Agricultural Production Assistant

This position has been filled.

The Kohala Center’s Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) is seeking an Agricultural Production Assistant to assist with developing and maintaining its Demonstration Farm and satellite teaching locations.

Under the general supervision of The Kohala Center’s agricultural production specialist, the agricultural production assistant will support BFRDP through the following activities.

  • Assists the BFRDP agricultural production specialist and other program staff to establish and maintain agricultural training sites in Honoka‘a and Kohala that serve as outdoor teaching, demonstration, and production classrooms. Sites should be developed with diversified operations that illustrate the development and management of orchards, vegetable crops, and animal husbandry associated with successful small scale farms.
  • Assists the BFRDP agricultural production specialist and other program staff in designing and implementing our Sustainable Agriculture Program for High School Students.
  • Assists with the recruitment of program participants and provides on-going support to participants during all aspects of the training programs.
  • Assists with marketing agricultural products produced at TKC’s agricultural training sites.
  • Assists with record keeping, reporting, and communications for the training programs and general farm operation.
  • Represents The Kohala Center as an expert in sustainable food production and farmer training in highly divergent forums from the agriculture and food production industries.
  • Other duties and tasks that may be assigned by the agricultural production specialist, or other staff.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills required.
  • Good judgment and the ability to effectively manage inexperienced students in farm and community settings are essential.
  • Proven ability to interact positively with a wide variety of people in groups and in one-on-one personal communication.
  • Strong knowledge of sustainable food production and the building of soil fertility.
  • Knowledge of farm planning, farm production economics, and sound marketing strategies.
  • Working knowledge of farm equipment maintenance and repair.
  • Strong organizational, project management, and time management skills.
  • Ability to work positively in a fast-paced, demanding, and collaborative organization.
  • Must have reliable personal transportation for use in traveling between work sites.

Experience

  • Three years of experience as a successful production farmer and/or agricultural production instructor at a functioning educational farm.

Education

  • B.A. in agriculture or agricultural ecology preferred.

Working Conditions

  • This position requires mobility as well as evening and weekend hours.
  • This position requires the ability to perform heavy physical work and operate heavy equipment.
  • Work is performed outdoors as well as in a variety of settings in the community.
  • Out of area travel is required from time to time – generally to neighboring islands, with potential out-of-state travel.

How 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.orgNo phone calls, please.

Posted: February 21, 2017

Rural Business Development Specialist

The Kohala Center is seeking a full-time Rural Business Development Specialist to provide technical assistance, grant writing, and loan package preparation to coops, agricultural producers, and other rural businesses in Hawai‘i. Three or more years of experience in business planning, business development, accounting, or other relevant business position is required. BA level education required, MBA or equivalent preferred. Knowledge of Hawai‘i’s business and cultural climate preferred.

How 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.orgNo phone calls, please.

Posted: January 10, 2017

President and Chief Executive Officer

WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION.

The Kohala Center is an independent, community-based organization for research, conservation, and education. Founded in the year 2000 and based in Waimea on Hawaiʻi Island, The Center turns research and ancestral knowledge into action, so that communities in Hawai‘i and around the world can thrive—ecologically, economically, culturally, and socially. We believe that by addressing our islands’ environmental and social challenges, Hawaiʻi can be a model of and for the world. We understand that in order to improve the health of our people, we need high-quality information on which to base decisions and actions going forward about our food, our water, and our ‘āina.

The Center conducts applied research, policy research, conservation and restoration initiatives, public outreach and education in the core areas of food self-reliance, energy self-reliance, and ecosystem health—all carried out through local, regional, national and international partnerships. The Center also has a commitment to supporting K-12 public education and post-secondary to post-doctoral programs with a focus on intergenerational knowledge transmission that prepares young people for responsible, transformative leadership in an island context.

The Kohala Center has an annual budget of $3,500,000, a Board of nine civic leaders, a paid staff of 30, and hundreds of volunteers. The Center owns over 100 acres of land in two locations on Hawaiʻi Island, one of which is being developed as a campus and meeting place. While some of our programs are focused on serving communities of Hawaiʻi Island exclusively, others operate statewide.

