Frequently Asked Questions

I have not volunteered with OANRP before and would like to.  How can I get involved?

Individuals can become volunteers with OANRP through the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai’i (RCUH). While volunteer spots for the current posting (November-December 2016) are limited to existing volunteers who have already been through the application process, applications are now being accepted for 2017 volunteer opportunities.

I just completed the volunteer application process.  Why do I have to do it again for 2017?

RCUH is now requiring that all volunteers complete the application every year.  A background check will also be conducted during the application process.  OANRP staff will initiate the re-application process at the end of each year.

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., January-February).  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.  We select 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 outreach@oanrp.com 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 OANRP baseyards.  We can also set up an opportunity for you to visit our native Hawaiian interpretive garden on Schofield Barracks.  Contact outreach@oanrp.com 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.