Volunteer, Internship & Employment Opportunities

Join Our Team:  We are Hawaii’s largest non-profit marine species response organization, covering approximately 300 miles of coastline on the islands of Oahu and Molokai with our team of volunteers, interns and staff. Our field response teams spend thousands of hours each year on surveys and responding to, reports of activity involving protected marine animals such as the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and endangered or threatened sea turtles to aid in species recovery research, stranding support and intervention.  Our work helps save these animals from deaths and injuries caused by disease, hookings, entanglement in marine debris and dangerous or inappropriate interaction with humans and pets. Equally important is our ability to use this extensive level of field activity as well as our presence in schools, community events and public venues to engage with tens of thousands of members of the public 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 volunteer some of your time to help save Hawaii’s endangered and threatened species such as the Hawaiian monk seal or sea turtles? Click below on the volunteer assignment 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.

SEAL FIELD RESPONSE TEAM (SFRT) VOLUNTEER DUTIES

  • Patrol shoreline areas to find, document and assess Hawaiian monk seal activity.
  • Perform land-based field response to specific reports of Hawaiian monk seal haul-out or stranding activity.
  • While performing patrol or response activity, educate the public on endangered and threatened marine species.
  • When appropriate, establish perimeters around Hawaiian monk seals on beaches and shorelines to decrease inappropriate and potentially dangerous interactions.
  • Make timely and accurate reports of activities performed.

LOCATION(S)

Areas that require volunteer support encompass all of the shoreline areas of Oahu and Molokai but volunteers are assigned duties based on where the volunteer lives and/or their geographic area(s) of interest.

SEAL FIELD RESPONSE TEAM (SFRT) VOLUNTEER GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Attend an initial classroom orientation and training session (approximately 2 hours).
  • Complete initial in-field “on-the-job” training sessions (approximately 10 to 15 hours).
  • Attend additional mandatory in-field or classroom training sessions (approximately 3 times per year).
  • Be able to COMMIT to a minimum of at least one 4-hour activity session EACH week, preferably on the same day and time each week.
  • Possess an interest and a desire to engage with the public.
  • Be at least 18 years old.  If not 18 years old, you must be 16 years of age or older and will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian that has completed the applicable volunteer training.
  • Reside on the island of Oahu or Molokai in the State of Hawaii.
  • Ability to walk in sandy, rocky and sometimes unstable shoreline conditions for 1 mile.
  • Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 35 pounds for 100 feet in shoreline beach and rocky conditions.
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor in potentially stressful conditions.
  • Possess a team-based work ethic and attitude.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Access to a reliable car or truck.  Motorcycles or scooters will not be sufficient.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • Proof of automobile insurance carrying Hawaii minimum liability coverage levels.
  • Access to a cellular phone with 4G data service and camera.
  • Access to a digital camera (not a smartphone) with at least 35X zoom and Wi-Fi capabilities, OR access to a set of binoculars with at least 10X magnification. (One of these items is required.)

SEAL FIELD RESPONSE TEAM (SFRT) VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY EXPECTATIONS

Working to help endangered Hawaiian monk seals is an important job and volunteers become part of a team effort. Therefore, we ask SFRT volunteers to make a commitment to being available to help for at least 1 four-hour activity session each week, preferably the same days and times each week. This makes it easiest for volunteers to know when they will be needed in advance and helps HMAR in managing our critical response resources. It is important that the days and times you commit to are reserved for HMAR volunteer activity because other team members and endangered animals are counting on you during the days and times chosen. Depending on the needs of the team at the time, during your scheduled session(s) you’ll be asked to conduct shoreline patrols, respond in the field to specific sightings or to be on-call for a response. In addition, we ask volunteers to attend mandatory trainings or meetings which usually occur 3 times per year. We ask SFRT volunteers to commit to this level of activity for a minimum of 1 year.

TURTLE FIELD RESPONSE TEAM (TFRT) VOLUNTEER DUTIES

  • Perform land-based field response to specific reports of endangered or threatened sea turtle stranding activity.
  • Assist staff or other Escalated Response Team (ERT) members with sea turtle interventions.
  • Being on call (standby) for field response and/or assistance with sea turtle strandings and interventions.
  • While performing response activity, educate the public on endangered and threatened marine species.
  • Make timely and accurate reports of activities performed.

LOCATION(S)

Areas that require volunteer support encompass all of the shoreline areas of Oahu and Molokai but volunteers are assigned duties based on where the volunteer lives and/or their geographic area(s) of interest.