The Center seeks a President & Chief Executive Officer to head the organization in the next phase of its development. Responsibilities include: leading and representing The Center in all forums, overseeing organizational development, championing and inspiring fundraising efforts and developing new funding sources, overseeing budgets, direct supervision of senior staff, and developing and maintaining university, government, foundation, community, and public relations.

PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION. Candidates are expected to have a track record of progressive accomplishment in organizational management in a non-profit, education, or research environment and will have earned an advanced degree. Salary is commensurate with experience. We anticipate that the position will be filled by March 2017. To apply applicants should submit a cover letter and resume or CV to Cortney Okumura, Director of Human Resources at cokumura@kohalacenter.org.

Grants and Advancement Specialist

The Kohala Center seeks an experienced, detail-oriented, administrative professional to manage the organization’s grants, proposal submission, and reporting processes. In addition, this position will maintain the organization’s contact and donor database, providing assistance with outreach and communications. The ideal candidate can be described as follows:

  • Demonstrated ability to read, interpret and disseminate diverse written requirements for deliverables, reports and milestones on a grant-by-grant basis
  • Ability to identify and implement process and systems improvements and large-scale control and governance initiatives
  • Knowledge of maintaining credentials and passwords to access moderate number of internet sites needed to conduct routine business with funding agencies
  • Excellent interpersonal, computer, verbal, and written communications skills
  • Ability to interact positively with a variety of people by email, telephone and in person
  • Diplomacy and good judgment
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of sensitive information
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Two years’ experience in an administrative position that requires anticipating the needs of executives and their programs
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

How 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.orgNo phone calls, please.

POSITION FILLED

Office Manager and Operations Assistant

THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED.

The Kohala Center seeks an experienced, detail-oriented, enthusiastic, and professional administrator to organize and coordinate the management of our two Waimea offices, ensuring organizational and programmatic effectiveness and efficiency. This person will serve as the first point of contact for inquiries to the organization, manage facilities, equipment, and vehicles, maintain filing and document management for the organization, and provide logistical and planning support for meetings and events. The ideal candidate can be described as follows:

  • Enjoys creating systems for office management and administration
  • Experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and executive support related tasks
  • Able to work independently with little or no supervision
  • Ability to take initiative, problem solve, and multi-task
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Enjoys working in a fast-paced environment with many different people from all walks of life and from all over the world.
  • Excellent organizational skills, time management, and judgment discernment
  • Must be flexible, willing to take on new projects, and feel comfortable accepting assignments from a variety of people.
  • Accurate word processing and data entry skills
  • Expert knowledge of Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

How 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.orgNo phone calls, please.

Posted: October 11, 2016

Director, Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program

NOTE: THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED.

The Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program is an integral program of the food self-reliance efforts of The Kohala Center. Its primary function is to help revitalize island food production through assisting new and beginning farmers or ranchers to acquire the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to manage small production operations in ways that are environmentally responsible and economically sustainable. The Director of the Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program is the lead staff member for these activities and has primary responsibility for the development and implementation of all aspects of the training program. The Director of the Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program is responsible for the programmatic effectiveness and financial sustainability of the program.

Essential Job Functions

Under the general supervision of The Kohala Center’s Vice President for Programs, the Director of the Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) provides the leadership, development and implementation of all BFRDP-related programs and efforts and performs the following functions:

