Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking volunteers for six months at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the biological program from September 2018 to March 2019. The biological program focuses on controlling and removing non-native species and to maintain, conserve, and restore quality habitat to meet the needs of indigenous plants, seabirds, water birds, monk seals and sea turtles.
In addition to being a National Wildlife Refuge, Midway Atoll is also designated as Battle of Midway National Memorial and part of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Midway Atoll is a remote field site located over 1,300 miles from the main Hawaiian Islands and is inhabited by a small community of ~50 residents comprising of FWS staff, volunteers, and contractors.
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 through 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.
Midway Atoll is an extremely remote site and receives supplies occasionally by plane or ship. However, this can be not be reliable and due to weight restrictions, volunteers must be prepared to have all necessary amenities (i.e. toiletries and medications) with them upon arrival. Communication on island is limited to landline phones and slow internet access. Transportation on island will primarily be by foot or bicycle. Weather conditions can be harsh with strong winds, tropical storms, and hot sun. Safety is of primary concern. Volunteers should be aware that evacuation for emergencies or medical issues can typically take at least 24 hours and can be very expensive. All volunteers will need to carry medicalevacuation insurance. Any medical concerns should be discussed prior to arrival to Midway (i.e. adverse reactions to jelly fish or bee stings, food allergies, asthma, etc.). If an issue is of concern, we can work with the incumbent and their medical provider to determine if being on a remote, isolated island is in the best interest of the volunteer and the service.
Selected applicants will be sent a packet of additional information on the island, duties, and suggested items to bring, as well as required forms. These items must be submitted before the volunteer arrives for duty in Honolulu. Volunteers are required to obtain a PIV card before arriving to Honolulu which can take up to one month. A current physical, tetanus shot, and TB test are also required. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will provide transportation between Honolulu and Midway Atoll, housing, and meals while on Midway Atoll.
Please email a single PDF file in the following format: YourLastName_Spring2019.pdf that includes your cover letter, resume/CV, and at least three references. You may send your application materials with the subject line “Midway Atoll Volunteer Application” to Kelly Goodale at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please direct any questions to Kelly Goodale as well.
Applications Due by December 15, 2018