Conserve and restore habitat for indigenous flora and fauna

Project name:

Friends of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

Project purpose:

Conserve and restore habitat for indigenous plants, seabirds, water birds, monk seals and sea turtles

Project activities:

  • data collection/analyses

  • habitat restoration/management


United States


1 Ratings


Weekly cost (approx USD):


Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes work

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Shared accommodation on the island

When does the project run?


How long can I stay?



  • Must be willing and able to work 40+ hours per week.

  • Must be in excellent physical and mental condition; able to walk 10 miles a day over variable

  • terrain, lift and carry 25 lbs, ride a bicycle, swim, and be able to perform repetitive stooping and

  • bending motions.

  • Must be able to perform all duties in inclement weather including high heat and humidity, strong

  • winds, and heavy rain.

  • Must be able to pass a swim test (100 m swim, 100 m snorkel, and 2 minutes treading water).

  • Must be comfortable with the use of pesticides.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and current passport that does not expire for at least one year

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Duties and Responsibilities: Volunteers are expected to work 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday with additional nights, early mornings, and weekend work as needed. Volunteer work includes invasive plant and rodent removal manually and chemical applications of pesticides, native plant propagation, seed collection and processing, seabird and Laysan duck monitoring, marine debris removal, data entry and proofing, equipment maintenance, and other tasks depending on current projects and refuge needs.

Desired Skills/Experience:

  • Remote field experience in the Hawaiian archipelago with a focus on:

  • invasive species control

  • plant identification and plant propagation

  • avian identification, handling, and reproductive monitoring

Ideal candidates will possess:

  • strong interpersonal skills

  • able to work well independently as well as closely in a small group

  • easy-going with a good sense of humor

  • flexible to changing conditions

  • boating, kayaking, and snorkel experience 

Reviews & ratings



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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