Volunteer / Internship Application

 HMAR     

Thank you for your interest in Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR). We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit 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 our critically important ocean ecosystem.











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






IMPORTANT
If you selected the Rescue Program you must ALSO select and participate in the Field Support & Outreach Program. 
These are the general requirements for all HMAR programs.  Depending on the specific program(s) 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 program(s) you choose, training will consist of a classroom session followed by individual online training and quizzes. Most programs will also require your participation in one or more field training workshops before you will become a member of our team.
  • 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, the marine ecosystem 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 Field Support & Outreach Program:


As a Field Support & Outreach Volunteer you will be making a positive impact on the conservation and recovery of our crucial marine ecosystem, Hawaiian monk seal, sea turtles and seabirds.

In this program, you will be asked to do the following: 
  • Respond in the field to reports of Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles and seabirds.
  • Make a general assessment of the animal's condition, identify the individual animal (for monk seals) and obtain photographs.
  • Identify potential animal health concerns.
  • Perform public outreach at locations where monk seals, sea turtles and seabirds may be on the shoreline in the vicinity of humans.
  • Perform directed surveys to find specific animals of interest or concern.
  • When appropriate, establish perimeters around monk seals to decrease interactions.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • 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. Able and willing to work on your feet in these conditions for a minimum of 4 continuous hours.
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor in potentially stressful conditions.
  • Access to a reliable car.  Motorcycles or scooters will not be 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.
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.
  • 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 Rescue Program:

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You must select and participate in the Field Support & Outreach Program in order to participate in the Rescue Program.

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, seabirds, dolphins and whales. There are two types of Rescue Program volunteers:

  • Rescue Volunteer - Level A

  • Rescue Volunteer - Level B

Below are the types of activities to be conducted by volunteers in the Rescue Program. Applicants for participation in the Rescue Program will be interviewed prior to acceptance into training. Members of the Rescue Program team must be willing to commit to additional time for training, a greater level of monthly activity and the willingness to complete necessary certifications.

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

Rescue Volunteer - Level A
  • Participate in the Field Support & Outreach Program
  • Respond in the field to reports of live or dead Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles, seabirds, dolphins or whales.
  • Assist with or perform animal assessments, disentanglement, recovery, stranding or other intervention activity.
  • Conduct surveys for protected marine animals in nearshore waters or on offshore islets.
  • Assist in natural disasters or environmental incidents affecting animal health.
  • Transport live or dead seabirds.
  • Transport live or dead sea turtles.
  • While performing the above 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.
Rescue Volunteer Level B
  • All of the above EXCEPT transport of sea turtles

The difference between Level A and Level B Rescue Volunteers is that Level A volunteers must have access to a truck or full-size van and will be transporting live or dead sea turtles if needed.



Level A Rescue Volunteer Vehicle Requirements
To be a Level A Rescue Volunteer you must have access to one of the following vehicles:
  • Ford Ranger, 150, 250, 350 or 450 truck
  • Toyota Tacoma or Tundra truck
  • Chevrolet Colorado or Silverado truck
  • Dodge Ram 1500, 2500 or 3500 truck
  • GMC Sierra or Canyon truck
  • Nissan Frontier or Titan truck
  • Honda Ridgeline truck
  • Ford Freestyle or Transit van
  • Dodge Ram ProMaster van
  • Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van
  • GMC Savana van
  • Nissan NV van

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To be a Level A Rescue Volunteer you will need one of the above vehicles.  Please select Level B Rescue Volunteer above to continue.


Additional volunteer requirements for the Rescue Program:
  • 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.
  • Able to walk in sandy, rocky and unstable shoreline conditions for 2 miles.
  • Demonstrate the ability to lift and carry 75 pounds for 100 feet in beach and rocky conditions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to swim for 100 yards and tread water for 10 minutes.
  • Ability to conduct outdoor activity during hot, rainy or windy conditions. Able and willing to work on your feet in these conditions for a minimum of 4 consecutive hours.
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor in potentially stressful conditions.
  • Level A or Level B Rescue Volunteers must be willing to transport a live or dead seabird in a carrier in their vehicle.
  • Level A Rescue Volunteers must be willing to transport a live or dead sea turtle 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.
  • Open ocean small boat operations experience highly desired.
  • HAZWOPER and ICS training and certifications.(This must be completed within the first 12 months of program participation.)
  • First aid, CPR and AED certifications.(This must be completed within the first 12 months of program participation.)
  • Lifeguard certification. (It is highly desired that you complete this training within the first 12 months of program participation.
  • State of Hawaii boat operators certification. (This must be completed within the first 12 months of program participation.
  • Pinniped, sea turtle or seabird handling experience or training desired.
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.


