims to increase the business acumen of entrepreneurs and expand access to capital for businesses that ensure a sustainable future for Hawai‘i, particularly those operating in the arenas of community development, local food production, renewable energy, and ecosystem health. The program places a strong emphasis on providing entrepreneurs with technical assistance in business planning and financing, and to supporting the development of cooperatives and collaborations within Hawai‘i’s rural communities and food systems.

 

Essential Duties:

  1. Provide one-on-one business consulting and technical assistance as well as educational workshops to entrepreneurs and community food system partners in the areas of business feasibility, business capitalization, preparing and interpreting financial statements, cash flow projections, and marketing.
  2. Assist businesses with formation and planning.
  3. Facilitate group meetings with food systems and community economic development stakeholders.
  4. Educate businesses, co-ops, agricultural producers, and community food system partners about potential funding opportunities and other business development resources in Hawai‘i.
  5. Assist businesses with creating and submitting high-quality loan applications and competitive grant proposals to launch, grow, and sustain their businesses.
  6. Foster a network of support for RCBDS clients by creating opportunities for clients to interact with each other and community resources, and to support each other when possible.
  7. Conduct market research and outreach, including exploring stakeholder interest in forming farm to school supply and distribution co-ops.
  8. Network with other loan and business development programs, such as the Farm Service Agency, Hawaii Department of Agriculture Loan Division, Small Business Administration, etc.
  9. Make public presentations to a variety of groups on available loan and business development programs, including TKC’s programs and other resources available within Hawai‘i.  
  10. Collaborate with other members of the Rural and Cooperative Business Development Services team to serve clients and advance economic development and community food system projects.
  11. Ensure that all deliverables are successfully met for the grants funding the Specialist’s position, and identify new funding opportunities.
  12. Write grant proposals and manage grants, including execution of deliverables, grant reporting, budgets, revisions, and funder communications. Keep careful records of applications submitted and grants/loans obtained in order to create reports to relevant TKC funders. Keep careful records of grant writing/loan preparation program expenses that are aligned with the program’s budget.
  13. Evaluate programmatic impact and suggest programmatic improvements.
  14. Additional duties as assigned by senior TKC staff members.

Working Conditions:

Indoors at TKC’s Waimea office. Flexible workspace may be offered.

Work Hours:  Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; duties may require evening and weekend hours.

Equipment Use:

Computer and standard office equipment.

Mental, Physical, and Communication Demands:

  1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.  
  2. Must have good organizational and project management skills; ability to focus on multiple concurrent tasks.
  3. Excellent oral and written communication skills including the demonstrated ability to research, assimilate, and analyze information, compose documents, proofread, and present data in a clear and concise manner. Able to communicate effectively with staff, funders, partners, consultants, and representatives from similar programs and other community agencies.
  4. Must have a strong command of lending, business planning, financial analysis, and  financial statements; a strong interest in sustainable community economic development; strong verbal communication, teaching and public speaking skills; and strong writing skills.
  5. Must be able to work with a variety of business types, including agricultural businesses. Must have experience with or be able to quickly learn basics of agricultural production planning and recordkeeping (including software programs), as well as planning for a variety of types of businesses.
  6. Must have experience with or willingness to learn basics of QuickBooks.
  7. Must be able to anticipate and analyze problems, develop effective solutions, identify opportunities, and initiate proactive approaches.
  8. Requires flexibility and adaptability and a strong work ethic to accommodate broad responsibilities, shifting priorities and tight deadlines.
  9. Proven ability to work independently and effectively with a cross-functional team.
  10. Must take initiative, be creative, and take ownership of program development, implementation, and funding.

Minimum Qualifications:

Any combination of education and experience that demonstrate the ability, skills and knowledge to perform the duties. However, five years of experience in business and/or finance and an MBA preferred.  

Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Adept at learning new software and emerging technologies.

Superb oral and written communication skills with an attention to detail.

