• Botany • Computers • Science • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Volunteer(s) with Geographic Information Systems experience needed from January to April, 2017 to assist the Natural Resources Management Divisions at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Primary duties include data management, field data collection, analysis, and map production to support invasive plant removal operations. Additional duties include data entry and management and analysis of plant and animal distributions in the park and their relationship to park management. The GIS Intern will also provide products to assist resource protection and incident management operations in the park if needed. Other duties will include field mapping and data management activities in support of the park’s air quality monitoring program and to support rapid ??hi?a death (ROD) monitoring and management.
Volunteers for this position must possess a valid driver’s license and will work under the supervision of the National Park Ecologist. Occasional field work with Natural Resources crew leaders and crews of 2-3 individuals in the field will be expected. A working knowledge of GIS concepts and principles is expected at the onset, as well as practical experience using mapping and remote sensing software, handheld GPS receivers, and printers. Volunteers will gain technical knowledge in GIS data management and spatial analysis, and learn techniques to produce descriptive and strategic maps to communicate natural resource conditions and incident objectives to field crews, resource managers, and the public. Field data collection and other field duties may occur approximately 30% of the time in a wide variety of climate conditions, ranging from wet and cold to hot and dry.
A meal reimbursement of $10/working day and housing in the park will be provided. Part time volunteers (24 hours/week) will also be considered, but will not be eligible for housing. More information about the park can be found at https://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm
This 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 take to avoid or reduce exposure, if you have a respiratory condition, such as asthma, or other medical conditions, you should seriously consider your ability to work and live in these conditions before applying.
If you are interested in this exciting internship opportunity, please send a resume and cover letter outlining relevant experience, plus the names and contact information for two professional or academic references to David_Benitez@nps.gov no later than December 17, 2016, or mail to:
Division of Resources Management
PO Box 52
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718
Please also include 2 sample maps you have produced using GIS software. For additional information or inquiries, send me an email. Applications will be reviewed the week of December 19.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Cabins Description: Volunteers will stay in park housing on site. They are 2-3 bedroom cabins with restrooms, furniture and kitchen supplies provided.
• Computers • Other • Science • General Assistance
Photo Courtesy of USGS
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.
• Botany • Historical Preservation • Office/Clerical • Fish/Wildlife • Science • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Duties: Volunteer work emphasizes habitat restoration including native plant propagation and out-planting, seed collection and processing, removal of invasive plants both by hand and through chemical application of herbicide, and monitoring plant populations. Other work includes seabird and Laysan duck monitoring, marine debris removal, data entry, and equipment maintenance, along with other tasks depending on current projects and refuge needs. Volunteers are expected to work 40 hours/week with additional weekend work when necessary.
Dates: The summer season begins in March and ends September 2017. Applications are due by December 31, 2016 and crew selections will be complete by the end of January 2017. Start and end dates are not flexible due to limited flights to Midway and training requirements for new volunteers.
Requirements: Must be physically fit and able to confidently ride a bike, hike up to three miles in the sand or on uneven terrain, lift 50 pounds and be willing to spray herbicide with proper protective gear. Successful applicants must also be willing to handle albatrosses and other seabirds for banding and monitoring studies, and be willing to perform all duties in sub-tropical wind, sun, rain and humidity extremes. Must be able to swim. Volunteers should have a strong work ethic along with the ability to live and work closely with a small group of people for six months.
Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is a remote site and accessible by plane twice a month. Because of the isolated nature of this work, safety is of the utmost importance. Volunteers should be aware that evacuation for emergencies or medical issues can typically take at least 24 hours and be potentially very expensive. All volunteers will need to carry medical-evacuation insurance. A current passport is required for travel to and from Midway. Volunteers are responsible for their own travelto Honolulu. One round-trip flight between Midway and Honolulu, three meals a day, and housing at Midway are provided. Volunteer living quarters include individual bedrooms, a common living area, and a full kitchen.
Volunteers are responsible for the proper upkeep of their living quarters. The “Clipper House” on Midway serves cafeteria-style food with a wide variety of dishes, including vegetarian options and a full salad bar, courtesy of Midway’s hydroponic garden. There is also a small convenience store on Midway that provides some basics: toiletries, refreshments, etc. Because Midway is a small community where volunteers will be working and living with FWS employees and contractors, we cannot stress enough our zero tolerance policy for harassment or abuse of any kind, including alcohol or drug abuse.
Selected applicants will be sent a packet of additional information on the island, duties, and suggested items to bring, as well as required forms. These items must be submitted before the volunteer arrives for duty in Honolulu. A current physical, tetanus shot and TB test are also required.
Preference will be given to those with an educational or professional background in biology, conservation science, or botany. Habitat restoration, plant propagation, weed control, remote field, and/or bird handling experience preferred.
TO APPLY: If you are interested in applying, please email a single .pdf file that includes a cover letter, resume outlining relevant education and work experience, and three work-related references (with phone and e-mail) to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please title the file in this format: YourLastName_Spring2017.
For more information, please call: 808-954-4819.
The National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources. Over 42,000 volunteers and more than 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations support national wildlife refuges. Friends and volunteers are crucial to conserving and protecting our nation’s wildlife and teaching millions of Americans that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow.
• 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.