• Fish/Wildlife • Back Country/Wilderness
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Fall 2014: A 13 week minimum is required.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Since 1989, volunteers have assisted project biologists with monitoring, protecting, and collecting baseline data on nesting hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata). For the Fall of 2014, interns are needed to monitor the nesting beaches until the end of the season in December or possibly later.
Applicants are not required to have prior experience working with sea turtles. Successful applicants will be self-motivated, conservation-minded, and able to get along well with others. A positive attitude, diligent work ethic, and a love for the outdoors are a must.
• Camping from 6 up to 12 consecutive nights at remote beaches with a project technician or other trained volunteers. • Conducting nightly watches (from 5 p.m. until at least 2 a.m.) to observe nesting turtles and emerging hatchlings. • Hiking up to 12 miles (one-way) over rugged lava terrain with a 30+ pound backpack to reach field sites. • 4-wheel driving on long, bumpy roads to reach field sites. • Day-checking other nesting beaches on a regular basis to look for signs of turtle activity by hiking up to 12 miles (one-way) or 4-wheel driving. • Handling adult turtles which includes: restraining, measuring, applying flipper tags, and checking for injuries. • Ensuring that hatchlings reach the ocean by monitoring nests that are ready to hatch, rescuing stranded hatchlings, and excavating nests. • Recording baseline data, which includes keeping a field notebook, filling out data sheets, drawing maps, and entering data into the computer. • Controlling predators by baiting and checking live-traps daily and euthanizing mongooses, feral cats, and rats using carbon dioxide gas. • Picking up trash and debris along the coastline.
• Be able to commit to work on the project for a minimum of 13 weeks. Preference given to those able to commit longer. • Be at least 18 years of age. • Be a U.S. citizen. • Possess a valid driver's license (U.S. or international). • Possess current first aid and CPR card. • Be able to hike up to 12 miles over rugged lava terrain in difficult conditions with a 30+ pound backpack. • Be able to hike/ work in vog (sulphur dioxide emitted from the nearby volcano, which can be problematic for people with respiratory concerns). • Be able to stay awake late at night and work on little sleep. • Be able to get along well with others.
This is an unpaid, volunteer position. A $10 per work day food reimbursement will be provided, although additional funds are needed to supplement this for basic needs and entertainment.
Shared dorm style housing can be provided at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
• Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Work at the National Park Service Tickets and Information Desk answering visitor questions and handing out program tickets. Assist Park Rangers at the theater by mingling with visitors, helping prepare them for the start of their programs. And assist Park Rangers on the USS Arizona Memorial answering questions and guiding visitors through the memorial.
• Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Work in the exhibit galleries and throughout the visitor center providing interpretive services to visitors. Docents should have a solid foundation of knowledge regarding the history and events covered at the site so that their talks and visitor interactions are representative of the National Park Service message and mission at VALR.
• Construction/Maintenance • General Assistance
The “Adopt-a-Memorial” program allows groups to spend time taking care of a particular memorial (USS Arizona, USS Oklahoma, or USS Utah ) by cleaning up the surrounding area and making sure it is in great condition. Projects may vary.
• Visitor Information • General Assistance
Volunteer serves as a front-line representative of the National Park Service and monument. Volunteer works at a security check point, monument grounds, and parking areas for purposes of connecting with visitors. In many instances, the volunteer is the first and only contact the visiting public has with an NPS employee. Volunteer must have the ability to communicate effectively and provide excellent customer service. Volunteer may bicycle to and from a variety of parking areas disseminating information and maintains a high visibility to the visiting public deterring vehicle break-ins. Volunteer must have the ability or willing to gain the ability (bicycle training is provided) to ride a bicycle, stand, and walk for long periods of time. Volunteer should have the ability to maintain a level of physical conditioning to allow for these extended periods of physical activity.
• Botany • Soil/Watershed • Back Country/Wilderness • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Invasive Plant Removal:
Kauai, the most northerly of the major Hawaiian Islands, is the fourth largest and oldest of the seven island chain. Only 3% of the land area has been developed for commercial and residential use, leaving the remaining 97% divided between agriculture and conservation. Because the majority of island residents live and work in the coastal areas, the interior of Kauai is spectacularly beautiful and pristine. Kauai's weather is near perfect year-round with daytime temperatures ranging from the mid 70's to the mid 80's. The northeasterly trade winds provide refreshing breezes and the rain showers that usually fall in the evening and early morning hours predominate over the mountain ranges.
Waimea Canyon, described by Mark Twain as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," is ten miles long and about 3,000 feet deep. One memorable image of the canyon that will remain with you, beyond the incredible scale of it all, is the rainbow of colors that dance along the canyon peaks. From the last two lookouts there are spectacular views into Kalalau Valley, one of the most beautiful sights on the island. Koke’e State Park is at the top of the Waimea Canyon road; it is situated between the lovely Na Pali Coast on the west and Waimea Canyon on the east. The park, at 3,600 feet above sea level, is home to many native plants and brightly colored birds found only in upland Hawai'i. There are hiking trails throughout the park, offering rare opportunities for hikers at all levels of experience and fitness.
