Kupu Conservation Leader

MFBRP KUPU AmeriCorps Assistant(s) needed for habitat restoration and native forest bird studies focused on preventing the extinction of Kiwikiu (Maui Parrotbill, Pseudonestor xanthophrys), a critically endangered honeycreeper, on Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii. One to two positions available for a period of 10-12 months, starting October 2017. This is a field based research position but assistants will be responsible for both field and office duties with Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project (MFBRP).   

Primary field duties will be:  

  1. assisting with forest restoration on the leeward (dry) side of Haleakala, including planting seedlings and monitoring vegetation plots; 

  1. mammal predator control trapping; 

  1. assisting with mist-net setup, extraction of forest birds, and banding/processing forest birds  

  1. seed collection for propagation of native forest plant species. 

Office duties include, but are not limited to office, vehicle and grounds maintenance, data entry, preparation and maintenance of field equipment, and assisting with public outreach and education.   

Field duties are extremely physically challenging. Remote research sites require extensive hiking in steep, high elevation terrain. This position also requires living and working in small teams in wet and cold conditions as well as dry and hot conditions. Helicopters are used to supply field camps. Basic aviation safety training is available. Camping is required for all field work. Work schedule will include 5-10 day field trips one to two times per month and alternating days in the office.  

Preference will be given to applicants who have experience with forest restoration, predator control, passerine research, public outreach, and working in wilderness settings. Must be able to perform mammal kill trapping. Assistants must be able to work and live in remote field camps under extremely physically and mentally demanding conditions, to work independently and responsibly, have a good work ethic, take personal initiative and must have a valid driver’s license. 

Desirable qualifications include a B.S. in ecology, biology, ornithology, botany or similar field; forest restoration work; research with endangered birdscolor-band resightingavian point counts; mist-netting and bandingforest restoration; Wilderness First Aid certification. 

Benefits include: 

  • Earn a $1,440 monthly living allowance (subject to taxes) 

  • Earn a $5,815 Education Award (similar to a scholarship) towards higher education 

  • Opportunity for interest earned on certain educational loans (during the internship term) to be paid for by AmeriCorps 

  • Complete over 1700 hours of environmental community service 

  • Health care and childcare benefits (if eligible) 

  • Housing in shared field house (provided by MFBRP) 

  • Most field equipment  

  • Limited transportation in upcountry Maui (provided by MFBRP) 

  • An opportunity to work in Hawaiian forests and gain field experience in avian conservation with a highly endangered species and in ecosystem management. 

Applicants must provide their own airfare to Kahului, Maui, if applicable. 

To apply, please visit: https://kupuhawaii.tfaforms.net/30. For more information about the Kupu Americorps position, please see: http://www.kupuhawaii.org/conservation/. Deadline to apply is June 30. Two letters of recommendation are required. Please indicate “forest bird work” on your application. This is a position supported by the State of Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife and US AmeriCorps. It is administered by KUPU Hawaii.  

A copy of your completed application can be sent to employment@mauiforestbirds.org with “KUPU MFBRP 2017” in the subject heading.  

If you have any further questions please email the above address or call us at 808-573-0280. Visit www.mauiforestbirds.org as well.  

You can also call (808) 735-1221 or e-mail acprograms@kupuhawaii.org should you have additional questions about the application.