- Patrol shoreline areas to find, document and assess endangered or threatened marine species activity.
- Provide field response to specific reports of marine species haul-out or stranding activity.
- Assist in marine turtle stranding response and field intervention (Advanced Field Response Volunteer).
- While performing patrol or response activity, educate the public on endangered and threatened marine species.
- When appropriate, establish perimeters around marine animals on beaches and shorelines to decrease inappropriate and potentially dangerous interactions between marine animals, humans and pets.
- Make timely and accurate reports of activities performed.
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 or their geographic area(s) of interest.
- Attend an initial classroom orientation and training session (approximately 3 hours).
- Complete initial in-field “on-the-job” training sessions (approximately 12 to 15 hours).
- Attend additional mandatory in-field or classroom training sessions (4 to 6 times per year).
- 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.
- Ability to walk in shoreline beach and rocky conditions. (Minimum of 2 miles for Advanced Field Response Volunteer).
- Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds for 100 feet (for Advanced Field Response Volunteer).
- Background check.
- Access to a reliable car or truck. (Truck preferable for Advanced Field Response Volunteer.) 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 (4G service required for Advanced Field Response Volunteer).
- Access to a digital camera with at least 35X zoom capabilities, or access to a set of binoculars with at least 10X magnification. (One of these items is required for Advanced Field Response Volunteer assignments.)
VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY EXPECTATIONS
Field Response Volunteer – these volunteers usually participate in at least 1 or 2 activity sessions (approximately 4 hours each session) per month. Sessions can be either shoreline patrol, response to specific sightings/strandings or on-call (standby) depending on the needs of the team. Attend mandatory training/meetings (usually quarterly).
Advanced Field Response Volunteer – these volunteers commit to at least 2 activity sessions (approximately 4 hours per session) each week for a total of 8 activity sessions each month, preferably on the same days each week. Sessions can be either shoreline patrol, field response to specific sightings/strandings or on-call (standby) depending on the needs of the team. Attend mandatory training/meetings (usually quarterly). It is desirable for the volunteer to commit to this level of participation for at least 6 months.