  • Manages the BFRD program, with all its elements, to maximize outcomes from sometimes limited resources by: developing partnerships and funding opportunities, writing activity and progress reports based on criteria required by the various cooperating and funding agencies, developing and administering budgets under the direction of the Vice President and CFO, coordinating and directing all staff work related to the BFRDP including the supervision of any staff assistants, BRFD program coordinators, mentoring farmers, and project volunteers.
  • Plans and implements the Kamehameha Schools High School Ag Internship Program with the assistance of TKC staff.
  • Builds and maintains The Kohala Center’s Demonstration Farm as a teaching and production farm that is integrated with all aspects of the Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program.
  • Actively recruits program participants and coordinates program outreach efforts to meet the requirements of all program funders.
  • Actively recruits and manages the classroom instructors, field instructors, and on-farm mentors to meet the needs of program participants and the requirements of the funders.
  • Actively seeks continuing and diverse avenues of financial and community support, including income producing programs and partnering opportunities for this vibrant and critical program, including designing and writing grant proposals to continue program funding.
  • Works with TKC’s President and CEO, and communications and media relations staff to implement a public relations strategy through normal Kohala Center channels, to create and maintain a high level of community awareness and a strong positive image for the BFRDP.
  • Supervises the TKC Farm Coordinator, the Agriculture Production Specialist, and other farm assistants, and works with them to keep all project records up to date in order to facilitate creation of the numerous internal and external reports required by the program’s various funding streams.
  • Carefully manages the risk of having students in settings with farm machinery in a program that requires travel between project sites.
  • Serves as the resident expert on sustainable farming and long range food security issues, and remains current on issues and advancements in this field in order to advise program participants, senior staff, and island residents.
  • Assures the programmatic effectiveness and financial sustainability of the Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program.
  • Represents The Kohala Center as an expert in sustainable food production and farmer training in highly divergent forums from the agriculture and food production industries.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills required.
  • Diplomacy and good judgment are essential.
  • Strong knowledge of sustainable agricultural production in a commercial farm setting.
  • Proven ability to interact positively with a wide variety of people in divergent forums, from scientists to parents, farmers to government officials, in a wide variety of settings from formal presentations through committee and board work and including one-on-one personal communication.
  • Strong community outreach skills with proven leadership ability in organizing and managing community-directed events.
  • Strong organizational, project management, and time management skills.
  • Ability to work positively in a fast-paced, demanding, and collaborative organization.
  • Strong writing skills including the desire to design projects, write grants to support the program, and complete written reports to funders.
  • Knowledge of the food and agriculture landscape of Hawaii preferred

Experience

  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience as a production farmer and/or agricultural production instructor.
  • Five years of experience in business and/or program management and/or community development.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required, MA preferred; a combination of 10 years of successful farming and farm management may substitute for a portion of the educational requirement.

Working Conditions

  • This position requires mobility as well as evening and weekend hours.
  • Work is performed in a wide variety of settings in the community, in an office setting, and at various outdoor sites on island.
  • Out of area travel is required, including to satellite teaching areas on Hawaii Island, to neighboring islands, and periodic out-of-state travel.

How 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: September 6, 2016

Agriculture Production Specialist, Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program

NOTE: THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED.

The Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program is an integral program of the food self-reliance efforts of The Kohala Center. Its primary function is to help revitalize island food production through assisting new farmers or ranchers to acquire the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to manage small production operations in ways that are environmentally responsible and economically sustainable. The Agriculture Production Specialist assists the Director of the Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program in implementing and managing all aspects of the training program, with particular focus on developing and maintaining The Kohala Center’s Demonstration Farm and satellite teaching locations.

Essential Job Functions

Under the general supervision of The Kohala Center’s Director of the Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), the Agriculture Production Specialist provides content expertise and management for an educational farm program designed to train beginning farmers and ranchers in sustainable agricultural practices and production operations.

  • Assists the BFRDP Director and other program staff to establish and maintain agricultural training sites in Honokaa and Kohala that serve as outdoor teaching, demonstration, and production classrooms. Sites should be developed with diversified operations that illustrate the development and management of orchards, vegetable crops, and animal husbandry associated with successful small scale farms.
  • Assists the BFRDP Director and other program staff in designing and implementing the Kamehameha Schools High School Ag Internship Program.
  • Assists with the recruitment of program participants and provides on-going support to participants during all aspects of the training programs.
  • Assists with record keeping, reporting, and communications for the training programs and general farm operation.
  • Carefully manages the risk of having students in settings with farm machinery.
  • Serves as a resident expert on sustainable production farming in Hawaii’s climates and remains current on issues and advances in this field in order to instruct program participants and advise senior staff.
  • Represents The Kohala Center as an expert in sustainable food production and farmer training in highly divergent forums from the agriculture and food production industries.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills required.
  • Good judgment and the ability to effectively manage inexperienced students in farm and community settings are essential.
  • Proven ability to interact positively with a wide variety of people in groups and in one-on-one personal communication.
  • Strong knowledge of sustainable food production and the building of soil fertility.
  • Knowledge of farm planning, farm production economics, and sound marketing strategies.
  • Working knowledge of farm equipment maintenance and repair.
  • Strong organizational, project management, and time management skills.
  • Ability to work positively in a fast-paced, demanding, and collaborative organization.
  • Must have reliable personal transportation for use in traveling between work sites.