TURTLE FIELD RESPONSE TEAM (TFRT) VOLUNTEER GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Attend an initial classroom orientation and training session (approximately 1 hour).
  • Complete initial in-field “on-the-job” training sessions (approximately 2 to 4 hours).
  • Attend additional mandatory in-field or classroom training sessions (approximately 1 time per year).
  • Be able to COMMIT to a minimum of at least one 4-hour activity session EACH week, preferably on the same day and time each week.
  • Possess an interest and a desire to engage with the public.
  • Be at least 18 years old.  If not 18 years old, you must be 16 years of age or older and will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian that has completed the applicable volunteer training.
  • Reside on the island of Oahu or Molokai in the State of Hawaii.
  • Ability to walk in sandy, rocky and sometimes unstable shoreline conditions for 1 mile.
  • Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds for 100 feet in shoreline beach and rocky conditions.
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor in potentially stressful conditions.
  • Possess a team-based work ethic and attitude.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Access to a reliable car or truck.  Motorcycles or scooters will not be sufficient.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • Proof of automobile insurance carrying Hawaii minimum liability coverage levels.
  • Access to a cellular phone with 4G data service and camera.

TURTLE FIELD RESPONSE TEAM (TFRT) VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY EXPECTATIONS

Working to help endangered and threatened sea turtles is an important job and volunteers become part of a team effort. Therefore, TFRT volunteers are asked to commit to being available to help for at least 1 four-hour activity session each week, preferably the same days and times each week. This makes it easiest for volunteers to know when they will be needed in advance and helps HMAR in managing our critical response resources. It is important that the days and times you commit to are reserved for HMAR volunteer activity because other team members and protected marine animals are counting on you during the days and times chosen. Depending on the needs of the team at the time, during your scheduled session(s) you’ll be asked to respond in the field to turtle strandings or to be on-call for a response. In addition, we ask volunteers to attend mandatory trainings/meetings which occur about 3 times per year.  We ask TFRT volunteers to commit to this level of activity for a minimum of 1 year.

PLEASE NOTE:  To apply for participation on the Escalated Response Team (ERT) you must first have participated as a member of the Seal Field Response Team or the Turtle Field Response Team for a minimum of 3-months and volunteered at least twice weekly during that time.

ESCALATED RESPONSE TEAM (ERT) VOLUNTEER DUTIES

  • Patrol shoreline areas to find, document and assess endangered marine mammal or sea turtle activity.
  • Patrol off-shore islets to find, document and assess endangered marine mammal or sea turtle activity.
  • Perform land-based field response to specific reports of marine mammal haul-out or stranding activity.
  • Perform land-based and in-water sea turtle stranding and field intervention activity.
  • Assist with land-based marine mammal field intervention activity.
  • Being on call (standby) for potential marine mammal or sea turtle stranding and/or intervention activity.
  • While performing patrol or response activity, educate the public on endangered and threatened marine species.
  • When appropriate, establish perimeters around marine mammals on beaches and shorelines to decrease inappropriate and potentially dangerous interactions between marine mammals, humans and pets.
  • Make timely and accurate reports of activities performed.

LOCATION(S)

Areas that require volunteer support encompass all of the shoreline areas of Oahu and Molokai but volunteers are assigned duties based on where the volunteer lives and/or their geographic area(s) of interest.

ESCALATED RESPONSE TEAM (ERT) VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

  • Attend an initial classroom orientation and training session (approximately 2 hours).
  • Complete initial in-field “on-the-job” training sessions (approximately 15 to 20 hours).
  • Attend additional mandatory in-field or classroom training sessions (approximately 6 times per year).
  • Be able to COMMIT to a minimum of 2 four-hour activity sessions EACH week, preferably on the same days and times each week.
  • Possess an interest and a desire to engage with the public.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Reside on the island of Oahu or Molokai in the State of Hawaii.
  • Ability to walk in sandy, rocky and sometimes unstable shoreline conditions for 2 miles.
  • Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 75 pounds for 100 feet in shoreline beach and rocky conditions.
  • Ability to swim.
  • Experience with small boat operations and open ocean in-water environments desired.
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor in potentially stressful conditions.
  • Possess a team-based work ethic and attitude.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Access to a reliable car or truck (truck preferable).  Motorcycles or scooters will not be sufficient.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • Proof of automobile insurance carrying Hawaii minimum liability coverage levels.
  • Access to a cellular phone with 4G data service and camera.
  • Access to a digital camera (not a smartphone) with at least 35X zoom and Wi-Fi capabilities, OR access to a set of binoculars with at least 10X magnification. (One of these items is required.)