Possess a valid Hawai‘i driver’s license, no-fault insurance, and access to an insured automobile. The employee is required to use their personal vehicle and must be willing to travel to various locations to perform the abovementioned duties.

To Apply:

Please download and fill out the employment application form and submit with your cover letter and resume to Cortney Okumura at cokumura@kohalacenter.org. No phone calls, please.

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this classification. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory, or all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job. Management has the right to add to, revise, or delete information in this description. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Posted: December 20, 2017

Information and Education Specialist –
1 Full Time, 1 Part Time
(Kahalu‘u, Hawai‘i Island)

Job Summary: The Kohala Center (TKC) and the County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation partner to provide park oversight and marine education and outreach to visitors to Kahalu‘u Bay and Beach Park. The County looks to TKC to notify the County of any issues at the park and to provide education for all visitors in the following subjects: park rules, safe and appropriate use of the park, the respectful behaviors expected of all who enter the water and utilize the beach park, limited natural resources, cultural and natural history. TKC also monitors surf concessions at Kahalu‘u Beach Park, with all profits to be used for educational and management purposes and for the restoration of the park.

The Specialist will provide educational information to visitors to the Bay to educate them about the intrinsic values of the ecological and cultural contributions of the bay. In addition, the Specialist will monitor all park activities and permitted surf school operations to assure everyone is adhering to applicable rules and laws.

Essential Duties:

Under the general supervision of the Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center (KBEC) Program Director, the Information and Education Specialist will be responsible for:

Guest Services

  • Serving as an Aloha Ambassador for Kahalu‘u Bay by welcoming visitors to the Bay and maintaining a pleasant attitude to all visitors, surf schools, and staff at all times.
  • Providing information including appropriate actions and behaviors to ensure a positive experience for Kahalu‘u Bay and its visitors.

Education

  • Engaging respectfully with park patrons to teach and show them proper marine safety and how to protect the reef.
  • Educating interested guests about the historical and cultural resources present as a means to connect to Kahalu‘u Bay as a wahi pana.

Park Monitoring

  • Monitoring activities in the park and contacting appropriate County and State agencies when necessary.
  • Advising unpermitted surf schools or other unpermitted ocean recreational instructors, with a sense of confidence and Aloha, that instruction is prohibited without a permit and that they must find another location.
  • Notifying KBEC Program Director of any major incidents immediately.
  • Writing incident reports.

Surf School Monitoring

  • Monitoring all permitted surf schools.
  • Conducting daily checks of surf schools to ensure compliance with rules and laws.
  • Surveying surf school students on their experience.
  • Receiving and logging patron compliants.
  • Conducting monthly reviews of permitted surf schools to ensure all certifications are current.
  • Attending surf school advisory board meetings on request.
  • Writing reports.

Additional duties may be assigned by the Program Director.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Hawai‘i‘s shoreline marine environment.
  • Knowledge of Kahaluʻu Bay and surrounding area, including its cultural and historical landscapes.
  • 2+ years experience working with a surf school, in community outreach, and/or customer service.
  • 2+ years in a management or supervisory position.

Mental, Physical, Communication Demands and Requirements:

  • Ability to work under pressure and problem-solve.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and work with a wide range of people in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent listening skills.
  • Respectful and humble attitude.
  • Strong public speaking skills.
  • Ability to lift items up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work on one’s feet for a full workday.
  • Computer skills in Excel, Word.
  • Diplomacy and excellent judgment.

Working Conditions:

  • Must be on time, alert and ready to work at the start of your shift.
  • Must wear provided uniform and uniform must look professional, be clean and without holes or tears.
  • Your appearance must be well groomed and you must maintain excellent personal hygiene.
  • Must be able to work weekday and/or weekend schedule, on-call, and rotating schedules.
  • Work takes places in an outdoor, sunny, shoreline environment.
  • Must have access to reliable, insured vehicle.

Equipment Use:

Computer and standard office equipment.

