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:
Additional volunteer requirements:
- 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.
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.
- 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).
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.