• Botany • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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Do you love hiking the Kipukapuaulu trail and want to help protect this special native Hawaiian forest?
Please join our dedicated volunteers to help remove morning glory and invasive plants from along the trail to protect native seedlings.
Volunteers meet at the Kipukapuaulu parking lot at 9:30am on Thursdays and work until lunch. Please bring clippers or pruners, sturdy gloves, and water. Wear closed shoes and clothing that you don't mind getting permanently stained from the morning glory sap. Be prepared for cool wet or hot and sunny weather; bring water, a hat and sunscreen.
The work is done off trail in a forested area so the ground will be uneven and can be challenging to navigate.
• Natural Resources Planning • Fish/Wildlife • Science • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance
Lava viewing is one of the main attractions for visitors and one of the reasons for the creation of the park. When a lava flow is accessible to visitors by foot, safety issues arise with the low flights of air tours and other aircraft over the lava flow with up to hundreds of visitors on the ground in the same area. It is critical to have a person that can collect data on the flights, which will allow the park to have solid data from which to develop mitigations that ensure the safety of visitors on the ground, as well as protect the natural soundscape for resource protection as well as for the visitor experience, particularly in wilderness and non-wilderness backcountry areas. Collecting quantitative data and photographs will allow better management of this type of use.
Collect data regarding all aircraft (helicopter and fixed wing) flights observed, including company, location, estimated height above ground, and time of day, amount of actual flights. Timing and location of data collection will vary.
May collect soundscape-related data related to aircraft overflights.
Data entry into spreadsheet to determine flights per day, flights by company, routes utilized, etc. May also include soundscape-related data, if collected.
Additional Information regarding position:
The volunteer/intern will be trained in the methods for data collection. After training, the intern may work alone and may navigate in the field with GPS, compass, and topographic maps to remote areas of the park. The duties of this position may require strenuous physical exertion, standing, and walking for long time periods. The intern will be walking both on and off trail over rough uneven terrain often in inclement weather conditions (cold and wet or hot and dry). He/she will use computer programs to input data collected which may require extended periods of time at a computer.
After completing the defensive driving course, he/she may drive government vehicles. If the defensive driving has not been completed, he/she may be a passenger in government vehicles. Volunteer/intern will be allowed to drive personal vehicle to sites open to the public. Volunteer/intern will follow HAVO standard operating procedures and review job hazard analyses for field and office work. There may be stinging insects in the park, including wasps and bees. The area is subject to elevated levels of volcanic fumes (vog). Efforts will be made to avoid or reduce exposure. Scheduling will be on individual basis with NPS project leaders.
• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife
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Like strolling along the beach? Make a difference while enjoying it!
We have a Sanctuary Shore Naturalist volunteer position that might be made for you. Shore Naturalists engage the public by introducing the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and sharing about humpback whales and their breeding environment in Hawai‘i.
Naturalists also learn about and describe local wildlife such as sea turtles, Hawaiian monk seals, reef fish, dolphins, and whales that can be seen often along sanctuary shorelines on Maui or by using binoculars and spotting scopes. Information and natural interpretation is provided along beaches, beach walk trails, and beach access locations. Training is included without charge.
Volunteers promote sanctuary activities, respectful wildlife viewing and important beach going practices to foster understanding, appreciation and stewardship of Hawai‘i’s unique beach environment, marine sanctuary resources and oceans worldwide.
Sanctuary Shore Naturalist volunteers commit to two or more two and a half hour shifts each month, and are scheduled in teams of two or more. Initially, volunteers complete the sanctuary’s Visitor Center Docent training program to learn about the sanctuary system and local marine wildlife. Also, on-going participation in training about safety, natural interpretation, humpback whales, sea turtles, monk seals, dolphins, fish, shorebirds, marine debris, nearby points of interest, and other shoreline topics is expected, with sessions lasting one to two hours, once each month. There is no charge to volunteers for training. Volunteers collect contact data and submit short activity reports to the Supervisor or Lead Coordinating Volunteer.
Volunteers need to enjoy interacting with the public and being proactive members of a team. They must be dependable, responsible, and vigilant of beach and ocean conditions which may
affect the safety of the public and fellow volunteers. Other volunteer qualifications include:
An interest in the natural world and enthusiasm for protecting the environment.
Extensive knowledge of marine science is notnecessary, however, volunteers must be willing and able to spend the time and effort necessary to learn the material.
Ability to walk and stand on sand, beach walk trails, or uneven beach access areas during a two and a half hour shift.
Sanctuary Shore Naturalists must complete the sanctuary’s Visitor Center Docent training program which provides initial sanctuary and wildlife basics. Prior or concurrent participation is acceptable.
Duties include learning to interpret wildlife, informing the public about the sanctuary, and providing a positive interaction aimed at reducing disturbance of protected marine life.
Volunteers are not enforcement personnel and should not view themselves as such.
Shifts include planning with team members, preparing and meeting on time, accounting for and handling equipment appropriately, interacting positively with beach goers and ocean users along sanctuary shorelines, keeping count of interactions, and submitting data, a short shift report and volunteer hours after each shift in a timely manner using forms or computer technology.
Volunteers are representatives of NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and the State of Hawai‘i. They must maintain a professional appearance, attitude and demeanor at all times.
Other requirements include:
Minimum 18 years of age and US citizen.
Ability to walk and stand on beaches, beach walk trails, and beach access areas for about 2.5 hours at a time.
Willingness to safely follow directions from the coordinator or shift leaders.
Communicate via email.
Consideration of team and personal safety along with helpful, courteous, educational interaction towards beach goers and ocean users is essential.
Successful completion of a sanctuary volunteer application, interview, background check, Visitor Center Docent training, Sanctuary Shore Naturalist training, and on-going monthly training.
Volunteers are required to attend multiple training sessions that cover topics to become an effective Visitor Center Docent and Sanctuary Shore Naturalist. Classroom or lecture instruction, Visitor Center training and on-shore practical training will be provided by sanctuary staff, mentor volunteers, and other qualified individuals.
Equipment and Clothing
The sanctuary will provide sanctuary logo wear, name tag, binoculars, beach scope and stand, tote bag, and other equipment as needed. Volunteers will provide appropriate beach clothing, foot wear, reef-safe sunscreen, cell phone, reusable water bottle and snacks for themselves.
Schedules will be developed and shared each week. Days and locations will vary based on weather, target areas and team availability. Shift times will be 9:00 -11:00 AM and 11:00 - 1:00 PM. Please plan to arrive early to gather all equipment and review beach and ocean conditions.
Benefits to volunteers include gaining knowledge about marine biology, local wildlife, shoreline ecology, oceans, culture, and natural history. Spend time along beautiful beaches and share your passion for the natural world with others.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: Housing not provided.
• Computers • Other • Science • General Assistance
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The National Map Corps - Volunteer Map Editor
Volunteers collect structures data for The National Map using our online mapping application. Structures include schools, hospitals, post offices, police stations, cemeteries, and other important public buildings. Volunteers check the location of existing structure points against aerial imagery to verify that it is on the correct building, and confirm that the name and address information are correct using authoritative sources (e.g. official school district website). Volunteers also add missing structure points to the map, and remove points for structures that no longer exist. By updating and verifying structures data across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, volunteers are making significant contributions to USGS National Structures Database, The National Map, and ultimately U.S. Topo Maps!
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.
Volunteers earn virtual badges for participating and are recognized for their contributions (with permission) via USGS and The National Map social media.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: This volunteer activity is done from your home or anywhere with Internet access.