Volunteer / Internship Application

 HMAR     

Thank you for your interest in Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR). 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 and the ocean ecosystem we share.











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... we are not able to accept volunteers or interns less than 18 years of age.





These are the general requirements for all HMAR programs.  Depending on the specific programs you have selected, additional information and requirements will be listed below this section:
  • To be effective in your role, you need to be fully trained.  Depending on the HMAR programs you participate in, training may include a classroom orientation, a post-classroom curriculum review and quiz, and "on-the-job" training.
  • Because best practices and policies may change, we ask that you attend occasional but mandatory in-field or classroom training sessions.
  • When you join HMAR as a volunteer you become part of a team. That team, and the animals we help, rely on you to COMMIT to the minimum level of activity for the program(s) selected. These will be described below.
  • For us to be effective, volunteers need to have an interest and a desire to engage with the public.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • Volunteers need to possess a team-based work ethic and attitude.
  • If required, you may be asked to provide a background check.
  • Communication is critical for volunteers.  You will need a smartphone with 4G data service and camera.
  • You will be asked to complete reports of the activities you performed in an accurate and timely manner.


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... all volunteers must meet the general requirements above.
Additional Information and Requirements for the Marine Mammal (Hawaiian Monk Seal) Response & Support Program:


As a volunteer in our Marine Mammal Response & Support Program you will be making a positive impact on the conservation and recovery of the Hawaiian monk seal species.

As a volunteer in this program, you will be asked to do the following: 
  • Respond in the field to reports of Hawaiian monk seals hauled-out on the shoreline.
  • Make a general assessment of the animal's condition, identify the individual animal and obtain photographs.
  • Identify potential animal health concerns.
  • Perform monitoring of monk seal moms and pups.
  • While performing response and monitoring activity, educate the public about protected marine species.
  • Perform directed surveys to find specific seals of interest or concern.
  • When appropriate, establish perimeters around seals to decrease interactions.
  • Be on call for program activities during your volunteer shifts.
  • Maintain the minimum activity requirements for this program (see below).
With additional training, experience and certifications (if applicable), Advanced Volunteers in this program may be asked to do the following in addition to the above roles: 
  • Assist with interventions or stranding activity.
  • Assist in natural disasters or environmental incidents that could affect animal health.
  • Assist in underwater removal of fishery or entanglement hazards.

Additional volunteer requirements:

  • Volunteers must meet all of the general HMAR volunteer requirements listed above.
  • Ability to walk in sandy, rocky and unstable shoreline conditions for 1 mile. (2 miles for Advanced Volunteers).
  • Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 35 pounds for 100 feet in beach and rocky conditions. (75 pounds for Advanced Volunteers).
  • Ability to conduct outdoor activity during hot, rainy or windy conditions.
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor in potentially stressful conditions.
  • Access to a reliable car.  Motorcycles or scooters are not sufficient.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance with minimum Hawaii liability coverage.
  • Possess a digital camera (a smartphone is not sufficient) with at least 35X zoom and Wi-Fi capabilities, OR a set of binoculars with at least 10X magnification. Both are suggested but one of these items is required. (Advanced Volunteers must have both items.)
  • Ability to swim (required for Advanced Volunteers).
  • HAZWOPER and ICS training and certifications (desired for Advanced Volunteers).
  • First aid, CPR, AED and lifeguard certification (desired for Advanced Volunteers).
  • Applicable animal handling experience or training (desired for Advanced Volunteers).
  • Open ocean small boat operations (desired for Advanced Volunteers).
Minimum volunteer activity:
  • Volunteers on this team commit to a minimum of 2 four-hour activity sessions each month. Volunteers that maintain an activity level of at least 4 four-hour activity sessions each month receive additional benefits and may perform Advanced Volunteer activities after applicable training.
  • Minimum activity requirement is 1 year. (2 years for Advanced Volunteers.)
  • Only applicants agreeing to the minimum activity commitment will be accepted for this assignment.


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Additional Information and Requirements for the Sea Turtle Response & Support Program:


As a volunteer in our Sea Turtle Response & Support Program you will be performing activity that has a direct impact on the conservation and recovery of sea turtles in Hawaii. 

As a volunteer in this program, you will be asked to do the following:

  • Respond in the field to reports of stranded sea turtles.
  • Assist with response tasks such as animal assessment and disentanglement.
  • Take photographs of stranded animals and their surroundings.
  • Perform outreach to the public at designated locations with a high volume of sea turtle activity.
  • Perform surveys for, and monitoring of, sea turtle nests.
  • Be on call for program activities during your volunteer shifts.
  • Maintain the minimum activity requirements for this program (see below).
With additional training, experience and certifications (if applicable), and if the volunteer has a truck, van or SUV, Advanced Volunteers in this program may do the following in addition to the roles above:
  • Perform intervention activity such as animal assessment, disentanglement and animal transport.
  • Assist in natural disasters or environmental incidents that could affect animal health.
  • Assist in underwater removal of fishery and entanglement hazards.

