Volunteer Field Research Position – Kapa’au, HI

are seeking a highly motivated volunteer to participate in research activities related to wildlife monitoring and vegetation sampling on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Our project investigates non-native ungulate population dynamics and impacts on native vegetation. Ideal candidates will be enthusiastic, independent individuals who are interested in outdoor field work and a future career in the ecological sciences. This volunteer position is through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The work will be very strenuous, and will involve hiking 15+ miles a day carrying 30+ lbs. Terrain will be rough, with frequent navigation through very thick brush. Candidates must be in good physical condition and be able to maintain a positive attitude and work ethic in stressful situations. Work may involve 5-day camping hitches out in the field, with lodging provided in nearby Kapa’au. The volunteer will be working primarily with a graduate student who will train and supervise the volunteer during each hitch. The position will begin on June 10th and end on July 31th, but start and end dates are flexible.

Required Qualifications:

•    Have completed at least one year of undergraduate study

•    Highly motivated and enthusiastic in the field

•    Must possess a valid US driver’s license

•    Good physical condition

•    Experience hiking

•    Detail-oriented

•    Good problem-solving skills

•    Positive attitude in challenging and stressful situations

Desired Qualifications:

•    Experience with plant identification

•    Experience using wildlife camera traps

•    Basic hiking and camping gear

•    Experience driving off-road

This position is officially listed as a volunteer position – food and lodging with be provided.  However, transportation to and from Hawai’i will not be included.

To apply: Please send a current resume or CV, along with a cover letter describing your experiences and reasons for applying, along with contact information for two references, to mspeyton@wisc.edu. Please send this information no later than 5:00pm Central Time on May 20th. Feel free to direct any questions to Michael Peyton at the above email address.