This is the second of two consecutive service projects that will focus on the removal of non-native, invasive plants and vines which threaten the existence of the native Hawaiian plants. Our partner organization on this project is the Koke'e Resource Conservation Program, the state park's exotic plants volunteer coordinators. From our base camp, we'll be making daily drives with KRCP out to the work sites throughout the park. This is a very wet place, so volunteers need good rain gear and are required to have boots with good traction for protection on the slippery surfaces. The day hikes can be a few miles. In the event of heavy rains, we may be called into action in the park's nursery.
KRCP and Koke'e State Park will arrange transportation from/to the airport. We'll stay in a private cabin home two miles outside the park, where we'll coordinate the kitchen, and use for group activities. Camping is in the large yard, spread out in tents, and there is limited space in the cabin as well. On our free day we will day hike and explore the park and its surroundings, and/or participants can visit the Koke’e Natural History Museum, a valuable resource for information about the park.
*Note: this trip requires all participants to have current health insurance (a requirement to volunteer and stay at Koke'e State Park). The leaders will provide your information to park staff.
**Note: Participants on Hawai'i projects must have paid for their airfare at least two months before the start date and furnish this information to the leaders. We have discovered that folks who do not have firm travel plans by this time often cancel, and these projects are hard to fill at the last minute.
Pre-registration and application required through Wilderness Volunteers. Wilderness Volunteers is a nonprofit organization. Service projects are all one week in duration and cost $299 to participate. Fee includes all meals and snacks for the week and Wilderness Volunteers' organization and leadership prior to, and during, the project. All volunteers must supply their own personal camping gear and transportation to/from the project. For general questions about the Wilderness Volunteers program, see www.wildernessvolunteers.org and click the About Us and More Info tabs.
To apply for this project click the Partner Opportunity Site Link above, click Apply To This Trip, and Go To The Application.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Cabin and tent camping at state park
Come share your knowledge of traditional Hawaiian arts & crafts including language, hula, weaving, lei making, pohaku carving, throwing net, etc. Weekday and weekday opportunities are available. Once a month committment for one year is preferred. Experience in Hawaiian culture REQUIRED. YOU MUST LIST YOUR SPECIFIC EXPERIENCES. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
Reliable transportation is a must. Reimbursement for supplies and materials for demonstrations may be available.
Haleakala is home to many threatened or endangered endemic species. Work will include monitoring predator trap lines, monitoring endangered bird species for nesting activity and production of young; computer data entry and other activities. A full-time commitment for a minimum of 4 months is required (spring, summer, fall, winter terms). Must have at least 2 years education leading to a Biology or Wildlife biology degree. HAWAII RESIDENTS ONLY. YOU MUST LIST YOUR SPECIFIC EXPERIENCES. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Start and end dates are flexible.
Several positions are available throughout the year. A $25/day out-of-pocket expense may be available for those that do not receive housing. Must have reliable transportation to the park. Online applications for SCA can be accessed at http://www.thesca.org.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: No in-park housing available.
• Visitor Information • General Assistance
Do you enjoy talking to people from all over the world? Then this opportunity is for you. Work with park staff assisting visitors at sunrise atop Haleakala. Assist park staff in preparing for their hikes finding overlooks, protecting endangered species and organizing parking for a hundred vehicles and hundreds of visitors. Weekday and weekend days available. YOU MUST LIST YOUR SPECIFIC EXPERIENCES. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. MINIMUM COMMITMENT 2 days per month. NO HOUSING AVAILABLE. First Aid/CPR required. First Responder desired.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: On-island applicants only. No housing available.
• Botany • Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Make a difference by leading park overnight service trips in the wilderness and educating the public. Volunteer leaders direct and supervise the work of a school, civic or informal work group on projects assigned to them by the NPS or its partners. Typical assignments include leading monthly 2-3 day wilderness service trips on behalf of the Friends of Haleakala or day trips to the park to pull weeds. Service projects include invasive species control, cabin maintenance, repair and sanitation, painting projects, and outdoor education. Group sizes are typically 12 or less with some exceptions. Position is on an as-need basis, usually four weekends per year. Minimum 25 years of age. Experience supervising others REQUIRED. Educational experience preferred. Must be comfortable hiking overnight with 40 lb pack over uneven terrain and in inclement weather. YOU MUST LIST YOUR SPECIFIC EXPERIENCES. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. NO HOUSING. Must have reliable transportation to 7000'.
• Computers • Other • Science • General Assistance
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The National Map Corp - Volunteer Map Editor
The US Geological Survey (USGS) is recruiting volunteers to collect and update USGS geographic data. Similar to how other online crowdsourcing cartographic applications allow anyone to collect, edit, and use geographic data through an online map editor, the USGS has developed an online editor customized to our data needs that allows volunteers to contribute data to The National Map.
We are looking for people like you to work with us to collect data for the USGS. The data you will collect during this project will be loaded into The National Map.
If you have access to the Internet and are willing to dedicate some time editing map data we hope you will consider participating!
You do not need to live in any particular area to participate. Our editing guidelines explain how you can contribute data from anywhere.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: This volunteer activity is done from your home or anywhere with Internet access.