ESCALATED RESPONSE TEAM (ERT) VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY EXPECTATIONS

Working to help endangered and threatened Hawaiian monk seals and sea turtles is an important job and volunteers become part of a team effort. Therefore, ERT volunteers are asked to commit to at least 2 four-hour activity session each week, preferably the same days and times each week. This makes it easiest for volunteers to know when they will be needed in advance and helps HMAR in managing our critical response resources. It is important that the days and times you commit to are reserved for HMAR volunteer activity because other team members and protected marine animals are counting on you during the days and times chosen. Depending on the needs of the team, sessions can be either shoreline patrol, off-shore patrol, field response to specific sightings/strandings, being on-call (standby), land-based and in-water escalations, interventions, training activity or small boat operations. There are some additional and mandatory trainings/meetings each year. It is required for the ERT volunteer to commit to this level of participation for at least 1 year. Due to the elevated skills requirements and risks associated with certain ERT activity, the participation in specific ERT activity by specific ERT volunteers is determined by HMAR in its sole discretion.

DISPATCH & REPORTING TEAM (DRT) VOLUNTEER DUTIES

  • Take phone calls, emails and web form submissions of endangered and threatened marine species sightings and animals in distress from the public, government agencies and staff/volunteers.
  • Coordinate as needed with law enforcement and/or other government agencies in escalated situations.
  • Completion of computerized dispatch reports and contact appropriate personnel for field response.
  • Enter field data into reports
  • Update internal social media streams.
  • Update and create activity reports.

LOCATION(S)

This is a virtual volunteer position and the volunteer can work from home or another location where there is reliable phone service, reliable high-speed Internet access and a minimum of background noise.

DISPATCH & REPORTING TEAM (DRT) VOLUNTEER GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Attend a classroom orientation and training meeting (approximately 2 hours).
  • Complete initial in-field “on-the-job” training sessions (approximately 12 to 15 hours).
  • Attend additional mandatory in-field or classroom training sessions (approximately 4 times per year).
  • Reside on the island of Oahu or Molokai in the State of Hawaii.
  • Possess an interest and a desire to engage with the public.
  • Can perform more than one important activity at the same time.
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor in potentially stressful conditions.
  • Possess a team-based work ethic and attitude.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Access to a reliable computer, phone and Internet service.
  • Experience with computer applications such as Microsoft Excel, Word, accounting software, database software, etc.
  • Pass a background check.

DISPATCH & REPORTING TEAM (DRT) VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY EXPECTATIONS

We ask DRT volunteers to commit to at least 3 activity sessions (each session is 4 to 12 hours in length) per month, preferably on the same day each week.  Attend mandatory training/meetings (approximately 3 times per year).  It is desirable for the volunteer to commit to this level of participation for at least 6 months.

OUTREACH & EDUCATION TEAM (OET) VOLUNTEER DUTIES

  • Conduct presentations and outreach activity at educational venues and public engagement activities.  Educate children and adults and share material concerning our organization and endangered/threatened marine species.
  • Update internal social media streams.
  • Update and create activity reports.

LOCATION(S)

This positions requires on-island travel to education and outreach venues.

OUTREACH & EDUCATION TEAM (EOT) VOLUNTEER GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Attend an initial classroom orientation and training meeting (approximately 2 hours).
  • Complete initial 12-15 hours of in-field “on-the-job” Field Response Team training.
  • Attend additional mandatory in-field or classroom training sessions (approximately 4 times per year).
  • Possess an interest and a desire to engage with the public.
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor in potentially stressful conditions.
  • Possess a team-based work ethic and attitude.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Reside on the island of Oahu or Molokai in the State of Hawaii.
  • Access to a reliable car.  Motorcycles or scooters will not be sufficient.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • Proof of automobile insurance carrying Hawaii minimum liability coverage levels.
  • Access to a cellular phone with 4G service and camera.
  • Experience with computer applications such as Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Pass a background check.

OUTREACH & EDUCATION TEAM (EOT) VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY EXPECTATIONS

OET volunteers usually commit to at least 1 to 2 activity sessions (each session lasting between 3 and 5 hours) per week, preferably on the same day each week.  Attend mandatory training/meetings (approximately 4 times per year).  It is desirable for the volunteer to commit to this level of participation for at least 6 months.

