As a volunteer in our Rescue Program you will be performing activity that has a direct impact on the health and conservation of Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles and seabirds. To participate in the Rescue Program, you must have access to one of the vehicles listed above and also participate in the Field Support & Outreach Program. Applicants for participation in the Rescue Program will also be interviewed prior to acceptance into training. Members of the Rescue Program team must be willing to commit additional time, to attend additional training and complete necessary certifications.
NOTE: To participate in the Rescue Program, you must also select and participate in the Field Support & Outreach Program.
As a volunteer in this program, you will be asked to do the following:
- Respond in the field to reports of stranded or injured Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles or seabirds.
- Assist with or perform animal assessments, disentanglement, recovery, transport or other intervention activity.
- Assist in natural disasters or environmental incidents that could affect animal health.
- While performing these activities, conduct outreach to the public.
- Be on call and ready to perform ALL of these activities during your volunteer shifts.
- Maintain the minimum activity requirements for this program (see below).
Additional volunteer requirements:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Some Rescue Program activities will involve interactions with animals that are expired and in various stages of decomposition. Participants must be able to see and do unpleasant things without feeling sick.
- Volunteers must meet all of the general HMAR volunteer requirements listed above.
- To participate in the Rescue Program you must also participate in the Field Support & Outreach Program.
- 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 one of the vehicles listed above is required. Other types of vehicles will not be acceptable due to the work involved.
- Volunteers in this program must be willing to carry live or dead animals in a carrier or tarp either in the bed of their truck or in their van.
- 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, AND a set of binoculars with at least 10X magnification. Both items are required.
- HAZWOPER and ICS training and certifications required within 1st six months of program participation.
- First aid, CPR, AED and lifeguard certifications desired within 1st six months of program participation.
- Pinniped, sea turtle or seabird handling experience or training (desired).
- State of Hawaii boat operators card required within 1st six months of program participation.
- Open ocean small boat operations experience (desired).
Volunteer activity requirements:
- Volunteers on this team commit to a minimum of 4 six-hour activity sessions each month.
- Minimum activity requirement is 2 years.
- Only applicants agreeing to the minimum activity commitment will be accepted for this assignment.