Volunteer & Job Opportunities
Pu'u O Hoku Ranch is always looking for dedicated people who bring energy and enthusiasm to help us achieve our goals.
Whether you have a passion for beekeeping, Biodynamic farming, agroforestry, landscaping with native plants, reforestation, conservation, livestock, slow-food kitchen, hospitality or renewable energy— the odds are we have a job you could do.
We welcome self-motivated applicants with new ideas infused with respect for local customs and traditions and the social skills to work well as part of a very diverse team.
We can offer you temporary position as an intern (6 months min), or the opportunity to do field research as part of your academic education— providing you with a simple, single-bed cabin with shared kitchen and bathroom, a shared vehicle for the weekends and a stipend that varies depending on your previous work experience.
Pu’u O Hoku is situated at the very remote and subtropical east end of Molokai. If you are looking for a party atmosphere, a place to chill out or somewhere to live while surfing in Hawaii, we are NOT the right place for you. The Pu’u O Hoku team works with untiring commitment to care for land that we are in charge of stewarding.
Pu’u O Hoku
Family owned Pu’u O Hoku Ranch manages the precious forest, agricultural and pristine conservation lands on the east end of Molokai and is building a bountiful land economy. Our central business is a Retreat Center, supported by a biodynamic Farm and renewable energy sources.
We are currently searching for a Plant Manager/ Head of Maintenance.
This position is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Renewable Energy plant as well as the maintenance of the houses and other buildings on the property. He or She will work directly with the Ranch Manager and the owner. The ability to lead a team, strong communication skills and experience in Systems Management is required.
Accomplish project objectives by planning, implementing and evaluating project activities, managing a team working on the projects, coordinating outside contractors as well as doing hands-on work. Report directly to the Ranch Manager in the following areas:
- Renewable Energy – Take primary responsibility for the completion of the PV array power feeds to stand-alone grid components, wind generator and tower construction, micro hydro system installation, etc. while working in cooperation with the Ranch Manager and the outgoing renewable energy manager
- General Construction - Manage, oversee or complete general projects such as construction or renovation of dwellings and other buildings including irrigation and water systems
- System Management - Monitor and maintain various existing and future systems such as photovoltaic and wind generators, micro hydro turbines, plumbing, electric, and potable water infrastructure including deep well pump and chlorine injector.
- Planning and Coordination - Plan, budget, launch, supervise, and personally work on already scheduled and future projects in all the above areas.
- Education - Interact with and conduct tours or classes of the Renewable Energy systems for visitors and guests of the ranch.
- With the assistance of the Ranch Manager: recruit, select, orient, train, assign, schedule, coach, and counsel (volunteers and?) employees (or contractors).
- Ensure safety requirements are met daily.
- Prepare an annual budget for areas of responsibility and ensure financial objectives are met.
- Maintain skills and job knowledge through reading of professional publications; maintaining personal networks; etc
- Hands-on skills in building and maintaining renewable energy systems.
- Hands-on skills in general construction (plumbing, electric, carpentry)
- Self-reliable/ Ability to work by oneself on projects
- Willingness / ability to work in remote locations
- Team management skills
Family owned Pu’u O Hoku Ranch manages the precious forest, agricultural and pristine conservation lands on the east end of Molokai and is building a bountiful land economy.
We are currently expanding our commercial, organic beekeeping operation (80 hives at present) and search for an experienced, energetic, self-motivated, Beekeeper
You will be responsible to manage our beekeeping business including developing, harvesting and processing of valuable bee products and supporting our educational programs.
We aim to maximize the vitality of our hives in order to safeguard our long-term honey harvest. If you share our passion for bees living in accordance with their nature, are fascinated in beekeeping with swarming and natural honeycomb, value the still Varroa-free condition of our island and have the knowledge to ensure efficient production and premium quality in one of the very rare still pesticides free spots of the world, we would like to hear from you.
To join a dedicated, diverse team please apply with a letter of interest and experience, resume and references to firstname.lastname@example.org.