Waihee Ridge Strawberry Guava Control Trip Saturday 3-7-2015

Aloha mai kakou!

In honor of Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week, we invite you to join the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership for a Volunteer Stewardship Day on the Waihe’e Ridge Trail on Saturday, March 7 from 9:00am – ~2:00pm.  We will be controlling invasive Strawberry guava and talking story about the importance of a healthy watershed and threats to our native rainforests.  Strawberry guava has been recognized as one of the most invasive weeds in the state, so we appreciate your help!  We will hike about half way up the trail (~1-1.5 miles) for the control work which will involve cutting smaller diameter trees and frilling larger ones.  We will provide all the necessary tools (handsaws and gloves) and will also be using herbicide.  WMMWP staff will mainly be the ones involved in the actual herbicide, although those that feel comfortable are welcome to take part.Spots are limited, so kindly RSVP by Wednesday, March 4 by email at outreach@westmauiwatershed.org or calling us at 808-661-6600.  We look forward to seeing you!  Mahalo!

When:  Saturday, March 7

Time: 9:00am to about 2:00pm

Meeting place: Gravel parking lot just before Camp Maluhia @ Waihe’e Ridge Trail HeadDirections: From Waihe’e town follow Kahekili Hwy (340) west, turn up Maluhia Rd.(across from Mendes Ranch) and go 0.9 mi up. On the right hand side, just before Camp Maluhia, there is a large gravel lot. Meet us there!

What to bring:
Water
Lunch
Comfortable, Sturdy closed-toed footwear
Long sleeved shirt
Rain jacket or poncho
Optional: sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, camera
Gloves if you have (we will have many extras)

Waihee Ridge Volunteer Stewardship on 11/18/2014

We invite you to join the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership for a Volunteer Work Day on the Waihe’e Ridge Trail on Tuesday, November 18 from 9:00am – ~2:00pm.  We will be removing invasive Strawberry guava and talking story about the importance of a healthy watershed and threats to our native rainforests.  Strawberry guava is one of the most invasive weeds in West Maui, so we appreciate your help!  We will hike about half way up the trail (~1-1.5 miles) for the control work which will involve cutting smaller diameter trees and frilling larger ones.  We will provide all the necessary tools (handsaws and gloves) and will also be using herbicide.  WMMWP staff will mainly be the ones involved in the actual herbicide, although those that feel comfortable are welcome to take part.

Spots are limited, so kindly RSVP by Friday, November 14.  We look forward to seeing you!  Mahalo!

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Time: 9:00am to about 2:00pm

Meeting place: Gravel parking lot just before Camp Maluhia @ Waihe’e Ridge Trail Head

Directions: From Waihe’e town follow Kahekili Hwy(340) west, turn up Maluhia Rd.(across from Mendes Ranch) and go 0.9 mi up. On the right hand side, just before camp Maluhia, there is a large gravel lot. Meet us there!

What to bring:
Water
Lunch
Comfortable, Sturdy closed-toed footwear
Long sleeved shirt
Rain jacket or poncho
Optional: sunglasses, sunscreen, hat
Gloves if you have (we will have many extras)

WMMWP Field Assistant Position Opening EXTENDED

Good news!  With the coming of “Hurricane” Ana, we have extended our Field Assistant application window by one week, to Monday, October 27.  If you are one foOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAr backcountry camping, hiking in the wilderness, and protecting native species, we want YOU.  Read on below about the job duties and primary qualifications, and apply today via RCUH.com under Job Opening ID 14542.

DUTIES:  Serves as a field crew member building and maintaining fence lines, controlling feral animal populations, locating and controlling alien plant invasions using mechanical and chemical means, and monitoring native vegetation/ecosystem recovery.  Work will focus on the protection of the native Hawaiian forest and related water resources within the approximately 50,000 acres of forested watershed in the West Maui Mountains.  Majority of the work will be performed in remote locations and will require the ability to backpack up to twelve (12) miles over rough terrain or thick unmarked trail conditions with loads up to fifty (50) pounds, camp out in remote areas under extreme conditions for up to a week at a time.  Fieldwork requires working with herbicides, working in and around helicopters, and occasional rappelling.  Records detailed field data and spatial information and inputs data into Global Positioning System (GPS) and computer systems.  Maintains field equipment, tracks supply inventories, and assists with public relations activities.

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.  EXPERIENCE:  Up to one (0-1) year of experience in field activities related to Natural Resource Management.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Knowledge of native Hawaiian flora and fauna and threats from alien species.  Ability to operate power tools including chain saws, weed eaters, generators, chipper, etc.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing and to comprehend complex verbal and written instructions.  Ability to use a compass and other navigation tools and to read and navigate with topographic maps and aerial photos.   Must possess a valid driver’s license and maintain throughout duration of employment and be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle with manual transmission.  Post Offer/Employment Conditions: Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain and maintain the certificate following the training provided within three (3) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment).  Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course within six (6) months of hire and rappelling training within twelve (12) months of hire. Must be able to pass a criminal background check and obtain National Rifle Association or National Park Service and State of Hawaii Hunter Safety Program firearms certification. As a condition of employment, all certifications must be obtained and maintained as specified by the certificating agency.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Ability to hike and camp in remote areas and rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions, up to five (5) consecutive days.  Able to backpack and lift and carry fifty (50) pounds unassisted.  POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS:  As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawaii’s and/or business entity’s policies and procedures.  Violation of RCUH’s, UH’s, or business entity’s policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).