Experience

  • Four years of experience as an agricultural production instructor at a functioning educational farm.
  • Other educational or farm production experience can substitute for two years of ag production instructional experience.

Education

  • BA in agriculture or agricultural ecology required.

Working Conditions

  • This position requires mobility as well as evening and weekend hours.
  • This position requires the ability to perform heavy physical work and operate heavy equipment.
  • Work is performed in a wide variety of settings in the community and at various outdoor sites on island.
  • Out of area travel is required, including to satellite teaching areas on Hawaii Island, to neighboring islands, and periodic out-of-state travel.

How 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: September 6, 2016

Marine Science Educator and Volunteer Coordinator, Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center

The Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center (KBEC) is a partnership of The Kohala Center (TKC) and County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation. The County looks to KBEC 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. The Kohala Center shall manage/operate concessions at Kahalu‘u Beach Park, with all profits to be used for educational purposes and for the restoration of the park. Outreach will include working with community members, schools, camps, visitors, etc. to educate them about the intrinsic values of the ecological and cultural contributions of the bay. Volunteer training will include working with new and current volunteers to assure an open line of communication and that TKC guidelines are being followed. Marine science education will include teaching workshops and classes to youth and adults on various marine ecosystems in Hawai‘i, including Kahalu‘u Bay. The incumbent will serve as The Kohala Center staff member assisting in all aspects of the education center and management of the park, and working closely with the KBEC Director to ensure that the education center and volunteers are served properly.

Essential Job Functions

Under the general supervision of the KBEC Program Director, assists in:

  • Marine Science Education
    • Responsible for providing in-class and on-site ReefTeach/Reef Etiquette Training for staff, volunteers, and groups of youth and adults.
    • Train Citizen Scientists to collect water quality data; run tide pool investigations lessons
    • Develop marine science educational programs and activities for a variety of audiences, including youth camps, school field trips, university groups, and other groups interested in learning about and protecting Hawai‘i’s marine resources.
  • Volunteer Coordination
    • Monitor on-site activities of volunteers and provide support to new and current volunteers. Volunteers should clearly understand their responsibilities as ReefTeachers and Citizen Scientists.
    • Train interested volunteers to assist with daily operations at KBEC.
    • Schedule ReefTeach and Citizen Science volunteers daily and monthly.
  • Operations
    • Maintain a pleasant attitude to all visitors and staff at all times and serve as an Aloha Ambassador.
    • Daily retail operations of KBEC including set-up and break-down, cash and credit card reconciliation and daily deposits.
    • Maintain daily and monthly retail/rental sales goals.
    • Work closely with KBEC manager to ensure lines of communication and information flow are open and work is completed in a timely manner.
    • Assure sales/rental procedures are followed. Make recommendations for improved workflow.
    • Keep abreast of ReefTeach and Citizen Science inventory and update KBEC retail center master inventory list.
  • Program Assistance and Development
    • Propose programs that will increase KBEC bottom line and engage volunteers, community, visitors in the process
    • Successful completion of work assigned through grants, or through special projects.
  • Park Oversight
    • Monitor activities in the park and refer to appropriate agency when necessary. Examples: incidents of damage, defacement, and destruction of park property should be referred to park supervisor. Vendors without permits should be referred to police department. The only permitted vendor at Kahalu‘u is the Kahalu‘u Snack Wagon.

Additional duties may be added by the Program Director.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Demeanor

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science, Zoology, and/or Environmental Sciences
  • Knowledge of Hawai‘i‘s shoreline marine environment.
  • Diplomacy, and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to work under pressure and problem-solve.
  • Excellent time management, scheduling and organizational skills.
  • Retail sales, marketing skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and work with a range of people in a fast-paced environment.
  • Understanding of simple bookkeeping, inventory, cash/credit card handling.
  • Ability to ensure all equipment (including Education Center truck) is maintained in excellent condition.
  • Excellent listening skills.
  • Respectful and humble attitude.
  • Public speaking skills.
  • Ability to lift items up to 50 lbs. for set-up and break-down of education center purposes and other activities.
  • Computer skills in Excel, Word.

