Field Technician

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, USA
  • Jan 14, 2020
Full time Government/Nonprofit Land Use

Job Description


The Field Technician performs and participates in all aspects of forest protection operations, maintenance and management of equipment, vehicles and the baseyard for the Kauai Program.

The Kauai Program Field Technician position requires an enthusiastic, motivated, action-oriented person to play an essential role in ecosystem threat abatement operations. These operations include surveying, mapping, monitoring, and controlling alien species and their impacts to Kauai’s forests. The Field Technician must be willing and able to camp in remote mountainous areas for up to five nights at a time and operate in extremely rugged terrain and adverse weather conditions. Work environment involves exposure to job hazards where there is a high possibility of injury, as well as helicopter operations, so a commitment to safety is essential. The Field Technician will assist the Kauai team and partners with all aspects of field operations and office support that may include alien plant removal, fence construction/maintenance, feral ungulate control, trail maintenance and vegetation monitoring. The Field Technician compiles and manages monitoring data with a spatial database and assists the Natural Resource Manager (NRM) with developing resource management plans and reports.  The Field Technician assists the Field Coordinator and NRM with training and supervising volunteers, interns, and contractors and building partnerships with other resource management agencies and organizations. Other activities include outreach activities; and vehicle, equipment, and facilities maintenance. With a heavy workload, the Field Technician is expected to manage his/ her time well and effectively prioritize day-to-day operations.  The Field Technician is expected to communicate and write effectively.  Occasional weekend work is required.



  • May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers with responsibility for training and development.
  • Networks with diverse groups, including landowners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to meet program goals and gain support for the Conservancy.
  • May work under minimal and/or distant supervision; may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain and long hours in isolated settings.   



  • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1 year of related work experience in Hawai’i natural resources management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in ecological land management and the ability to recognize Hawaiian plant and animal species as required to complete preserve management activities.                    
  • Experience operating and repairing various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g., machete, weed eater, chainsaw, two-way radio, etc).
  • Experience with software applications (e.g. Word, Excel, Web browsers, GPS/GIS).
  • Must be able to obtain Wilderness First Aid/CPR certification, helicopter safety and sling load training certification, and Hawaii State hunting license to do this job.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • 2-3 years’ experience in Hawaiian natural resources management.
  • Familiarity and ability to utilize firearms safely and holds a current Hawai’i State (or equivalent) hunting license or has successfully passed a hunter safety course.
  • Familiarity and sensitivity to issues of Hawaiian geographic and cultural diversity.
  • Trained in basic helicopter safety and external sling loads.
  • Experience with ungulate control techniques used in Hawaii: snaring, trapping, and strategic hunting with dogs.
  • Experience building and maintaining game fences in rough, uneven terrain.
  • Experience with map reading and orienteering. Must be able to navigate extremely rugged terrain using maps, compass, and GPS. Proficiency in use of ESRI ArcGIS is a plus.
  • Experience operating 4-wheel drive vehicles on mountain access roads.