• Fish/Wildlife • Back Country/Wilderness
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Summer / Fall 2015: 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 Summer / Fall of 2015, 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.
• Botany • Back Country/Wilderness
Volunteer needed for three months at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HAVO) to assist with field and office work for focal terrestrial plant community and established invasive plant species monitoring. The two monitoring projects are long-term studies intended to detect changes in plant communities and invasive species in Hawaiian wet forests.
The volunteer will work in a group of 2-6 individuals conducting field work in the wet forest, sometimes under minimal supervision. Field work for both projects will require the establishment of temporary and permanent plots, plant identification, and extensive vegetation data collection. Projects necessitate navigation by GPS, map, and compass. Office work entails data entry into MS Access database and post-processing of field photos. Additional duties in the office or field may arise.
Applicant must have a strong background in botany/biology/ecology, an interest or knowledge of Hawaiian plants, and experience in challenging backcountry conditions. The position will require hiking extended distances (up to 10 miles/day) on and off of trails carrying a 30-40 lb. backpack in varying conditions. Applicants should anticipate hiking and working in inclement weather, on rough lava terrain and in dense wet forests. Climates range from high heat and high humidity to cold, wet, and windy climates. Transport to remote sites may involve travel in 4x4 vehicles and helicopters. Helicopter training will be completed after acceptance as necessary. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, and be able to camp overnight for up to a week at time. Some college education and plant experience are highly preferred.
The area is subject to elevated levels of volcanic fumes, particularly sulfur dioxide (SO2). Such fumes can present an immediate and cumulative health hazard, particularly to persons with breathing and heart difficulties. While every effort is taken to avoid or reduce exposure, applicants with medical or respiratory conditions such as asthma, should seriously consider their ability to work and live in these conditions before applying.
If you are interested in volunteering, please list specific relevant vegetation experience in your resume. Once accepted, the volunteer is expected to obtain a background check before starting work.
For additional information or to apply, contact the Inventory and Monitoring Biological Science Technician, Melissa Simon by email: Melissa_Simon@nps.gov
Please cc: Meagan_Selvig@Contractor.nps.gov
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Cabins Description: A meal reimbursement of $25.00 per working day (based on four-10hour days/week) and shared housing within the park will be provided. The resident community within the park is small and located in a remote area. The climate is cool and rainy year round. Volcano Village, a small community with limited services, is located 5 miles away. The nearest large city of Hilo (population 40,000) is located 30 miles from the park. Limited public transportation is available, and government vehicles are not provided for transportation not related to work activities.
• 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.