An internship with the Restoration Ecology Program is a great way to get experience in natural resource management, work with rare and endangered plants, and explore areas of Hawai‘i that many people don’t even know exist. It is also an incredible opportunity to live and work in an active volcanic landscape, a National Park, and a UNESCO Biosphere and World Heritage Site. The job has many different aspects and can change day to day. You will be based at the native plant nursery, and tasks include native plant propagation and planting, vegetation monitoring, seed collection and preparation, data entry, and other activities related to program support. The work you do directly contributes to the recovery of native Hawai‘ian landscapes within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and understanding the dynamics of Hawai‘ian ecosystems.
Interns typically work in a crew of 2-3 individuals conducting field or nursery work under the supervision of a crew leader. Occasionally interns work alone in the field. Work days are Monday through Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm.Work occurs in a wide variety of climate conditions and ecological communities, varying from wet and cold to hot and dry. Interns will learn to identify anywhere from 60-90 plant species in the field for monitoring and seed collecting work. The program also plants several thousand seedlings each year for large scale restoration projects. Field work will often entail hiking, carrying heavy loads, and may occasionally include camping trips of 2-3 days in remote locations.
In addition to field work, interns spend a significant amount of time assisting with nursery operations and to a lesser extent data entry. Nursery work includes watering, weeding, transplanting, seed processing, mixing batches of soil, conducting seed/plant inventories, sweeping greenhouses and washing pots.
Applicants should have a strong background in botany, biology, or ecology, interest in native Hawai‘ian plants and vegetation communities, forest restoration, or restoration ecology and experience with fieldwork in adverse and challenging conditions. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license, able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs, able to spend all day on their feet, able to hike for up to 10 miles on uneven terrain, and able to camp in backcountry conditions for up to three days.
A food stipend of $10/working day and housing within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park are provided. The resident community within the park is small and located in a remote area at 4,000’ elevation. The climate is cool and rainy year round. The small community of Volcano Village is located 5 miles away. The nearest city is Hilo, HI, located 30 miles from the park. Public transportation is available, but government vehicles are not provided for personal use.
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 taken 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.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Cabins Description: Small cabin with kitchen and utensils. Shared room is possible, please discuss your preference during the interview phase.
• Research Library • Office/Clerical • Other
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Marine Monuments of the Pacific Office, located in Honolulu, Hawaii is looking for three Records Management Facilitator interns to assist in organizing our holdings. Our offices have extensive historical files, spanning decades, which document the management, political history, and scientific research surrounding 22 national wildlife refuges and 4 marine national monuments throughout the Pacific. The collections consist of both analog and digital records, with formats including paper, photographs and slides, motion picture film, disks, CD-ROMs, audio tapes, and electronic databases. We will be bringing on a Project Lead and a Project Assistant for the Honolulu office as well as a Project Assistant for refuge offices located on Kauai.
We are looking for three motivated, resourceful, and conscientious information professionals to become our in-house experts on all things information. The records management facilitators will be responsible for following a records schedule, organizing and digitizing files, keeping a records inventory, and disposing of files accordingly or transferring them to the National Archives and Records Administration. You will gain hands-on experience with electronic records, preservation, digitization, metadata, records management, content management systems, and other disciplines. You will also gain experience prioritizing tasks, collaborating and coordinating with other staff, establishing guidelines and best practices, networking with other information professionals for support and information sharing, and training others on policies and procedures.
The main responsibility of the rotation is to digitize and increase access to the records. Good time management skills are necessary as your daily work will be self-supervised and self-initiated. This is a particularly important skill for the the Kauai intern as he or she will need to balance their time between two refuges based on record needs. While most of the Honolulu work will be conducted in the office, there are opportunities to travel to different refuges on O'ahu based on their records needs. We will count on you to guide us by making policy recommendations, workflow decisions, and strategies for future records practices.
· Ability to work independently and make well-researched decisions with limited supervision.
· Superb organizational and planning skills.
· Ability to recognize inefficiencies and recommend practical solutions.
· Interest in a unique, nuanced project that includes many aspects of information science and other fields.
· Ability to balance theory and idealism with fiscal and logistical limitations in a non-traditional information setting.
· Ability to learn and operate various hardware devices and software programs.
· Adherence to established guidelines and policies both professional and organizational.
· A general background in biology, environmental science, or related field.
· Work experience, internship experience, or coursework in archival science, records management, library science or a combination of applicable fields.
· Experience with scanning equipment, Microsoft software, Adobe Acrobat and content management platforms.
· Experience with records retention and disposition schedules.
· Experience cataloging or working with metadata.
A 6-month, full-time (40 hours per week) schedule is preferable. However, the schedule is flexible and is negotiable depending on the needs of the office and interns.
The internship is unpaid, but we can offer free agency housing and subsidy for use of public transportation ($60 a month bus pass) for Honolulu interns and a government car for transportation to and from work for the Kauai intern. At the end of the internship, interns will be awarded $1,500. Furthermore, depending on your school’s program requirements, you may be able to receive credit for this internship.
TRAVEL AND LODGING:
The Service will provide roundtrip airfare to and from Honolulu or Kauai, including reimbursement for luggage and transportation from the airport, if necessary. Housing will be provided free of charge at a communal agency bunkhouse, which can accommodate up to seven people in Honolulu and up to thirteen people on Kauai.
Our office is located in downtown Honolulu and the agency bunkhouse is located a short walk from the Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu. Both locations are along popular bus routes. Bunkhouse residents enjoy the convenience of nearby grocery stores, drugstores, coffee shops, and a nearby library within walking distance. Our Kauai offices and rustic bunkhouse are situated on the wildlife refuge and offer an unrivaled view of native Hawaiian wildlife. There are nearby hiking trails, local shops, eateries, and a public library. Nearby beaches are accessible by bus.
Weekends, holidays, and off hours can be spent exploring Hawaii. Opportunities abound to kayak, surf, fish, stand-up paddleboard, swim, snorkel and enjoy the many beaches, parks, hiking trails, historical landmarks, and gardens.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the Service, is the world’s premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
The Records Management Facilitators will make a difference for some of the world’s most remarkable and unique natural resources as our office continues to accomplish great things in the Pacific. You will gain awareness of wildlife refuge management, island and marine ecosystems, and many endangered and unique plant and animal species. Just recently, one of our monuments, Papahanaumokuakea, was expanded by Presidential order into the largest marine protected area in the world. This internship is an amazing opportunity to see history in the making as the Service and its partners launch its management plans for the monument.
Both the Honolulu and Kauai offices are team oriented and promote a strong work/life balance. As scheduling allows, there are extracurricular opportunities available, including field trips to remote worksites, assisting in biological surveys and participation in other office functions and events.
• 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: email@example.com. 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.
• 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.
• 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.