Additional volunteer requirements:

  • Volunteers must meet all of the general HMAR volunteer requirements listed above.
  • Ability to walk in sandy, rocky and unstable shoreline conditions for 2 miles.
  • Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 75 pounds for 100 feet in beach and rocky conditions.
  • Ability to conduct outdoor activity during hot, rainy or windy conditions.
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor in potentially stressful conditions.
  • Access to a reliable car. Motorcycles or scooters will not be sufficient.
  • Advanced Volunteers on this team must have access to a truck, van or SUV. Advanced Volunteers must be willing to carry a live or dead turtle in an large carrier either in their vehicle or in the bed of their truck.The turtle carrier is 50" long, 34" wide and 19" high. Regular cars are not acceptable because most responses will require the transport of live or dead turtles in a large animal carrier. If you do not have access to a truck, van or SUV you may still participate in this program but may not conduct Advanced Volunteer duties (see above).
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance with minimum Hawaii liability coverage.
  • Ability to swim (required for Advanced Volunteers).
  • HAZWOPER and ICS training and certifications (desired for Advanced Volunteers).
  • First aid, CPR, AED and lifeguard certification (desired for Advanced Volunteers).
  • Applicable animal handling experience or training (desired for Advanced Volunteers).
  • Open ocean small boat operations (desired for Advanced Volunteers).
IMPORTANT NOTE: Some turtle responses will involve interaction with animals that are expired and in various stages of decomposition. Responders must be able to see and do unpleasant things without feeling sick.


Volunteer activity requirements:

  • Volunteers on this team commit to a minimum of 2 four-hour activity sessions each month. Volunteers that maintain an activity level of at least 4 four-hour activity sessions each month receive additional benefits and may perform Advanced Volunteer activities after applicable training (see above).
  • Minimum activity requirement is 1 year.
  • Only applicants agreeing to the minimum activity commitment will be accepted for this assignment.


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... you must have access to a truck, van or SUV to perform Advanced Volunteer duties on this team but you may still perform other program functions.


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... it appears the minimum requirements for this assignment haven't been met.
Additional Information and Requirements for the Seabird Response & Support Program:


As a volunteer in our Seabird Response & Support Program you will be performing activity that directly helps Hawaii's seabirds such as monitoring important nesting activity (such as Albatross nesting), providing public outreach in the field and surveying seabird nesting habitat. Advanced volunteers in this program also respond to downed or injured seabirds that need aid and transport for medical help and may provide support during natural disasters or environmental incidents that could affect seabirds.

As a volunteer in this program will be asked to do the following:

  • Perform seabird nest monitoring and conduct public outreach.
  • Perform seabird habitat surveys and conduct public outreach.
  • Be on call for program activity during your volunteer shifts.
  • Maintain the minimum activity requirements for this program (see below).

With additional training, experience and certifications (if applicable), Advanced Volunteers in this program may do the following in addition to the roles above: 

  • Perform field response to specific reports of downed or injured seabirds and to provide aid and transport of affected animals.
  • Assist in natural disasters or environmental incidents that could affect animal health.
  • Assist in underwater removal of fishery and entanglement hazards.

Additional volunteer requirements:
  • Volunteers must meet all of the general HMAR volunteer requirements listed above.
  • Ability to walk in sandy, rocky and unstable shoreline conditions for 1 mile. (2 miles for Advanced Volunteers).
  • Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 35 pounds for 100 feet in beach and rocky conditions.
  • Ability to conduct outdoor activity during hot, rainy or windy conditions.
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor in potentially stressful conditions.
  • Access to a reliable car.
  • Advanced Volunteers.  Responses will normally require the transport of live or dead seabirds in an animal carrier. Advanced Volunteers must be willing to carry a live or dead seabird in an animal carrier in their vehicle.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance with minimum Hawaii liability coverage.
  • Ability to swim (required for Advanced Volunteers).
  • HAZWOPER and ICS training and certifications (desired for Advanced Volunteers).
  • First aid, CPR, AED and lifeguard certification (desired for Advanced Volunteers).
  • Applicable animal handling experience or training (desired for Advanced Volunteers).
  • Open ocean small boat operations (desired for Advanced Volunteers).
IMPORTANT NOTE: Some seabird responses may entail interaction with animals that are expired and in various stages of decomposition. Responders must be able to see and do unpleasant things without feeling sick.


