The volunteer will assist in surveying and monitoring mosquito populations in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HAVO) and very remote sites in Haleakalā National Park’s (HALE) Kipahulu Valley. This position focuses on trapping mosquitoes but is part of a larger avian disease project. Field work in HAVO involves day trips to nearby sites and short drives and hikes into study sites. Field work in HALE involves interisland flights to and from Maui and the Big Island, long car drives, short helicopter flights and hectic logistics. At both sites, conditions are variable and range from hot, sunny weather to cold, rainy weather and site terrain ranges from open parkland to dense, rain forest. Maui work may include working in slippery, boulder-strewn stream beds. On Maui, field crews live in primitive camp sites for 9 days each trip and will make 2 trips in a 3-month period. Camping supplies, rain gear, a backpack, and rubber boots for stream work will be provided. Current position runs April through - June 2022 but new volunteer position begin in July 2022, October 2022 and January 2023.
• Applicant will possess a B.S./B.A. or 1 year field and lab experience in ecology, entomology, biology or environmental science.
• Applicant must have experience and be comfortable hiking, orienting, and camping in remote environments. Familiarity with GPS.
• Applicant must hold a valid driver's license to drive government vehicles.
• Applicant must be in excellent physical condition and able to hike on steep uneven ground for several kilometers a day carrying a 50-pound backpack.
• Applicant must commit to the 3-month duration of project.
• Applicant must be willing to work long hours in the field.