Protected Resources

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Protected Resources Volunteer Opportunities

Want to help protect our marine resources for future generations? If you’re able to contribute your time and energy with a positive, “can-do” attitude, here are some opportunities to join in and help out!

Monk Seal Volunteering

Teams of volunteers across the islands routinely assist in monk seal and sea turtle response activities. Depending on the island and their interest, volunteers may assist with the following:

If you are interested in monk seal volunteering, please contact the following:

Island(s) Who to Contact Contact Information
Oahu & Moloka‘i Hawaii Marine Animal Response disclaimer external link
Kaua‘i Kaua‘i Monk Seal Conservation Hui
Maui Maui Nui Nui Marine Mammal Response Coordinator
Hawai‘i Island The Marine Mammal Center: Ke Kai Ola disclaimer external link

If you are interested in sea turtle volunteering, please contact the following (see below for more information on these programs):

Island(s) Who to Contact Contact Information
Oahu Hawaii Marine Animal Response disclaimer external link
Oahu Malama na Honu disclaimer external link
Oahu Haunama Bay volunteer Program disclaimer external link
Maui Hawaii Wildlife Fund disclaimer external link
Maui U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dawn Patrol
Maui Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute disclaimer external link
Hawai‘i Island Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Hawksbill Turtle Program

Sea Turtle Basking and Public Management

Green sea turtles in Hawaii bask (sleep) on the beach. This makes them very accessible to the public but also highly susceptible to human disturbance. Volunteers provide educational outreach at a few public beaches and at community festivals or outreach events in order to help reduce or prevent human disturbance to sea turtles. Volunteers with Malama na Honu (Oahu) and Hawaii Wildlife Fund (Maui) receive training and help by providing information and guidance to the public to minimize disturbance and ensure respectful and responsible wildlife viewing opportunities. These programs accept all ages and capabilities, and provide training to qualified individuals. NOAA recommends viewing sea turtles – on land and in the water – from a minimum distance of 10 feet (3 meters).

Sea Turtle Nesting and Beach Monitoring

Green and hawksbill turtles nest (lay their eggs) in Hawaii. There are a number of community-based volunteer programs in Hawaii that help monitor nesting activity. Volunteers with Malama na Honu (Oahu), Hawaii Wildlife Fund (Maui), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sea Turtle Dawn Patrol (Maui), and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii Island) receive training to help to identify nesting activity, or work directly with researchers to participate in monitoring activities. The hawksbill program on the Island of Hawaii is geared towards college students or recent college graduates that can tolerate hiking and camping in remote conditions for extended periods of time. If interested in volunteering, please contact programs directly at contact information listed above.

If interested in whale or dolphin stranding opportunities (any island):
Please contact the University of Hawaii "UH stranded cetacean program" at:, or call 808-956-3840.

Report Sightings of Protected Wildlife

There are often opportunities for the public to assist in gathering scientific information, otherwise known as Citizen Science. You can support ongoing conservation efforts by providing the following information:

NOAA Volunteer & Student Internships

NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office Protected Species Division may provide volunteer opportunities on Oahu for college students and recent graduates that focus on marine mammal response, management, and recovery. For more information, send inquiries to: .