FIELD RESPONSE TEAM (FRT) INTERN DUTIES

  • Surveying for, or responding to sightings of, endangered or threatened marine species such as Hawaiian monk seals and sea turtles to provide shoreline response to haul-outs and strandings.
  • Perform land-based field response to reports of marine mammal haul-out or stranding activity.
  • Perform land-based and in-water marine turtle stranding and field intervention.
  • Report on animal behavior, provide basic animal assessment information, provide photo-documentation and other important data used in endangered marine species research, health management and species recovery efforts.
  • Perform outreach to the public to teach sustainable human interaction and fishery behaviors and encourage stewardship of Hawaii’s endangered and threatened marine species.
  • Response team duties may also include escalated or emergency field response and assisting with endangered or threatened marine species intervention activity and stranding support.
  • Participate in dispatch and reporting activity such as the taking and documenting of phone calls or mobile-app generated reports of marine species activity, coordinating field response activity, data entry and generating reports.

LOCATION

These positions require on-island travel throughout the island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii.

FIELD RESPONSE TEAM (FRT) INTERN GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • This is an un-paid internship opportunity that requires the intern to live on the island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii for the period beginning 2 weeks prior to the start of the internship until the end of the internship.  The intern is responsible for all lodging, living and transportation costs associated with the internship.
  • U.S. citizenship or possession of passport and all applicable visas and work permits needed prior to and during the internship period.
  • 18 or more years of age.
  • English language fluency.
  • Must be a degree-seeking student or a graduate of a college or university program associated with one of the following courses of study: marine biology, marine ecology, conservation or a related field.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA).  For college/university graduates – a 2.7 cumulative GPA prior to the internship. For current students – a 2.7 cumulative GPA prior to and during the internship.
  • College credit: If college credit for this internship is desired it is the intern’s responsibility to obtain necessary approvals from the applicable college or university.
  • Ability to walk in sandy, rocky and sometimes unstable shoreline conditions for 2 miles.
  • Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 75 pounds for 100 feet in shoreline beach and rocky conditions.
  • Ability to swim required.
  • Experience with small boat operations and open ocean in-water environments (desired but not required).
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor in potentially stressful conditions.
  • Possess a team-based work ethic and attitude.
  • Acceptance of our Intern Policies, Waivers, Releases and Indemnifications.
  • Attend mandatory in-field or classroom training sessions as required.
  • Possess an interest and a desire to engage with the public.
  • Must have access to a reliable car or truck (truck preferred) during the internship period. Motorcycles or scooters will not be sufficient.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • Proof of automobile insurance carrying Hawaii minimum liability coverage levels.
  • Access to a cellular phone with 4G data service and camera.
  • Access to binoculars with at least a 10X magnification level, OR access to a digital camera (not a smartphone) with at least a 35X zoom lens and Wi-Fi capability.  One of these two items is required.
  • Pass a background check.

FIELD RESPONSE TEAM (FRT) INTERNSHIP ACTIVITY EXPECTATIONS

  • Internship term: Minimum of 3 months (may be extended for up to 1 year upon mutual agreement)
  • Hours per week: 20 hours minimum however due to the unpredictable nature of marine animal response, the intern may sometimes be required to work beyond their normal scheduled hours.  Travel time to and from training locations, field survey locations or response locations is not included in these minimum hours. The intern must be able and willing to work flexible hours including weekends and holidays.
  • The intern is expected to be available for response anywhere on the Island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii.

FIELD RESPONSE TEAM (FRT) INTERNSHIP PERIODS AND APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • Internship period – January 1st to April 30th each year. 3-month internship must be completed during this 4-month period. Application deadline is the prior November 30th.
  • Internship period – May 1st to August 31st each year. 3-month internship must be completed during this 4-month period. Application deadline is the prior March 31st.
  • Internship period – September 1st to December 31st each year. 3-month internship must be completed during this 4-month period. Application deadline is the prior July 31st

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • VOLUNTEER APPLICANTS: Please click on the box below to apply for a volunteer assignment.  You will receive information about the next orientation class.
  • INTERN APPLICANTS:  Please click on the box below to apply for a volunteer assignment.  In addition to completion of the online application, please submit the following information via email to info@h-mar.org. (1)  A cover letter of interest, maximum of 1 page, including your availability (i.e. preferred internship period).  (2) Confirmation that you have, or will have, access to a reliable car or truck during the internship period (truck preferred).  (3)  A resume describing your training, experience, relevant skills and GPA (maximum of 2 pages).  (4) Names and contact information for three references.

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