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.


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Conservation Field Technician

The Kōkeʻe Resource Conservation Program’s Conservation 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.



  • 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 preferred

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

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

  • Experience working with or knowledge of Hawaii natural systems and the conservation challenges on Kauai

  • 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 perform physical work in rugged terrain while under adverse conditions or in inclement weather

  • Must be available for remote camping work trips that will be on average 3-5 days in length

  • Experience with driving off-road vehicles

  • Valid Hawaii Drivers License


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

  • Experience with Geographic Information System (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

Salary range is $2160-$2720 per month. Starting salary will depend on applicants qualifications. 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.



Please contact KRCP for an application by email at kokeeresource@gmail.com. Upon completion of the

application, email or mail application with a cover letter, resume, and 1 letter of professional

recommendation. The application will require an on site working interview.

Applications are being accepted until position is filled.