Volunteer / Internship Application

 HMAR     

Thank you for your interest in Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR), the field operations arm of Hawaii Marine Mammal Alliance.  We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the preservation, recovery and stewardship of Hawaii's protected marine species and the coastal ecosystem we share.

Please complete the information requested below.  We will get in touch with you quickly.  THANK YOU for your interest in helping Hawaii's protected marine species.







I'm sorry ...
... due to insurance requirements we are not able to accept volunteers less than 16 years of age.
I'm sorry ...
... due to insurance requirements we are not able to accept interns less than 18 years of age.


I'm sorry ...
... we currently only have volunteer opportunities on the islands of Oahu and Molokai.  If you are inquiring about volunteer opportunities on islands other than Oahu and Molokai, please complete and submit this form and we will forward your information to the appropriate organization for your island.  

If you are inquiring about volunteer opportunities on Oahu or Molokai, please select either Oahu or Molokai and continue to answer the questions below and then submit this form.






Requirements, Duties and Activity Expectations of Seal Field Response Team (SFRT) Volunteers:
  • 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.
    • Being on call (standby) for possible seal field response 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 or potentially dangerous interactions.
    • Make timely and accurate reports of activities performed.

    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).
    • 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 (a smartphone is not sufficient) 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.


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... it appears the minimum requirements for this assignment haven't been met.
Any day / any time Mondays AM Mondays PM Tuesdays AM Tuesdays PM Wednesdays AM Wednesdays PM Thursdays AM Thursdays PM Fridays AM Fridays PM Saturdays AM Saturdays PM Sundays AM Sundays PM I cannot commit to at least one activity session each week.


Requirements, Duties and Activity Expectations of Turtle Field Response Team (TFRT) Volunteers:
  • 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 in turtle interventions.
    • Being on call (standby) for field response and/or assistance in 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.

    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).
    • 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.


I'm sorry ...
... it appears the minimum requirements for this assignment haven't been met.
Any day / any time Mondays AM Mondays PM Tuesdays AM Tuesdays PM Wednesdays AM Wednesdays PM Thursdays AM Thursdays PM Fridays AM Fridays PM Saturdays AM Saturdays PM Sundays AM Sundays PM I cannot commit to at least one activity session each week.


Requirements, Duties and Activity Expectations of Dispatch & Reporting Team (DRT) Volunteers:
  • 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.

    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 3 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:  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, DRT volunteers are asked to commit to at least 3 activity sessions (each session is 4 to 12 hours in length) per month, preferably on 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 volunteer 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. In addition, there are some additional mandatory trainings/meetings (approximately 3 times per year).  It is desirable for the volunteer to commit to this level of participation for at least 6 months.


I'm sorry ...
... it appears the minimum requirements for this assignment haven't been met.
Any day / any time Mondays AM Mondays PM Tuesdays AM Tuesdays PM Wednesdays AM Wednesdays PM Thursdays AM Thursdays PM Fridays AM Fridays PM Saturdays AM Saturdays PM Sundays AM Sundays PM I cannot commit to at least 3 activity sessions each month.

Requirements, Duties and Activity Expectations of Outreach & Education Team (OET) Volunteers:
  • 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.

    OUTREACH & EDUCATION TEAM (OET) 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 3 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 (OET) 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, OET volunteers are asked to commit to at least 1 activity session (each session lasting between 3 and 5 hours) per week, preferably on the same day(s) each week.  There are also some additional mandatory trainings/meetings (approximately 3 times per year).  We ask OET volunteers to commit to this level of activity for a minimum of 6 months.


I'm sorry ...
... it appears the minimum requirements for this assignment haven't been met.
Any day / any time Mondays AM Mondays PM Tuesdays AM Tuesdays PM Wednesdays AM Wednesdays PM Thursdays AM Thursdays PM Fridays AM Fridays PM Saturdays AM Saturdays PM Sundays AM Sundays PM I cannot commit to at least one activity session each week.


Requirements, Duties and Activity Expectations of Escalated Response Team (ERT) Volunteers:
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 have volunteered at least 2 times per week during that time. Your performance as a volunteer and the frequency of your participation will be evaluated after 3 months to determine eligibility to join the ERT.
  • 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 intervention activity.
    • Being on call (standby) for marine mammal and 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.

    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).
    • Able to COMMIT to a minimum of at least 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 shoreline beach and rocky 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 (a smartphone is not sufficient) with at least 35X zoom and Wi-Fi capabilities, AND access to a set of binoculars with at least 10X magnification. 

    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.


I'm sorry ...
... it appears the minimum requirements for this assignment haven't been met.
Any day / any time Mondays AM Mondays PM Tuesdays AM Tuesdays PM Wednesdays AM Wednesdays PM Thursdays AM Thursdays PM Fridays AM Fridays PM Saturdays AM Saturdays PM Sundays AM Sundays PM I cannot commit to at least two activity session each week.


Requirements, Duties and Activity Expectations of Field Response Team (FRT) Interns:
  • 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.

    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 October 31st.
    • 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

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Additional information required.
In addition to the completion of this form, to be considered for an internship position please send the following items prior to the internship application deadline via email to info@h-mar.org.org:
  • Cover letter of interest (maximum 1 page) with your availability (i.e. preferred internship period and confirmation that you have, or will have access to a reliable car or truck during the internship period.
  • Your resume or CV describing training, experience, relevant skills and GPA (maximum of 2 pages).
  • Names and contact information of three references.
Please send these items to:  info@h-mar.org
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I'm sorry ...
... access to a car, SUV or truck is required for participation as a SFRT, TFRT or OET volunteer.  If you do not have access to a vehicle you may apply to volunteer on our DRT crew.

I'm sorry ...
... access to a car, SUV or truck is required for participation as an intern.



I'm sorry ...
... volunteers or interns need to live in Hawaii during their participation with Hawaii Marine Animal Response.



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