Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park VIP – Hawaiʻi Island Hawksbill Project

Hawaiʻi Island Hawksbill Project
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, HI
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There are two terms for this project; VIPS are able to participate in both terms. Term 1: May 22 - August 10th Term 2: August 15th - December 15th (with the possibility of an extension) - Camping up to 6+ consecutive nights at remote beaches with a project technician or other trained team members. - Conducting nightly watches (from 5 p.m. until 6 a.m.) to observe nesting turtles and emerging hatchlings. - Hiking up to 12 miles per day over rugged lava terrain with a 30+ pound backpack to reach remote field sites. - 4-wheel driving on long, rough roads to reach remote field sites. - Day-checking other nesting beaches daily to look for signs of turtle activity by hiking up to 12 miles or 4-wheel driving. - Handling nesting hawksbills (i.e., restraining, measuring, applying flipper tags, and checking for injuries). - Ensuring that hatchlings reach the ocean by monitoring nests, rescuing stranded hatchlings, and conducting nest excavations. - Recording data in field notebook and on data sheets. - Controlling non-native predator populations by baiting and checking live-traps daily and by euthanizing mongooses, feral cats, and rats using carbon dioxide gas. - Interacting with the public regarding sea turtle conservation. - Assisting with logistics (e.g., equipment and camp maintenance, vehicle inspections). HOUSING: *Shared, dorm-style housing is provided at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Park housing is located within walking distance of both the visitor center and our office, in a rainforest environment at an elevation of 4,000 feet. Bedrooms are shared by multiple volunteers. - This is an unpaid position. Up to $20 per workday food reimbursement will be provided with submission of food receipts. However, it can take approximately three months to receive payment. Additional funds are needed to supplement this stipend for basic needs and entertainment. Furthermore, a vehicle will not be provided for personal transportation. Email info@hawaiiislandhawksbillproject.org for application request and for subject line put "HAVO Internship".
- Commit to the project for the entire term period requested. - Be at least 18 years of age. - Possess a valid U.S. driver's license. - Be first aid and CPR certified. - A scientific background recommended. - Be able to hike up to 12 miles per day over rugged lava terrain with a 30+ pound backpack. - Be able to hike/work in vog (sulfur dioxide gas emitted from the nearby volcano, which can be problematic for individuals with respiratory concerns). - Be a team player and work well with others. - Be positive in adverse or challenging situations. - Be able to stay awake late at night. - Be able to work with minimum sleep.
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Kelleigh Downs
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