Stewardship Volunteer, Palmyra Atoll

The Nature Conservancy
Palmyra Atoll
Job Category
Volunteer Openings
Last Date to Apply
Stewardship Volunteers will receive assignments to assist with cooking meals, laundry service, intense cleaning of all field station cabins, living areas, bathrooms, showers and recreation areas, assisting with preventative maintenance of station facilities, and for helping with minor repair efforts. Stewardship and conservation actions at the station and within the preserve are on-going, but vary from time to time. This position will be responsible for assisting with conservation actions such as native forest restoration, invasive species removal, and assisting with sustainability activities such as composting and agroforestry. All volunteers should be prepared to react in the event of an emergency. Flexibility and a willingness to work on a variety of projects is vital. Palmyra Atoll has 580 acres of emergent land with 480,000 acres of lagoons, coral reefs, and submerged lands and is a US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) National Wildlife Refuge out to 12 miles offshore and a Marine National Monument out to 50 miles. The Nature Conservancy owns 230 acres of land and manages this property as the Palmyra Atoll Preserve in partnership with the USFWS. The Nature Conservancy owns and operates a research station on the preserve and the station supports research by world-renowned institutions. The Palmyra Atoll research station is globally recognized for cutting-edge science and leadership in tropical reef and island conservation in an era of unprecedented global change. Seasonal volunteers are recruited for 2 to 4 month tours at the Palmyra research station to assist with general station operations and help with science and conservation efforts. Up to $900 of travel costs from the volunteer’s home to Honolulu as well as two nights stay at a TNC-selected hotel in Honolulu are provided. Board and lodging for the duration of the volunteer periods spent at the research station is also included. Volunteers are expected to complete a basic orientation to The Nature Conservancy’s mission and values before going to the atoll. Volunteers will follow the work schedule of TNC staff working at the research station: six eight-hour days of work and one day off per week. We are particularly looking for individuals with general repair and maintenance skills, engineering backgrounds, experience cooking and cleaning, or experience with renewable energy. Ideally, we are looking for individuals with trade skills (carpentry, plumbing, mechanic, etc.) or professional food preparation and cleaning experience.
RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE • Will work 6 days per week, in variable weather conditions (hot, humid, wet), at a remote location, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions will involve considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain, frequent possibility of injury, long hours in isolated settings, and exposure to petroleum products, paint and fuels. • Live and work productively within a small and confined community on a remote location for up to 4 months. • Work and communicate effectively with a diverse group of people, including scientists, field station staff and others, providing and obtaining needed information to ensure smooth completion of tasks. • In the event of an emergency, volunteers may be tasked with specific duties to ensure safety and welfare of the community. This may include responding to minor/major medical emergencies, high-water evacuation events, marine rescue events, fuel spills and/or fire containment, etc. Volunteers will not be asked to involve themselves beyond their comfort level or skill set. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS • High school diploma • Current working knowledge of or experience with one of the following: general engine and facilities kitchen/food prep operations, or professional housekeeping and laundry duties • Ability to obtain Serve Safe certification • Demonstrated commitment to conservation and sustainable living • Demonstrated ability to live and work successfully in remote environments. • Ability to perform work that requires physical mobility and ability to lift up to 50 lbs; including climbing tall ladders, working on roofs and small cramped spaces. PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE • Professional cooking experience • Experience with trade skills (carpentry, plumbing, mechanic, etc.) • Experience in restoration ecology, composting, and/or gardening • Experience in the design, operation, and maintenance of photovoltaic systems • Ability to safely use and maintain tools and equipment, including power and construction tools. • Experience operating small boats with outboard engines. • Ability to complete tasks independently and manage diverse assignments TO APPLY: Send a resume and cover letter to Palmyra Program Sustainability Director, Chad Livingston ( before January 26, 2018. In the cover letter, please explain your interest in TNC”s Palmyra Program, how your unique skill set will contribute to the Program’s mission, and how you meet the minimum qualifications listed below. Review of applications will be on-going as needed as assignments are seasonal and filled year-round. Select applicants will be contacted for an interview. Volunteers must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Passport with an expiration date later than the term of the assignment, proof of a physical examination showing good physical health, a current tetanus vaccination, and proof of health insurance.
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Chad Livingston
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