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, seabirds and our critically important ocean ecosystem? 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 Support & Outreach 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.

FIELD SUPPORT & OUTREACH PROGRAM

As a volunteer in our Field Support & Outreach Program you will be making a positive impact on the conservation of Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles, seabirds and our critically important ocean ecosystem.  Volunteers in this program participate in a variety of important activities including public outreach, in-field response to animal sightings and providing general assessments on the condition of animals.

Participants in this program are required to volunteer for a minimum of 2 four-hour sessions each month with a 1-year commitment.

Click on the blue button below to learn more about this important program, the volunteer requirements and to submit an application to participate.

RESCUE PROGRAM

As a volunteer in our Rescue Program you will be performing activity that has a direct impact on the health and conservation of Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles and seabirds. Volunteers in this program participate in a variety of important activities including responding to stranded seals, sea turtles and seabirds. Volunteers in this program also assist in, or perform actions such as disentanglement, interventions and transport. Program participants may also provide support during natural disasters or environmental incidents that could affect protected marine species.

NOTE: Participation in the Rescue Program also requires participation in the Field Support & Outreach Program.

Volunteers in this program must have access to a reliable truck or van.  Participants in this program are required to volunteer for a minimum of 4 four-hour sessions each month with a 2-year commitment.

Click on the blue button below to learn more about this important program, the volunteer requirements and to submit an application to participate.

MARINE DEBRIS PROGRAM

As a volunteer in our Marine Debris Program you will be performing activity that directly helps Hawaii’s protected marine species and our ocean ecosystem.  Activities include maintaining marine debris collection bins, providing outreach to the public and underwater surveys for and collection of marine debris (requires additional certifications and experience).

Volunteers in this program have a minimum level of activity of 2 four-hour sessions each month with a 1-year commitment.

Click on the blue button below to learn more about this important program, the volunteer requirements and to submit an application to participate.

EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM

As a volunteer in the Education & Engagement Program, you will be doing the all-important work of informing people, educating and creating active supporters of Hawaii’s protected marine species and our critically important ocean ecosystem. The focus of this program is conducting outreach at community events, educating children and young adults in schools, creating and curating educational resource materials 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.

Volunteers in this program have a minimum level of activity of 2 four-hour sessions each month with a 6-month commitment.

Click on the blue button below to learn more about this important program, the volunteer requirements and to submit an application to participate.

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.

Volunteers in this program have a minimum level of activity of 1 four-hour session each week with a 1-year commitment.

Click on the blue button below to learn more about this important program, the volunteer requirements and to submit an application to participate.

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 blue button below to learn more about this important program, the internship requirements and to submit an application to participate.

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