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Volunteer program of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Becoming a Volunteer at HVO

How do I become a volunteer?

  • Step One
    Choose the project(s) or team(s) for which you want to volunteer (make sure you meet the requirements and time frame, if specified).

  • Step Two
    Fill out and submit an application form for the project or team for which you want to work. A copy of your application will be sent electronically to the project team leader and HVO's volunteer coordinator. A copy of the submitted application form will appear in your browser immediately after you click on the submit button; save or print this file for your records.

  • Step Three
    The team leader will review your application and contact you directly for further information; because team leaders might be traveling or on vacation, you may receive a response several weeks after you submit your application. If you do not hear from a team leader, it means that you are not being considered for a volunteer position.

  • Step Four
    If you are selected for a volunteer position, make your travel arrangements to and from Hilo International Airport, Hawai`i. You will be met at the airport and then driven to HVO or the guest house in the Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.

How do I choose a project or team?

  • Go to type of work and click on the various categories for a detailed description of the project, including the research and monitoring goals, type of work, knowledge and skills that may be necessary, and physical conditions that may be needed to participate.

  • Note the earliest time that a volunteer position is available for the type of work you choose.

What about health insurance?

  • All volunteers must have their own health insurance. You will be asked to show proof of your health insurance when you arrive at HVO.


Volunteer information

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Updated: 20 February 2002 (srb)