Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve never volunteered with the Army’s natural resources program and would like to get involved.  How can I become a volunteer?

Sign up for volunteer trips (or waitlists) online at Outreach staff will follow up with individuals to initiate the volunteer application process.

I already completed a volunteer application in previous years.  Why do I have to do it again?

As of July 17, 2019 all volunteers will be asked to complete a new volunteer application, which will remain on file with the natural resources program outreach staff.  Once approved, a volunteer application will no longer need to be renewed, unless information on the original application needs to be updated.

Where can I find a current list of volunteer trip dates?

Visit the e komo mai page to view the current date range (e.g., July-August).  Trips are announced via email and online six times per year and describe the next two months of volunteer opportunities.

I am a teacher, professor, Boy Scout leader, etc.  Can I organize a volunteer trip for my group?

We will gladly organize a volunteer experience for groups that carry their own insurance.  At least one representative from your group must possess current first aid/CPR training.  We select trips based on group experience level and 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.

Are there trips that do not involve hiking?

While most of our service trips involve approximately two hours of hiking, a few projects only require a very short (<15 minute) hike.  Please refer to the specific descriptions for each volunteer project prior to signing up for a trip.  Within each description you will find the rating level for the activity (advanced, moderate, or easy) and rationale for the rating.  If you are interested in volunteering but are unable to meet the physical demands of the field volunteer opportunities, we offer a limited number of projects around the natural resources program baseyards.  We can also set up an opportunity for you to visit our native Hawaiian interpretive garden on Schofield Barracks.  Contact if you are interested in these types of opportunities.

How long are the volunteer trips?

All service trips are full days, running from 7-9 hours total, depending on activities.

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

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

*Groups affiliated with public/private schools, Boy Scouts of America, etc., have an age minimum of 10 for volunteer trips in the field. A representative (e.g., troop leader) from the organization must be present on the trip.

On what days are volunteer trips offered?

Volunteer trips are offered on both weekends and weekdays.