INQUIRIES:  Chris Brosius 661-6600 (Maui).

 

Make a Difference Day with WMMWP and Malama Maui Nui

Aloha dedicated volunteers,
Ready to roll up your sleeves and get dirty? The West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership is partnering with Malama Maui Nui (formerly known as Community Work Microsoft PowerPoint - Make a Difference Day flyerDay) for Make a Difference Day at Waikapu Cemetery.  On Saturday, October 25 from 8:30am to noon, we will malama the cemetery, clear away the brush, and haul away the rubbish.
Many of you may not know that way back at our beginnings, WMMWP was based in Waikapu.  The area is near and dear to us, so we would be grateful for your kokua in helping us clean it up.  See the flyer for more information.

Because spots are limited, we encourage you to RSVP now by calling us at 661-6600, emailing us at outreach@westmauiwatershed.org, or by contacting Malama Maui Nui at 877-2524.  We look forward to seeing you!

WMMWP Field Assistant Position Open

Looking for adventure?  WMMWP is looking for a new full-time Field Assistant!  IMAG5253_cropped

WMMWP FIELD ASSISTANT– ID# 14542.  Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit. Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership (WMMWP), located in Wailuku/Lahaina Districts with offices in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.  MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY:  $1,664-2,582/Mon.

DUTIES:  Serves as a field crew member building and maintaining fence lines, controlling feral animal populations, locating and controlling alien plant invasions using mechanical and chemical means, and monitoring native vegetation/ecosystem recovery.  Work will focus on the protection of the native Hawaiian forest and related water resources within the approximately 50,000 acres of forested watershed in the West Maui Mountains.  Majority of the work will be performed in remote locations and will require the ability to backpack up to twelve (12) miles over rough terrain or thick unmarked trail conditions with loads up to fifty (50) pounds, camp out in remote areas under extreme conditions for up to a week at a time.  Fieldwork requires working with herbicides, working in and around helicopters, and occasional rappelling.  Records detailed field data and spatial information and inputs data into Global Positioning System (GPS) and computer systems.  Maintains field equipment, tracks supply inventories, and assists with public relations activities.

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.  EXPERIENCE:  Up to one (0-1) year of experience in field activities related to Natural Resource Management.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Knowledge of native Hawaiian flora and fauna and threats from alien species.  Ability to operate power tools including chain saws, weed eaters, generators, chipper, etc.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing and to comprehend complex verbal and written instructions.  Ability to use a compass and other navigation tools and to read and navigate with topographic maps and aerial photos.   Must possess a valid driver’s license and maintain throughout duration of employment and be able to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle with manual transmission.  Post Offer/Employment Conditions: Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain and maintain the certificate following the training provided within three (3) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment).  Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course within six (6) months of hire and rappelling training within twelve (12) months of hire. Must be able to pass a criminal background check and obtain National Rifle Association or National Park Service and State of Hawaii Hunter Safety Program firearms certification. As a condition of employment, all certifications must be obtained and maintained as specified by the certificating agency.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Ability to hike and camp in remote areas and rugged terrain under inclement weather conditions, up to five (5) consecutive days.  Able to backpack and lift and carry fifty (50) pounds unassisted.  POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS:  As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawaii’s and/or business entity’s policies and procedures.  Violation of RCUH’s, UH’s, or business entity’s policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).

SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS:  Field work with emphasis on feral animal and alien plant control with a land management agency.  Previous fence building or construction experience.  Familiarity with computers, data entry, and use of Global Positioning System (GPS) units.  Experience working in and around helicopters and using herbicides to control weedy vegetation.  Rappelling experience.  College courses or degree in Natural Sciences.  Possess valid State of Hawaii Hunting License.

INQUIRIES:  Chris Brosius 661-6600 (Maui).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to www.rcuh.com, click on “Employment”; select “Apply” and navigate to “See Job Announcements and/or Apply for a Job.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to rcuhhr@rcuh.com. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344.  CLOSING DATE:  October 20, 2014.  EEO/AA Employer.

