Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument relies on volunteers to assist in various projects and in the continuing effort to "bring the place to the people". Volunteers should have excellent communication skills, have an interest in the Monument and marine ecosystems and environmental issues.
This is an excellent chance to learn more about the various aspects and programs of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and Hawaiʻi's ocean environment.
For more information contact:
Monument Volunteer Coordinator
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-933-8180 .
The State of Hawaiʻi, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DLNR/DOFAW) offers Biological Field Technician opportunities for the summer field season on Kure Atoll within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The atoll is an important breeding site for a sizable and diverse population of wildlife, with several rare or endangered species. Eighteen species of seabirds nest on Kure Atoll, including Mōlī or Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), Kaʻupu or Black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) and Christmas Shearwater (Puffinus nativitatis). There are currently 15 native and 28 introduced plant species known on Green Island. Native plants are an integral resource for seabird nesting habitat and dune stabilization. Invasive plants are a significant management concern because they displace native plant habitat and seabird nesting areas, entrap seabirds and reduce airflow causing increased humidity and temperatures. In 2010 DLNR embarked on an ambitious goal to eradicate the invasive weed Verbesina encelioides from Kure Atoll. The project has been a huge success and the island is responding with increasing seabird and native plant populations.
Click Here for more information about the Biological Field Technician opportunity on Kure Atoll (March 1 - September 26, 2013). The closing date is February 1, 2013.
Volunteer opportunities exist on Tern and Laysan Islands at Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Each year a total of 15-20 applicants are selected for 6 month (minimum) assignments on Laysan and Tern. There are no internships, as such, although we are happy to assist volunteers with their paperwork for obtaining university credit for volunteer service. The schedule for recruiting is irregular with opportunities coming up throughout the year. Because of the variable lengths of stay for our volunteers, and the few numbers of flights and ship sails to the islands, our timing needs for volunteers rarely matches university summer break periods.
Click Here for more information about volunteering at Hawaiian Islands NWR (you will be directed to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge operation on Midway Atoll experienced a significant 50% reduction in staff as of October 2012. Therefore, visitation and volunteer opportunities are extremely limited. Only a few visits will occur this year (under strict adherence to a Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (Monument) manager's permit) to accomplish critical work projects directly serving the refuge's resource management, research, historical and cultural preservation responsibilities.
In the meantime, planning efforts are under way to implement next year or beyond, a visitor services operation at Midway as well as reinstate the volunteer program given adequate resources are made available. We hope you will consider supporting Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge capabilities by joining the refuge's non-profit cooperating association, Friends of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge at http://friendsofmidway.org/.