Volunteers and interns help with beach clean-ups, turtle nest protection and monitoring (summer only), and our daily public outreach program called “Honu Watch.” This project focuses on a unique phenomenon called basking, wherein Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles come up onto the beach to bask; you would be monitoring our Hawaiian Greens population as well as do some community outreach and public education.
During the summer (June-October) our main focus switches to our Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Project. Interns and volunteers will assist with daily morning beach walks looking for turtle tracks, nest watch, and hatchling watch.
We also now have the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Discovery Center open at Whalers Village, Kaʻanapali, Maui, which is a dynamic, multi-media education facility that HWF operates and benefits our programs. In some cases, volunteers may be able to join us there, and will receive a separate application for that program. Click here for the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Discovery Center website.
Hawai‘i (Big Island)
On Hawaiʻi Island, we offer monthly community beach cleanup events, environmental education opportunities for youth (in person and virtual), plus native plant seed collection and wetland workdays. However, since August 2020 we have been restricted to hosting smaller groups that are either BYO-4wd or hiking-only (site dependent) to keep our teams safe and socially-distanced.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of these activities, please check our website calendar for public participation options, and if there’s an opportunity that you’d be interested in, please email our Hawai‘i Island team to RSVP (or with any additional questions).
For more information, please look under OUR WORK in the menu for the conservation and education work that Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund does.