Join our Team

We are the largest Hawaii-based non-profit marine species response organization, covering the islands of Oahu and Molokai with our team of dedicated and hard-working volunteers, interns and staff. Our team spends 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 rescue. 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.

Be a Volunteer

Our volunteers are at the core of our work. Without these dedicated individuals we could not do the work we do.  Are you a U.S. citizen and able to commit to certain minimum activity levels to help save Hawaii’s protected species such as the Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles and seabirds? If so, learn more about each of HMAR’s volunteer programs to better understand the activities and expectations of a volunteer. After reviewing our different programs, you can submit a volunteer application.

Be an Intern

If you are a U.S. citizen and 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 in HMAR programs such as Field Support & Outreach, Marine Debris or Education & Engagement.
As an intern, it is important to note:

  • All internships are unpaid positions that do not include housing or living expenses.
  • Internships require a minimum of 20 hours per week of work for at least 3 months, and access to a personal and reliable car or truck. Full-time internships are also available.
  • Internships can be applied as college credit if your institution allows. Interns are responsible for coordinating the requirements for college credit.
  • Interns are responsible for acquiring their own needs equipment such as binoculars, hiking shoes, vehicle, fuel, camera, and other materials outlined in our application.
  • Interns must be 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and and fluent in the English language.
  • Interns must be capable of certain physical requirements due to the nature of field activities. Interns should be able to walk for 2 miles in sandy/rocky shorelines, able to carry 75 pounds for at least 100 feet, be able to swim, and capable of working in variable weather conditions.
  • You will need to submit a CV/resume, cover letter, and provide three references as part of your application process.
  • Due to the nature of HMAR’s activities, it’s essential that interns can maintain a calm demeanor in stressful situations, enjoy communicating with the public, are able to work as part of a team, and are eager to learn new skills.

Click below to learn more about each internship program, what work you will be doing, the minimum requirements, and to apply.

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