To Apply:

Please download and fill out the employment application form and submit with your cover letter and resume to Cortney Okumura at cokumura@kohalacenter.org. No phone calls, please.

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this classification. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory, or all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job. Management has the right to add to, revise, or delete information in this description. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Posted: December 19, 2017

Fencing Crew Member, Kohala Watershed Partnership program
(Waimea, Hawai‘i Island)

About the program: The Kohala Center’s Kohala Watershed Partnership (KWP) program is a voluntary coalition of private landowners and public land managers dedicated to restoring and protecting the native forested watersheds of Kohala Mountain. It is estimated that half of Hawai‘i’s forests have been lost to deforestation, with the remainder threatened by non-native plants and animals. Through the implementation of an adaptive watershed management plan to create fenced preserves, manage feral ungulates, control invasive plants, and restore native forests, the Partnership’s projects protect essential ecosystem services including the capture of rainwater, sediment mitigation, and groundwater recharge. These actions ensure that both native ecosystems and human communities in North Hawai‘i have an abundant supply of fresh water, and protect downslope coastal ecosystems from the detrimental effects of land-based pollution.

Essential Duties:

Work as part of the Kohala Watershed Partnership (KWP) fencing crew to construct and maintain ungulate-proof fences.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A minimum of two years’ experience in field work and labor, including fence construction, erosion control, native species propagation, restoration, surveys, animal control, and weed control.
  • Ability to carry a 50-pound pack over rough terrain.
  • Ability to drive standard transmission, 4×4 off-road vehicles, ATV’s, and trailers.
  • Ability to maintain a cooperative attitude while working in inclement weather under difficult conditions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Flexible schedule to allow for extended, overnight camping trips (usually Monday through Thursday.)
  • Ranch operations knowledge or experience.
  • Experience utilizing GPS units and GIS software.
  • Training and safe use of firearms, pesticides/herbicides, welding, power tools, and helicopter-assisted operations.

Certificates, Licenses, Education:

  • High school degree.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in outdoor locations. Field activities may take place in steep, rocky, unstable terrain.

To Apply:

Please download and fill out the employment application form and submit with your cover letter and resume to Cortney Okumura at cokumura@kohalacenter.org. No phone calls, please.

Posted: December 13, 2017

Field Crew Leader, Kohala Watershed Partnership program
(Waimea, Hawai‘i Island)

About the program: The Kohala Center’s Kohala Watershed Partnership (KWP) program is a voluntary coalition of private landowners and public land managers dedicated to restoring and protecting the native forested watersheds of Kohala Mountain. It is estimated that half of Hawai‘i’s forests have been lost to deforestation, with the remainder threatened by non-native plants and animals. Through the implementation of an adaptive watershed management plan to create fenced preserves, manage feral ungulates, control invasive plants, and restore native forests, the Partnership’s projects protect essential ecosystem services including the capture of rainwater, sediment mitigation, and groundwater recharge. These actions ensure that both native ecosystems and human communities in North Hawai‘i have an abundant supply of fresh water, and protect downslope coastal ecosystems from the detrimental effects of land-based pollution.

The Kohala Center is seeking a new Field Crew Leader. The Field Crew Leader will work under the direction of the KWP Coordinator and will be responsible for implementing on-the-ground watershed conservation efforts including management of field crew members and field projects.

Essential Functions:

Invasive plant control, including surveys

  • identify alien plant species
  • mix and apply herbicides following labels and safety procedures
  • use GPS to survey and record data

Native plant propagation

  • identify native plants (common and scientific names)
  • collect, prepare and store seeds
  • implement germination and transplanting
  • maintain healthy plants in nursery

Planting

  • outplant using appropriate methods, including site preparation
  • monitor plant survival
  • irrigation installation and maintenance

Sediment check dams and erosion mitigation

  • select sites, construct, and maintain sediment check dams
  • install erosion mitigation, including fabrics and rock walls

Fencing

  • select appropriate sites and materials
  • construct fences following approved methods
  • check and maintain fences on a regular basis

