Pre-announcement: Research Specialist / Postdoctoral Researcher position
Title: Hawaiian Yellow-faced Bee Research Specialist or Postdoctoral Researcher
Job Type: Full-time position
Location: Oahu, HI
Posting Date: This is a pre-announcement
We propose to develop captive rearing, propagation and reintroduction techniques for native Hawaiian yellow-faced bee species (Hymenoptera: Colletidae), with specific emphasis on five species (Hylaeus anthracinus, H. assimulans, H. facilis, H. kuakea, and H. mana) which are candidates for protection under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Recent surveys for yellow-faced bees indicate that populations may be rarer than previously thought. While propagation of native plants is a common conservation tool, rearing of native arthropods has not yet been attempted in Hawaii. The ability to enhance or establish populations of yellow-faced bees in managed areas will not only benefit the survival of the species, but will also enable greater flexibility for State and Federal agencies tasked with management and mitigation of yellow-faced bees.
The selected individual will be responsible for the establishment of yellow-faced bee colonies, development of rearing methodologies, documentation of basic life history, and reintroduction of yellow-faced bee species into managed habitats.
Graduate level education in entomology or a related field. High competence level and demonstrated experience (at least 2 years) working with solitary bees in captivity.
NOTE: This is a 1-year, term-limited position, with the option for continued employment based on performance and funding availability.
The position is listed as a Research Specialist or Postdoctoral Researcher position because we could potentially proceed with hiring directly through the University of Hawaii at Manoa, or using the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, a contracting agency.
State of Hawaii, Dept. of Land and Natural Resources - Division of Forestry & Wildlife
Native Invertebrate Program
1151 Punchbowl Street, Rm. 325
Honolulu, HI 96813
Office: (808) 587-0019; Mobile: (808) 640-8687
Please include the following information:
A cover letter describing your interest in the position, experience, and availability
Your CV or resume