Volunteer activity requirements:

  • Volunteers on this team commit to a minimum of 2 four-hour activity sessions each month. Volunteers that maintain an activity level of at least 4 four-hour activity sessions each month receive additional benefits and may perform Advanced Volunteer activities after applicable training (see above).
  • Minimum activity requirement is 1 year.
  • Only applicants agreeing to the minimum activity commitment will be accepted for this assignment.


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Additional Information and Requirements for the Dispatch & Reporting Program:


As a volunteer in our Dispatch & Reporting Program you will be performing critical activity that helps Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles and seabirds. Volunteers in this program take phone calls from members of the public and government agencies, assist in dispatching responders as needed and document important information that is used in protected species management and research.

As a volunteer in this program will be asked to do the following:

  • Take phone calls and email submissions of protected 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.
  • Complete 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.
  • Maintain the minimum activity requirements for this program (see below).
Additional volunteer requirements:
  • Volunteers must meet all of the general HMAR volunteer requirements listed above.
  • Must be able to perform more than one important activity at the same time.
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor in potentially stressful conditions.
  • Access to a reliable computer, phone and Internet service.
  • Access to a work location with minimal background noise.
  • Experience with computer applications such as Microsoft Excel and Google Docs.
Volunteer activity requirements:
  • Volunteers on this team commit to a minimum of at least 1 four-hour activity session each weekVolunteers that maintain an activity level of at least 8 hours each week receive additional benefits. 
  • Minimum activity requirement is 1 year.
  • Only applicants agreeing to the minimum activity commitment will be accepted for this assignment.

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Additional Information and Requirements for the Outreach & Education Program:

As a volunteer in the Outreach & Education Program, you will be doing the all-important work of informing people, educating and creating active supporters of Hawaii's protected marine species. The focus of this program is conducting outreach at community events, educating children and young adults in schools and teaching businesses that work near or in the ocean ecosystem important information about marine species. This is critical work that has an immediate and lasting effect on protected marine animals and our shared ocean ecosystem.

As a volunteer in this program, you will be asked to do the following:
  • Conduct presentations and outreach activity at educational venues and public locations. Educate children and adults and share material concerning protected marine species. 
  • Update internal social media streams.
  • Maintain the minimum activity requirements for this program (see below).
Additional volunteer requirements:
  • Volunteers must meet all of the general HMAR volunteer requirements listed above.
  • Must be comfortable speaking in front of a group of people.
  • Access to a reliable vehicle is preferred, however, bus service is available to reach most outreach and education assignments.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance with Hawaii minimum liability coverage if operating a vehicle.
  • Experience with computer applications such as Microsoft PowerPoint.
Volunteer activity requirements:
  • Volunteers on this team commit to a minimum of at least 2 four-hour activity sessions each monthVolunteers that maintain an activity level of at least 4 four-hour activity sessions each month receive additional benefits. 
  • Minimum activity requirement is 6 months.
  • Only applicants agreeing to the minimum activity commitment will be accepted for this assignment.

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Duties and Other Requirements of the Marine Animal Response & Support Intern Program:


As an intern in our Marine Animal Response & Support Program, you'll learn important skills that will be important in a marine animal conservation career. You will participate in, and perform activity including field response, animal condition assessment, intervention (such as disentanglement) and transport. You will conduct outreach and education functions in the field to teach the public about protected marine species and the importance of a healthy ocean ecosystem.  You will also assist in the all-important functions of data collection, hotline management and dispatching of field responders.

INTERN DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Responding to sightings of, or performing directed surveys for endangered, threatened or protected marine species such as Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles and seabirds and to provide shoreline response to haul-outs, strandings and animals of concern.
  • 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 encourage stewardship of Hawaii's protected marine species.
  • Duties may also include escalated or emergency field response and assisting with protected marine species intervention activity and stranding support.
  • Participate in dispatch and reporting activity such as the taking and documenting of phone calls regarding marine species activity, coordinating field response activity, data entry and generating reports.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • This is an unpaid internship opportunity that requires the intern to live on the island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii for the period beginning 4 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 conditions for 2 miles.
  • Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 75 pounds for 100 feet in beach and rocky conditions.
  • Ability to conduct outdoor activity during hot, rainy or windy 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 an interest and desire to engage with the public.
  • 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.
  • 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.

ACTIVITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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 or field activity 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 activity anywhere on the Island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii.

INTERNSHIP PERIODS AND APPLICATION DEADLINES:

  • Internship period - January 1st to April 30th each year. The 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. The 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. The 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.  Your online application cannot be reviewed until we receive the items above.
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IMPORTANT NOTE
Regular cars are not acceptable for Advanced Sea Turtle volunteers because most responses will require the transport of live or dead turtles in a large animal carrier. Responders must be willing to carry a live or dead turtle in an animal carrier either in their vehicle or in the bed of their truck. 

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... 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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