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

Terrestrial

United States

Pacific

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Shared accommodation on the island

Requirements:

Qualifications:

  • 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

Facilities:

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 

How long can I stay?

When does the project run?

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Reviews & ratings

Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

This will not be the last Innoexpedition I go on. And I will keep supporting Innoceana and promoting all the work it is doing.

Volunteer

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Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

Volunteer

An Experience of a Lifetime