Hawaii Island Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Project seeks 2020 Research Assistants (Unpaid)!
Since 1989, research assistants have aided project biologists with monitoring and protecting
nesting hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata). Within the Hawaiian archipelago,
approximately 90% of all documented hawksbill nesting activity has occurred along the southern
coastline of Hawaiʻi Island. A total of 171 nesting hawksbills have been tagged since 1991. Only
10 to 15 nesting hawksbills and 40 to 60 nests are documented each nesting season.
Unfortunately, Hawaiian hawksbills are considered one of the rarest population of sea turtles in
For the 2020 season, the monitoring team will consist of eight research assistants at a time from
May to December (possibly later). Research assistants must commit to the entire term period
requested on the application. Preference is given to those who are flexible with their availability.
Shared, dorm-style housing is provided at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Park housing is
located within walking distance of both the visitor center and our office, in a rainforest
environment at an elevation of 4,000 feet. Bedrooms are shared by multiple volunteers.
This is an unpaid position. A $10 per workday food reimbursement will be provided. However, it
can take approximately three months to receive payment. Additional funds are needed to
supplement this stipend for basic needs and entertainment. Furthermore, a vehicle will not be
provided for personal transportation.
For more information, view the attached flyers!
How to Apply:
1) Request an application via email at: info@HawaiiIslandHawksbillProject.org
2) Submit a cover letter, resume, and completed application form. These documents can be
emailed to: info@HawaiiIslandHawksbillProject.org