• Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
1 to 2 8-hour days per week, working in the Protection Division or Maintenance Division. Duties are providing safety and orentation around Ohe'o pools, roving trails and water fall areas, and insuring visitors are staying safe and not in hazardous areas. Other duties are assisting trail crew with trail projects and signage, working in native gardens around visitor centers pulling weeds, caretaking native landscapes, organizing equipment and supplies, and servicing vehicles as needed. Helping in the visitor center orienting visitors and offering short guided hikes are other duties depending on background and skill level.
• 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 Corp - 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.
• Fish/Wildlife • Science • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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Biological Program Volunteer
Duties: Volunteer work will include seabird and Laysan duck monitoring, habitat restoration, native plant propagation and outplanting, removal of invasive plants both by hand and through chemical application of herbicide, marine debris removal, data entry, and equipment maintenance, along with other tasks depending on current projects and refuge needs. Volunteers are expected to work a minimum of 40 hours/week with additional weekend work when necessary.
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. Preferred skills include ability to swim/snorkel. Successful applicants must also be willing to handle albatrosses and other seabirds for banding and monitoring studies, and willing to perform all duties in sub-tropical wind, sun, rain and humidity extremes. Volunteers should have a strong work ethic along with the ability to live and work closely with a small group of people for four months.
Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is a remote site and accessible only 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. 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.
A minimum 16-week commitment is required. One round-trip flight between Midway and Honolulu, and housing at Midway are provided. Volunteers are responsible for their own travel to Honolulu as well as the cost of meals while on Midway. A current passport is required for travel to and from Midway.
Volunteer living quarters on Midway are comfortably furnished and include individual bedrooms, a common living area, and a full kitchen. Volunteers are responsible for the proper upkeep of their living quarters and individuals are responsible for paying for their meals eaten. The rate is currently $3 for breakfast, $4 for lunch, and $5 for dinner. 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 store on Midway that provides some basic food and necessities.
Applicants who are selected as volunteers 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.
Volunteer time periods and application deadlines; exact start times may vary depending on plane schedules, and selected individuals should coordinate travel plans with Midway staff prior to departing home:
November - February, applications due between July 1 and August 1
March - June, applications due between November 1 and December 1
July - October, applications due between March 1 and April 1
If you are interested in more than one time period, a separate application for each time period is required. Because of the large number of applications received, preference will be given to those with a science/biology degree, remote field experience, bird banding experience, and/or habitat restoration experience.
To Apply: If you are interested in applying, please email a pdf single file that includes a cover letter, brief résumé outlining relevant education and work experience, three work-related references (with phone and e-mail), and your dates of availability to: Meg_DuhrSchultz@fws.gov. For more information call: 808-772-5317.
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.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Cabins Description: Volunteers share comfortable houses with private rooms and shared bath. Meals are provided at the resident rate ($12/day).
• 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.