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 into the Rescue Program.

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Additional Information and Requirements for the Marine Debris Program:


As a volunteer in our Marine Debris Program you will be performing activity that directly helps Hawaii's protected marine species and our critically important ocean ecosystem.

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

  • Assist in maintaining marine debris collection bins.
  • Perform outreach to members of the public.
  • Assist in collection of marine debris on shoreline areas.
  • If qualified, assist in nearshore (snorkel) underwater marine debris surveys and collection
  • If qualified, properly certified and insured, assist in SCUBA underwater marine debris surveys and collection (see below for SCUBA requirements)
  • Be on call to perform these activities during your volunteer shifts.
  • 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.
  • Ability to walk in sandy, rocky and unstable shoreline conditions for 1 mile.
  • Demonstrate the ability to lift and carry a minimum of 70 pounds for 100 feet in beach and rocky conditions.
  • Ability to conduct outdoor activity during hot, rainy or windy conditions. You must be able and willing to work on your feet in these conditions for a minimum of 4 continuous hours.
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor in potentially stressful conditions.
  • Access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Volunteers must be willing to carry marine debris in their vehicle for transport to collection sites.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance with minimum Hawaii liability coverage.
  • For program participants wishing to perform nearshore (snorkel) underwater activity, the following additional requirements apply:
  • -  Ability to swim required
    -  Prior snorkeling experience
    -  Participants must provide their own snorkeling equipment
    -  Able to demonstrate satisfactory swimming and snorkeling competence
  • For program participants wishing to perform SCUBA underwater activity, the following additional requirements apply:
  • -  Ability to swim required
    -  Prior SCUBA experience
    -  Participants must provide their own SCUBA equipment
    -  Able to demonstrate satisfactory swimming, snorkeling and SCUBA competence
    -  Rescue Diver certification or above from a nationally recognized accreditation body
    -  Current DAN insurance at the "Preferred" level
    -  First aid, CPR, AED and lifeguard certifications desired within first 12 months of program participation
    -  Open ocean small boat operations experience desired

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.
  • 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 snorkeled or free dived on 10 or more occasions to assist in underwater Marine Debris Program activity.

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... you must have Rescue Diver or above certification and DAN insurance coverage at the "Preferred" level to assist in underwater Marine Debris Program activity on SCUBA.
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, seabirds and our critically important ocean ecosystem. Volunteers in this program take phone calls from members of the public and government agencies, assist in dispatching responders 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 Education & Engagement Program:

As a volunteer in the Education & Engagement Program, you will be doing the all-important work of informing people, educating and creating active supporters of Hawaii's protected marine species and our critically important ocean ecosystem.

As a volunteer in this program, you will be asked to do the following:
  • Conduct presentations and education activity at public locations and events.
  • Conduct presentations and education activity at public and private schools.
  • Assist in the creation and curation of educational resource materials. 
  • Conduct training sessions with commercial operators and other businesses.
  • 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.
  • Must be able and willing to work on your feet for a minimum of 2 hours.
  • Access to a reliable vehicle is required.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance with Hawaii minimum liability coverage.
  • Experience with computer applications such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Docs and similar programs.
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), stranding support, rescue 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, stranding and rescue activity.
  • 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. In addition, interns are required to possess all needed equipment and supplies such as a suitable vehicle, fuel, hiking shoes, hat, sunglasses, water bottles and all equipment listed below. HMAR does not provide lodging, food, supplies or financial support.
  • U.S. citizenship or possession of passport and all applicable visas and work permits are 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. You must be able and willing to work on your feet in these conditions for a minimum of 4 continuous hours.
  • 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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... access to a reliable car, SUV or truck is required for participation as an volunteer.

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... access to a reliable car, SUV or truck is required for participation as an intern.



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



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