Controlling feral animals

  • select sites, construct, and bait traps for feral ungulates
  • dispatch feral ungulates in traps and by hunting, following control plans
  • deploy snares and predator traps when required

Supervision of crew

Productivity – lead by example:

  • punctual; appropriate use of time off
  • accomplishes field work objectives on time and on target

Crew Management – acts as a team leader:

  • encourages and motivates crew to meet project expectations
  • trains and teaches crew members
  • shows respect and aloha for crew members
  • keeps the crew safe

Accountability – takes personal responsibility for:

  • tools, supplies, vehicles, and maintenance of equipment
  • personnel – keeps track of crew attendance and work hours
  • data collection/monitoring
  • safety and filing accident/incident reports

Quality control – ensures that the work is excellent:

  • understands and maintains standards of work
  • innovates methods to improve standards of work

Communication – between members of the KWP team:

  • communicates with coordinator re: supply and equipment needs
  • communicates field work results and problems to coordinator
  • gives clear instructions and plans to crew
  • listens to ideas and feedback from crew, coordinator, and partners
  • acts as the contact person via cell phone for crew members

Discipline – takes on the responsibility for:

  • policy enforcement – knows what the policies are and consistently applies them
  • communicating infractions following agreed-upon protocols

Problem-solving and decision making:

  • adapts to changing conditions and unexpected complications
  • maintains cool head in difficult circumstances

GIS & Data management/planning/mapping (skills desired, but not required)

Planning – uses GIS to plan for:

  • sediment check dams and erosion control
  • weed sweeps and surveys
  • fence checks and fence construction
  • monitoring
  • irrigation and planting
  • other planning for implementation

Data management – uploads field data (GPS, data sheets & field notes) and maintains GIS/ data files to document management actions:

  • seed collection, propagation and nursery inventory (i.e. “batch book”)
  • outplanting (i.e. Planting spreadsheet)
  • vegetation and other monitoring (i.e. GIS point files & monitoring spreadsheet)
  • herbicide trials (i.e. spreadsheet)
  • fence monitoring and construction (i.e. GIS line files)
  • weed surveys and control (i.e. GIS Weeds Polygon & other points)
  • other monitoring/data collection as required

Skills/technical knowledge:

  • Relevant post-high school training/education/degree in forestry, biology, ecological restoration, geography, botany, natural resources management, Hawaiian studies, and/or agriculture.
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in field work/labor in Hawai‘i, including fence construction, erosion control, native species propagation, restoration, surveys, animal control, and/or weed control.
  • Knowledge of the culture, ecology, plants, forests, streams, and birds of Hawai‘i.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license, and ability to drive standard transmission, 4×4, off-road vehicles, ATVs, UTVs, and trailers.
  • Eagerness and ability to learn new skills, new technology, and new information.
  • Adaptable, dependable, honest, and hard-working.
  • Able to maintain a cooperative attitude while working in inclement weather under difficult conditions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and adhere to safety protocols.
  • Flexible schedule to allow for week-long camping trips in remote areas and occasional weekend work.
  • Represent the program in a professional manner when interacting with partners and the community.
  • Lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to hike up to ten miles.
  • Utilization of helicopter assistance for surveys, transportation of people, and fencing.
  • Training and safe use of firearms, pesticides/herbicides, welding, and power tools.
  • Experience utilizing GPS units and GIS software.
  • Ranch operations knowledge or experience.

Equipment, machines, vehicles, tools used:

  • Hand tools including shovel, machete, saw
  • 4×4 off-road vehicles, ATVs, UTVs, and trailers

Description of work environment:

  • Work is performed outdoors in various climates and elevations in all-weather situations including exposure to the sun, wind, and rain.

To Apply: Please download and fill out the employment application form and submit with your cover letter and resume to Cortney Okumura at cokumura@kohalacenter.org. No phone calls, please.

Posted: August 23, 2017