Become part of Hawaii’s conservation story

What: Waimea Valley is working on Digitizing their Herbarium collection and we need people to help with the project. The volunteers will be able to take part in a mini internship helping us to get images of our collections and create a database. They will be training to use the imaging software and tools in the St. John Herbarium and using what they learn to finish getting the Waimea Herbarium digitized and catalogued. This will not be a paid internship, but volunteers will be registered as with Waimea Valley and can earn rewards like free day passes and invitations to our events.

Who: The opportunity is open to any UH students or Staff who can commit to helping us see this through and complete the imaging. It will also be open to community members and local residents who can find transportation to UH Manoa Campus.

When: We want the volunteers to start as soon as possible and expect that it will take 1-2 months to complete the project in their spare time. When the imaging work is finished, we will be happy to set up other opportunites with Waimea Valley such as assisting with the reorganization of the library and any other projects that interest you.

How Many: We are looking for 2-3 people to help with this project.

Who do I contact? Get in touch with Waimea Valley’s Volunteer Coordinator, Melani Spielman Email: Phone: (808) 638-5855

This will help us to not only protect the information contained in our herbarium sheets, but it will also add our collections to the Herbarium of the Pacific documents and ensure that future botanists and scientists are able to access the data. It also allows us to have a working list of many of the species in the valley and to fill in where we are missing herbarium sheets. There is also the chance to make this searchable on the internet so that people who are researching specific plants are able to find them in our collections and carry out further studies.


  • Posted On

    May 12, 2019
  • Closing Date

    November 8, 2019
  • Organization

    Waimea Valley Hi'ipaka LLC
  • Location

    UH Manoa Campus ( Work is for Waimea Valley)
  • Position Type

For more information about Waimea Valley Hi'ipaka LLC and this opportunity please visit our website at, contact us at 808-638-5855 or via email at

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