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  No phone calls, please.

Posted: July 15, 2016