Learn about Watersheds! UH Manoa February 8th 2017

Watershed Partnerships 2017 RFP

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources seeks to fund the
implementation of projects undertaken by watershed partnerships in accordance with
approved watershed management plans negotiated with private landowners. Multiple
awards will be made under this request for proposals. Final awards are subject to the
availability of funds or State budget restrictions and procedures.
Approximately $2.5 million dollars from the General Fund is available through this RFP.

Please see the RFP here: Request For Proposals No. WP17

2016 WCC Hawaii – Experience Proposals

In September 2016 Hawai`i will welcome 8,000 participants from over 160 countries at the IUCN 2016 World Conservation Congress. Although the Congress sessions will be held at the Hawai`i Convention Center, we have the opportunity to bring the Congress to our communities via excursions and pre and post experiences, and to share how Hawai`i is incorporating modern science and indigenous knowledge in the spirit of true Aloha to help preserve and sustain our environment and our culture. It will also be an opportunity to learn from conservation experts around the world of their challenges and best practices.

The 2016 WCC Hawaii Host Committee is inviting  those that are interested in hosting the participants of the IUCN 2016 World Conservation Congress to submit their proposals for excursions and pre and post experiences by filling out this  form .
The selection timeline for the excursions and pre and post proposals is as follows:

September 4, 2015: Date due for proposals.

September 8-16, 2015: Review and vetting of proposal by each county

September 17-28, 2015: Review and selection of proposals by the Host Committee Programs Excursions and Pre/Post Working Group and IUCN.

October 9, 2015: Launch of the registration web site.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SUBMITTED OR ARE PLANNING ON SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSALS THROUGH YOUR COUNTY/ISLAND: Please check with your county contact to see if you will be included in their information, or if you should submit directly via this form.

Kaua`i: Margaret Clark – mclark@ntbg.org (mailto:mclark@ntbg.org)
Maui: Rob Parsons – robert.parsons@co.maui.hi.us (mailto:robert.parsons@co.maui.hi.us)
Hawai`i (Big Island): Ross Birch – rbirch@hvcb.org (mailto:rbirch@hvcb.org)

O`ahu – Please submit your proposals via this form.

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)

Registration Closes Jan 29th! HAWP Workshop 2015 – Conservation Innovation: Imagery at Different Scales

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Image: Ryan Perroy and the UAV team from UH-Hilo prepare to deploy a UAV-mounted imagery system at the Pelekane Bay watershed project of the Kohala Watershed Partnership. Photo by KWP.

                                                 Date: Thursday, February 5th, 2015

                                                             Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

                                          Location: Fleet Reserve Association Branch 46
                                                             891 Valkenburgh Street 
                                                                Honolulu, HI 96818

Registration fee: $35 per person (includes lunch and refreshments)

The Hawaii Association of Watershed Partnerships (HAWP) presents a capacity building workshop for conservation professionals statewide. The workshop will highlight innovative approaches in conservation and natural resource management, specifically imagery and image technology. Sharing technology-based practices is critically important for resource managers to keep pace with rapidly expanding technologies and applications. The workshop will feature presentations on satellite imagery applications and advances, LIDAR, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), remote camera applications, and field applications for smart tablets.

Presentation blocks will include panel discussions with the speakers and a demonstration session at the end of the day where workshop participants can test out equipment, imagery and engage presenters.

Featured topics and speakers include:

Satellite transmission collars for tracking pigs
Chris Miller, DOFAW

A new Cyanea from the Hawaiian Islands; taxonomy, and a novel approach to monitoring remote species             Maggie Sporck Koehler, Division of Forestry and Wildlife

Gigapan high resolution imagery
Will Weaver, O‘ahu Army Natural Resources Program

UAVs for resources conservation
Ryan Perroy, University of Hawaii at Hilo

Pictometry
Jim Jacobi, USGS

Using satellite imagery for landscape-scale monitoring
John Pipan

Utility of Google Nexus tablets and the Locus Map Pro application for navigation and data collection                                     Chris Radford, West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership

Using  ArcGIS Viewshed Analysis to define effectively surveyed areas (for weeds detected during aerial surveys in watershed topography)
Brook Mahnken,  Maui Invasive Species Committee

Use of the Surface Pro 2 for Aerial GPS Data Collection                                                                                                                     Russell Kallstrom, TNC/EMoWP

Here’s an app for that:  Offline smartphone data collection for the field
Sam Aruch, Natural Resource Data Solutions

ESRI mobile and desktop applications to streamline data flow from the field to the office
Nikhil Inman-Narahari, PTA

Registration link  is UP! (Please note: the website only accepts credit cards. No purchase orders or checks.)

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/conservation-innovation-imagery-at-different-scales-tickets-14737663749?aff=eorg

 

 

 

Auwahi Volunteer Trip December 12th, 2014

Best Group shotAloha no,

Every time we get together on the mountain at Auwahi with good people doing meaningful work is truly a blessing. Some trips though, often for seemingly the most subtle of reasons, are extra special. Our most recent volunteer trip was one of those days.

We want to thank all those who contributed to the success of that weeding and out planting trip. Foremost of these, of course, are the incredible core of Maui volunteers, Alex, Ann, Art, Ben, Bob, Dan, Erica, Greg, Kailie, Keahi, Kiana, Mia, Mike, Robert, Scott, Stuart, Tim, William and Zane. Mahalo loa to you all. A successful planting is like a well-timed relay race and requires the expertise of our special Maui native plant cultivators, specifically, Jonathan and Ethan at Native Nursery, Anna and Don at Ho’olawa Farms, and in the case of our last trip, a very special gift from Martha Vockrodt and Fleming Arboretum of kauila (Alphitonia ponderosa auwahiensis) seedlings which in batches are being returned to their native homes.

 

View from rocky ridge to coastThe magic of forest restoration continues on Friday, December 12th, as we head back to Auwahi forest to do more hana pono probably some weeding, planting and seed collecting. Just so you know we receive about twice as many requests to participate as we have room to accommodate in our four wheel drive vehicles. Toward the aim of filling every seat on every trip, once you are confirmed to come on a trip, if you need to cancel please let us know as soon as possible so we can fill your seat.

Christmas time in the mountains is often cold and wet but when it is clear, it can be startlingly beautiful. So if you are in good shape and want to help out, please grab a jacket and hat and let us know if you can join us. Please reserve your seat by contacting auwahi@yahoo.com.

 

Where: ʻUlupalakua Ranch Store

When: Friday, December 12th, 2014 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Due to the rough and steep terrain, WE REQUIRE HIKING BOOTS TO BE WORN THAT COVER THE ANKLE, and unfortunately, we will have to turn folks away without proper boots. We have some extra boots you can borrow but please bring your own socks. Plan to pack layered clothing, rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. Please clean all your gear, backpacks and boots to leave hitchhiking seeds behind.

Mahalo loa,

Maui Restoration Group

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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!

When:  Tuesday, November 18PublicTrip_AMW_photouseOK (14)

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.