Volunteer / Internship Application

 HMAR     HMMA

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.


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... 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.






The Field Response Volunteer position assignments require ...
  • Access to a reliable car or truck as needed. Motorcycles or scooters are not sufficient.
  • Valid drivers license
  • Current vehicle insurance with State of Hawaii minimum liability coverage.
  • Access to a cell (3G or 4G capability recommended).
  • Physical abilities (to comply with our additional medical insurance coverage for volunteers): Ability to walk in shoreline beach and rocky conditions.
  • Suggested minimum activity of 1 or 2 volunteer sessions per month. Each session is usually a minimum of 4 hours in length. Activity is either being on call to respond as needed, or actual field response/survey.

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The Advanced Field Response Volunteer assignments require ...
  • Access to a reliable car or truck as needed. Truck preferable. Motorcycles or scooters are not sufficient.
  • Valid drivers license.
  • Current vehicle insurance with State of Hawaii minimum liability coverage.
  • Access to a cellular phone (4G data capable required).
  • Physical abilities (to comply with our additional medical insurance coverage for volunteers): Ability to walk at least 2 miles over shoreline beach and rocky conditions, and the ability to lift and carry at least 50 pounds over 100 feet.
  • Advanced Field Response Volunteers are expected to sign up for at least 2 field response standby periods each week (each standby period lasting 3 hours or more), or respond to at least 2 marine animal response/survey requests each week.
  • Access to binoculars with at least an 10X magnification or a digital camera (not smartphone) with at least a 35X zoom lens capability. (It is recommended the volunteer has both.)

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The Dispatch & Reporting Volunteer assignments require ...
  • Access to a cell phone (4G data capable required)
  • Access to a computer with high-speed Internet connection.
  • Familiarity with computer programs such as Excel or other spreadsheet/database programs.
  • Activity expectations:  Sign up for at least 3 dispatch and reporting shifts (12 hours each) per month.

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The Outreach & Education Volunteer assignments require ...
  • Access to a reliable car as needed. Motorcycles or scooters will not be sufficient.
  • Current vehicle insurance with State of Hawaii minimum liability coverage.
  • Ability to lift and carry at least 35 pounds over 100 feet.
  • Prior teaching experience or experience speaking to groups.
  • Activity expectations:  Sign up for at least 2 educational or outreach events per month.

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Field Response Team Internship requirements:
  • 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.
  • For college/university graduates: a 2.7 cumulative grade point average prior to the internship.  
  • For current students: a 2.7 cumulative grade point average prior to and during the internship.
  • This is an un-paid position for a minimum of 3 months during one of the internship periods listed below.  The intern is responsible for all living and transportation related expenses.  If accepted by HMAR, internships may be extended for an additional 9 months after completion of the first 3 month minimum period.
  • 35 hours minimum per week (travel time to field survey or response locations is not included in minimum hours)
  • Normal schedule will be 6 hours per day for 4 days per week to conduct field survey, field response, dispatch and data entry activity; plus 1 day per week on a 12-hour shift to conduct dispatch, reporting and data entry activity. However, due to the unpredictable nature of marine animal response, the intern may sometimes be required to work beyond their normal scheduled hours.
  • The intern must be able and willing to work flexible hours including weekends and holidays.
  • Minimum work expectation does not include travel time to reach or return from field training, survey or response locations.
  • The intern is expected to be available for training, surveys and response anywhere on the Island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii.
  • The intern must have access to a reliable car or truck. Truck preferable. Scooters or motorcycles will not be sufficient due to the nature of the travel and work required.
  • Valid drivers license
  • Current vehicle insurance with State of Hawaii minimum liability coverage
  • Access to a cell phone (4G capable required)
  • Access to binoculars with at least a 10X magnification level or access to a digital camera (not smartphone) with at least a 35X zoom lens
  • Ability to walk at least 2 miles over shoreline beach and rocky conditions
  • Ability to lift and carry at least 50 pounds over a distance of 100 feet
  • Acceptance of Hawaii Marine Mammal Alliance Intern Policies, Waivers, Releases and Indemnifications.
  • Internship periods and application deadlines:
Internship period:  Jan. 1 to Apr. 30 each year  - deadline for applications is the prior Oct. 31st
Internship period:  May 1 to Aug. 31 each year - deadline for applications is the prior Mar. 31st
Internship period:  Sep. 1 to Dec. 31 each year - deadline for applications is the prior Jul. 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@monkseals.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@monkseals.org
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When you are ready to submit your application, please click on "Submit your application now" button below. REMEMBER to send us the additional items requested above before the internship application deadline via email to info@monkseals.org.  We cannot complete an evaluation of your application until we receive all the requested items.  Thank you for your interest in Hawaii Marine Animal Response.

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