Volunteer, Internship & Employment Opportunities

Join Our Team:  We are Hawaii’s largest non-profit marine species response organization, covering the islands of Oahu and Molokai with our team of volunteers, interns and staff. Our field response teams spend thousands of hours each year responding to calls involving protected marine species such as Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles and seabirds to provide shoreline response, stranding assistance, outreach, health management and interventions. Our work helps save these animals from deaths and injuries caused by hookings, entanglement, disease, and potentially dangerous or inappropriate interaction with humans and pets. This extensive presence in the field, combined with regular outreach and education activity in schools, community events and public venues allows us to engage with tens of thousands of people each year to build understanding, stewardship and support for Hawaii’s protected marine species and the coastal ecosystem we share.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Our volunteers are at the core of our work. Without these dedicated individuals we could not do the work we do.  Can you commit to a certain minimum volunteer activity level to help save Hawaii’s protected species such as the Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles and seabirds? If so, click below on the volunteer assignment(s) of your interest.  Learn more about what these volunteers do, and how to sign up.

Internship Opportunities:  If you are a degreed or degree-seeking individual engaged in fields of study such as marine biology, ecology, ocean sciences or related fields, we offer internship opportunities on our Field Response Team.  Review the opportunity below and click on the link in the box below to apply.

Employment Opportunities:  When employment opportunities are available to join our staff team, they will be posted on this page and accessible by clicking on the “Employment Opportunities” link below.

MARINE MAMMAL RESPONSE & SUPPORT PROGRAM

As a volunteer in our Marine Mammal Response & Support Program you will be making a positive impact on the conservation and recovery of the Hawaiian monk seal species.  Volunteers in this program participate in a variety of important activities including field response, public outreach on shorelines, surveying for animals of concern and identifying possible animal health issues. Advanced volunteers in this program may also assist in animal escalations, interventions, strandings or provide support during natural disasters or environmental incidents that could affect monk seals.

Click on the blue button below to learn more about this important volunteer program, the associated volunteer requirements and the minimum activity needed.

SEA TURTLE RESPONSE & SUPPORT PROGRAM

As a volunteer in our Sea Turtle Response & Support Program you will be performing activity that has a direct impact on the conservation and recovery of sea turtles in Hawaii. Volunteers in this program participate in a variety of important activities including responding to stranded turtles, animal condition assessment, public outreach on shorelines and surveying for turtle nests. Advanced volunteers in this program that have a truck, van or a SUV perform interventions (such as disentanglement and animal transport) and may provide support during natural disasters or environmental incidents that could affect sea turtles.

Click on the blue button below to learn more about this important volunteer program, the associated volunteer requirements and the minimum activity needed.

SEABIRD RESPONSE & SUPPORT PROGRAM

As a volunteer in our Seabird Response & Support Program you will be performing activity that directly helps Hawaii’s seabirds such as monitoring important nesting activity (such as Albatross nesting), providing public outreach in the field and surveying seabird nesting habitat. Advanced volunteers in this program also respond to downed or injured seabirds that need aid and transport for medical help, and may provide support during natural disasters or environmental incidents that could affect seabirds.

Click on the blue button below to learn more about this important volunteer program, the associated volunteer requirements and the minimum activity needed.

DISPATCH & REPORTING PROGRAM

As a volunteer in our Dispatch & Reporting Program you will be performing critical activity that helps Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles and seabirds. Volunteers in this program take phone calls from members of the public and government agencies, assist in dispatching responders as needed and document important information that is used in protected species management and research.

Click on the blue button below to learn more about this important volunteer program, the associated volunteer requirements and the minimum activity needed.

OUTREACH & EDUCATION PROGRAM

As a volunteer in the Outreach & Education Program, you will be doing the all-important work of informing people, educating and creating active supporters of Hawaii’s protected marine species. The focus of this program is conducting outreach at community events, educating children and young adults in schools and teaching businesses that work near or in the ocean ecosystem important information about marine species. This is critical work that has an immediate and lasting effect on protected marine animals and our shared ocean ecosystem.

Click on the button below to learn more about this important volunteer program, the associated volunteer requirements and the minimum activity needed.

MARINE ANIMAL RESPONSE & SUPPORT INTERNSHIP

As an intern in our Marine Animal Response & Support Program, you’ll learn important skills that will be important in a marine animal conservation career. You will be helping the rare Hawaiian monk seal, the threatened Green sea turtle, the endangered Hawksbill sea turtle and several species of protected seabirds. You will participate in, and perform activity including field response, animal condition assessment, intervention (such as disentanglement) and transport. You will conduct outreach and education functions in the field to teach the public about protected marine species and the importance of a healthy ocean ecosystem.  You will also assist in the all-important functions of data collection, hotline management and dispatching of field responders.

Click on the button below to learn more about this important internship program, the associated intern requirements and the minimum activity needed.

Thank you for your interest in Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR).  We currently have no open employment opportunities.