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GIS and Database Assistant with Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez on December 4, 2019

The Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project, a collaborative effort of the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife, will be hiring a Database and GIS Analysis Assistant in early 2020.

To that end, we are soliciting letters of interest and CVs from suitable candidates. Only those who submit a response will receive notification of the actual job posting and be considered for the position. Please submit your materials by Dec 15, 2019 to for consideration.

Here is a general description of the position.

Responsible for undertaking Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis and data management duties for the KFBRP.  Works under the direction of the Endangered Avian Research Project Coordinator. Duties include database enhancement and management, data entry and digitizing, and GIS analysis of field data (related to a wide range of data including biological monitoring, forest bird population surveys and monitoring, predator control and mapping species locations).  Some fieldwork also required. Assists with logistics (scheduling, helip ops, gear and vehicle maintenance and purchasing). Performs effective public outreach.  Operates a motor vehicle, and a variety of equipment for field studies.  Must adhere to safety, equipment use and invasive species prevention protocols. 


A. Education/Training: 

One to three (1-3) years of college level biological sciences coursework from an accredited college or university. 

B. Experience: 

One to three (1-3) years of (paid or volunteer) database design and management and GIS analysis experience.  One to three (1-3) years of (paid or volunteer) experience in biological fieldwork.  Volunteer experience must be documented and verifiable. 

C. Knowledge: 

Working knowledge of the principles of avian population ecology and conservation. Working knowledge of maintenance for database, Linux/Ubuntu server and computer stations. 

D. Abilities and Skills: 

Skilled in the use of GIS software (ArcGIS, ArcGIS online, QGIS, PostGIS) and databases (PostGres, Access, and cloud-based databases).  Ability to make database queries, use model builder, and write simple SQL code.Ability to use Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and PowerPoint), and software programs (e.g., SAS, R, JMP) to undertake analysis and reporting.  Proficient in word processing and spreadsheet computer applications skills. Ability to use global positioning system (GPS) equipment. Ability to read maps and aerial photographs and document work.  Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Must possess a valid driver’s license (and if use of personal vehicle on the job is required, must also have valid personal driver’s insurance equivalent to Hawai‘i’s No-Fault Driver’s Insurance) and maintain throughout the duration of employment.

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