• 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.
• Computers • Other • Science • General Assistance
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The National Map Corps - 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.
• 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.
• 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.