 

Waihee Ridge Stewardship on Saturday, May 10 and May 17

Aloha!
Come join the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership for a Volunteer Work Day on the Waihe’e Ridge Trail on Saturday May 10 or Saturday May 17 (or both!) from 9:00am – ~3:00pm.  We will be removing invasive Strawberry guava and talking story about the importance of a healthy watershed and threats to our native rainforests.  Strawberry guava is a water hog and one of the most invasive weeds in West Maui, so come help fight it!  We will hike about half way up the trail (~1-1.5 miles) for the control work which will involve cutting smaller trees and frilling larger ones.  We will provide all the necessary tools (handsaws and gloves) and will also be using herbicide.  WMMWP staff will mainly be the ones involved in the actual herbicide, although those that feel comfortable are welcome to take part.  Spots are limited, so please call (808) 661-6600 or email us at outreach@westmauiwatershed.org with your full name, phone number and the date you would like to reserve your spot.  We look forward to seeing you!  Mahalo!

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A group of volunteers works together to frill this large strawberry guava tree while another volunteer stands by, ready to apply herbicide to the cuts. Teamwork makes it possible to clear strawberry guava from Waihee Ridge.

When:  Saturday, May 10 and May 17
Time: 9:00am to about 3:00pm

Meeting place: Gravel parking lot just before Camp Maluhia @ Waihe’e Ridge Trail Head
Directions: From Waihe’e town follow Kahekili Hwy(340) west, turn up Maluhia Rd.(across from Mendes Ranch) and go 0.9 mi up. On the right hand side, just before camp Maluhia, there is a large gravel lot. Meet us there!

What to bring:
Water
Lunch
Comfortable, Sturdy closed-toed footwear
Long sleeved shirt
Rain jacket or poncho
Optional: sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, camera
Gloves if you have (we will have many extras)

Join the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership on Tuesday, April 22

Tuesday, April 22 is Earth Day!!
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Do your part this year and join the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership for a Volunteer Work Day on the Waihe’e Ridge Trail on Tuesday, April 22 from 9:00am to ~3:00pm.  We will be removing invasive Strawberry guava and talking story about the importance of a healthy watershed and threats to our native rainforests.  Strawberry guava is one of the most invasive weeds in West Maui, so come help make a difference!  We will hike about half way up the trail (~1 to 1.5 miles) for the control work which will involve cutting smaller diameter trees and frilling larger ones.  We will provide all the necessary tools (handsaws and gloves) and will also be using herbicide.  WMMWP staff will mainly be the ones involved in the actual herbicide, although those that feel comfortable are welcome to take part.  Spots are limited, so please call (808) 661-6600 or email us with your full name and phone number to reserve your spot.  We look forward to seeing you!

Also, between now and June 5, let us know if you have a group (at least 5 people) that you would like to take out on the trail, and we can try to coordinate a date.  Mahalo!

When:   Tuesday, April 22
Time: 9:00am to about 3:00pm

Meeting place: Gravel parking lot just before Camp Maluhia @ Waihe’e Ridge Trail Head
Directions: From Waihe’e town follow Kahekili Hwy(340) west, turn up Maluhia Rd.(across from Mendes Ranch) and go 0.9 mi up. On the right hand side, just before camp Maluhia, there is a large gravel lot. Meet us there!

What to bring:
Water
Lunch
Comfortable, Sturdy closed-toed footwear
Long sleeved shirt
Rain jacket or poncho
Optional: sunglasses, sunscreen, hat
Gloves if you have (we will have many extras)

WMMWP at upcoming local community events in April!

WMMWP will be hosting informational booths at two upcoming Maui community events. If you have ever been interested in conservation in West Maui, please come visit us during these great local events!

Maui County Ag Festival

Date: Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

On the first Saturday in April, Maui County Farm Bureau along with the farmers, ranchers and agricultural allies present the annual Maui County Agricultural Festival to share agriculture’s vital role in the economy, environment, and lifestyle of Maui. Held on the lū‘au grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū, this is Maui’s prime event to raise awareness about local agriculture on Maui.

Here’s an event to talk story with the people who grow our food and their industry allies, to discover what agriculture means to our communities and ‘aina, to taste fresh flavors, have fun. Hosted by Maui County Farm Bureau in partnership with Office of Economic Development, and supported by generous sponsors, the festival provides the one-stop experience of the wondrous impact of agriculture in day-to-day life.

WMMWP will be there from 9-4pm with information about West Maui Conservation Initiatives

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens – Ola Ka Honua, Earth Day 2012

MNBG’s annual Earth day Celebration is a free family event focusing on the preservation of native Hawaiian resources and culture. There will be earth friendly information booths, games, cultural demonstrations, great food and entertainment! Native Hawaiian Plants will be made available for purchase. Call 808-249-2798 or email info@mnbg.or for more information or to participate.

Date: Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Time: 9:00AM – 3:00 PM

WMMWP will have a booth at this event as well to teach about native West Maui plants, our forested watersheds and how important a diverse ecosystem is to the health of our communities!


 

WMMWP working on 5 Year Overall Management Plan and Weed Management Plan

WMMWP is working with Partners and other natural resource managers to plan for watershed protection in West Maui over the next 5 years! We are looking forward to completing these important documents and will have online versions available once they are completed.