Conservation Field Technician

Applications are being accepted however filling the position is on hold due to COVID-19




The Kōkeʻe Resource Conservation Program’s Field Technician position requires an enthusiastic, motivated, action-oriented person to play an essential role in conducting field operations. These operations include surveying, mapping, monitoring, and controlling alien species and their impacts to Kauai’s forests. The Field Tech must be willing and able to camp in remote mountainous areas and operate in extremely rugged terrain and adverse weather conditions. The Field Tech will assist KRCP staff and conservation partners with field operations and office support that may include noxious weed control, field operations planning, trail maintenance, vehicle and equipment maintenance, fence construction/maintenance, data entry, and outreach activities. This position is supervised by the Kōkeʻe Resource Conservation Program Coordinator and Lead Field Technician. 


•    Assist with natural resource management field operations which include: controlling and eliminating invasive alien plants using a                variety of methods.

•    Participate in special-use helicopter operations that include sling loading, low-elevation surveys, and remote/hover landings.

•    Maintain ungulate fences.

•    Maintain vehicles and field equipment

•    Mix and apply herbicide according to label instructions

•    Assist with GPS mapping, data collection, and data entry

•    Work with partners, volunteers, and interns in field operations

•    Ensure compliance with all Hawaii State Parks and Forestry rules and safety procedures.

•    Assist with interpretive hikes, outreach events, and fundraising efforts to help build good community relations

•    Other duties as assigned.


•    High school diploma required, college degree prefered.

•    Must be comfortable managing, orienting, supervising and coordinating volunteers of varying ages and skill set.

•    Ability to recognize Hawaiian native and non-native plant species and familiarity with navigating through Kaua‘i landscapes                            specifically in Kōkeʻe, Waimea Canyon, Nā Pali Coastal State Parks, and surrounding areas of Forest Reserves and Alakaʻi Wilderness            Preserve.

•    Experience working with or knowledge of Hawai‘i natural systems and the conservation challenges on Kaua‘i.

•    Experience with herbicide weed control techniques

•    Experience with map reading and orienteering. Must have the ability to navigate rugged terrain using maps, compass and GPS.

•    Ability to perfrom physical work in rugged terrain while under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.

•    Must be available for remote camping worktrips that will be on average 3-5 days.

•    Experience with driving off-road vehicles

•    Valid Hawaii Driver’s License


•    Experience operating various types of equipment and tools safely (chainsaw, machete, etc)

•    Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and field mapping techniques.

•    Ability to follow instructions from colleagues, and work in a collaborative team-based environment

•    Certifications such as first aid, CPR, herbicide application, helicopter safety.

•    PC familiarity, including database knowledge, in order to maintain program records.

•    Ability and willingness to take on additional tasks and responsibilities within job parameters, commensurate to work experience.

•    Ability to convey work instructions to other management team members, including volunteers.

•    Ability to function productively as a member or leader of a work team.

Starting pay is $15-$18 per hour. Starting hourly rate will depend on applicants qualifications and 

experience. Benefits include medical/dental/vision insurance and paid vacation, sick, and holiday. Work week is Mon-Thurs 7am-5pm. Weekend projects will be scheduled as needed.



Application and full description are below. Upon completion of the application, email or mail application with a cover letter, resume, an 2 letters of professional recommendation.  

Application                 Job Description

The Kōkeʻe Resource Conservation Program is a project of the non-profit  

Garden Island Resource Conservation & Development, Inc., an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Kokeʻe Resource Conservation Program 

PO Box 1108 

Waimea, HI 96796 

Phone: 808-335-0045



The Kōkeʻe Resource Conservation Program (KRCP) engages the public to protect Kauai's biodiversity by invasive plant removal.  Service learning projects connect all ages to nature by working in Kauai's magnificent but fragile native forest.  Hawaii has 33% of all endangered species in the U.S. yet receives only 5% of federal funding allotted for endangered species protection.  KRCP leverages funding with volunteers from around the world.  Since 1998, KRCP has removed 13.1 million weeds from over 12,300 acres with the help of over 32,700 volunteers.

KRCP is a project of the non-profit Garden Island Resource Conservation & Development, Inc.


Mailing address: 


PO Box 1108

Waimea, HI 96796

T: 808-335-0045


Please make check donations to: 

Garden Island RCD

Memo line: KRCP

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