: New Volunteer Training

New Volunteer Orientation Class

You can help in the preservation, recovery and stewardship of Hawaii’s endangered and threatened marine species.

Are you interested in joining our Field Response Team? Or, do you want to help on our Education & Outreach or our Dispatch & Reporting Team?

To help on any of our volunteer teams, there is a 4-step process:

(1)  If you have not already done so, please complete the online volunteer application form HERE.

(2)  Next, attend our orientation class. The last class was held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 and the next class has not yet been scheduled.  If you complete the online form listed above you will be sent an email invitation but you must RSVP to attend the class as they fill up quickly.

(3)  Following the orientation class and at your convenience you will review training material and complete an online quiz covering the content taught in the orientation class.

(4)  Once the online test has been successfully completed, we’ll arrange for you to receive “on the job” training to actually perform volunteer duties. That way, you’ll be confident, effective and have the most fun possible while helping in species preservation and recovery.


  • Field Response Orientation Class – Next Class NOT YET SCHEDULED.  Classes starts at 11:00 SHARP so please give yourself extra time for traffic and parking.
  • Location:  The Box Jelly (shared workspace) at 307C Kamani Street located in the Kakaako area on the island of Oahu. (See map below)
  • An RSVP is required to attend the orientation as our orientation classes fill up quickly.

Please email your RSVP to training@h-mar.org and just say “I’m coming.”  Our orientation classes fill up quickly so please RSVP as soon as possible.

In this orientation, we will cover the natural history, conservation status and species recovery plan for one of the most endangered marine mammals on earth – the Hawaiian monk seal. You’ll learn about our organization’s roles and activity, volunteer expectations and we will share some real-world scenarios of what it’s like to be a volunteer for Hawaii Marine Animal Response.

The training location is a little difficult to spot from the street. The picture to the right shows what the location looks like from the street. Parking can be limited on the street so please give yourself extra time for traffic and to find a parking spot, either on the streets in the area, or about 1 block away on Ward Avenue where there is a former Sports Authority store as well as a Ross, Starbucks, McDonalds, etc. There is also parking at the Ward Warehouse shopping center at the corner of Ward and Queen Street about a block away.

The orientation will run for about 3 1/2 hours and we will have a short break during the training if you wish to bring a snack or lunch. Please be on time. The session begins at 11:00 am sharp so give yourself some extra time for traffic and parking.

You must RSVP for the class. Please email your RSVP to training@h-mar.org and just say “I’m coming.” Your RSVP is very important to make sure we have training materials ready for all participants. 

Here is a map showing the location for the new volunteer orientation class: