How to become a volunteer

Opportunities are available for individuals and organized groups. The guidelines below will help you get started as a volunteer with the Army’s natural resource program via the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai’i (RCUH).

Individual Interested in Signing Up to Volunteer

No experience is necessary to participate in natural resource program volunteer trips.  However, all participants must go through the 2018 volunteer application process, and sign-ups are restricted to approved RCUH volunteers.  (Please note that all volunteer applications completed prior to 2018 have expired.)

  1. Submit a 2018 RCUH Volunteer Application online via the State of Hawai’i eSign service.
  2. Receive volunteer application status email(s).
  3. Wait for next volunteer trip email announcement (Announcements are sent every other month via email.)
  4. Sign up for upcoming trips online at
  5. Receive individual volunteer trip confirmation 4-6 days prior to volunteer outing.

PLEASE NOTE: Sign-ups for May-June volunteer trips are restricted to approved RCUH volunteers.  We are now accepting applications for July-August volunteer trips.

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 through our volunteer application process. We plan trips based on group experience level and natural resource program 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.