How to become a volunteer

Opportunities are available for individuals and organized groups. The guidelines below will help you get started as an OANRP volunteer.

Individual Interested in Signing Up to Volunteer

Individuals can become volunteers with OANRP through the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai’i (RCUH).

  • Download the PDF Application
    • We accept applications on an ongoing basis, however, please plan ahead.  Volunteer trips fill up quickly and the application approval process can take several weeks.  Volunteer applications that are received during the September/October time frame will be processed in time for applicants to sign up for the following posting period of November/December.
    • Submit your application to
      • PLEASE DO NOT SEND .JPEG files.  If you do not have access to a scanner, please utilize an app (e.g., TinyScan) that allows you to scan via phone.

Individual volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Minors (ages 14-18) must be accompanied by an adult. We do not allow minors to use herbicides (used for weeding).

Please keep in mind that applications must be renewed each year (volunteer applications completed prior to 2017 have expired).  If you are interested in volunteering in 2017 please fill out a new application.

Organizing a Volunteer Trip for a Group

We will gladly organize a volunteer experience for groups that carry their own insurance, or group members can apply individually via the RCUH volunteer application. We plan trips based on group experience level and OANRP project needs. We typically book at least three months in advance and can host up to 10 participants (including chaperones) at a time. We may be able to accommodate specific location requests if you are able to book early. Please contact to schedule a volunteer opportunity.

Groups affiliated with public/private schools, Boy Scouts of America, or other youth programs are welcome.  Recommended for grade four (4) and higher.  A representative (e.g., Troop leader) from the organization must be present on the trip.