Desired Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • 2+ years Community Outreach and Education
  • 2+ years in management position
  • 2+ years in customer service

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to work weekday and/or weekend schedule.
  • Work takes places in an outdoor, shoreline environment.
  • Must have access to reliable, insured vehicle.

How 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: September 6, 2016

Data Technician/Field Crew Member

The Data Technician/Field Crew Member will assist with implementing on-the-ground watershed conservation efforts as well as being the responsible for all data collection and recording for The Kohala Center’s Kohala Watershed Partnership (KWP).

The Data Technician/Field Crew Member will work with the KWP crew as well as with KWP partners and their staff, volunteers, and students to accomplish objectives, including, but not limited to:

  • Invasive plant control, including surveys
  • Constructing and maintaining fences and sediment check dams
  • Controlling feral animals
  • Conducting biological surveys
  • Growing and planting native species

GIS & Data management/planning/mapping

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

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Relevant post-high school training/education/degree in forestry, biology, ecological restoration, geography, botany, natural resources management, Hawaiian studies, and/or agriculture.
  • 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.
  • Carry 50-pound pack over rough terrain.
  • Flexible schedule to allow for extended, overnight camping trips and occasional weekend work.
  • Represent the program in a professional manner when interacting with partners and the community.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Training and safe use of firearms, pesticides/herbicides, welding, power tools, ATV, and helicopter-assisted operations.
  • Experience utilizing GPS units and GIS software.
  • Ranch operations knowledge or experience.

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume to Cortney Okumura at cokumura@kohalacenter.org.  No phone calls, please.

Posted: July 15, 2016

Director, School Garden Programs

The Kohala Center’s Farm to School programs are an integral component of our ‘āina-based education and food self-reliance efforts. The primary function of our farm to school and school garden work is to revitalize island food production through assisting K–12 schools in reactivating, initiating, and implementing school garden programs that provide students with learning opportunities centered on the growing of food and fiber while meeting various Hawaii Department of Education standards in science and related fields. Our school garden programs include the Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network, the Hawai‘i Farm to School and School Garden Hui, FoodCorps Hawai‘i, the Kū ‘Āina Pā Teacher Training Program, and Ke Kumu ʻĀina, a forthcoming after-school and school vacation STEAM education program for middle-school students centered on native, endemic, and Polynesian plants and Hawaiian field systems.

Responsibilities
The Director will be responsible for coordinating the Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network and FoodCorps Hawai‘i, working with the Hawai‘i Farm to School and School Garden Hui, as well as creating and leading (and/or working with staff to lead) after-school and school vacation STEAM education programs for middle-school students on gardening, agriculture, Hawaiian field systems, field science, and native, endemic, and Polynesian plants. The Director will also be responsible for developing a professional education program for middle-school teachers, with a focus on classroom and hands-on instruction about how to use culturally relevant, project-based learning activities in alignment with the Core Curriculum Standards and Next Generation Science Standards to educate students on gardening, agriculture, native, endemic, and Polynesian plants, and Hawaiian field systems.

Duties

  • Program development and management
  • Curriculum development and providing/coordinating professional development workshops
  • Educating schoolchildren on gardening, agriculture, and Hawaiian field systems
  • Organizing and conducting field trips and field science programs
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Attending and coordinating school garden network meetings
  • Working in a wide variety of settings in the community, in an office setting, and at various outdoor sites on island
  • Interacting with students, teachers, parents, farmers, scientists, researchers, community and project partners, government officials, and policy makers
  • Meeting and workshop planning
  • Public speaking
  • Supervising staff
  • Writing program reports and proposals
  • Managing budgets

Skills and Qualifications
Candidates should have experience/expertise in program management, youth education, gardening/agriculture, Hawaiian field systems, field science, plant biology, agroecology, native, endemic, and Polynesian plants, and professional development/curriculum development. Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills required. Candidates must have strong organizational, project management, and time management skills. Must be comfortable with working in diverse communities, driving to project sites, inter-island travel, and transporting minors. Bachelor’s degree required, MA preferred. Master gardener certification and teaching experience are also preferred.

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume to Cortney Okumura at cokumura@kohalacenter.org.  No phone calls, please.

Posted: June 15, 2016