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

Weekly cost (approx USD):



United States


Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes work


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 

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