Thank you for your interest in HCRF!
There are many aspects and opportunities within the Hawaii Cetacean Stranding Facility. Our volunteers may become involved with education, live animal responses and rehabilitation, dead animal recovery, event planning, fundraising and more.
How do you become a HCRF volunteer? In order to become a volunteer, you must be at least 18 years of age. We suggest that you attended our monthly Hilo Marine Mammal Response Meeting for more information, or you may contact us directly. You may also request to be added to our email list to find out about the four required training sessions (held semesterly). We welcome volunteers of all background and experience levels.
With your continued commitment of time you will gain much valuable experience that you may be able to use in your studies, career, or personal life but your enrichment is not the goal of our program. We are here for the animals as well as what we can learn from them.
Training sessions are usually held twice a year and general run from 10am-2pm on weekends. There is a lecture series in the morning and practical field experience in the afternoon. Sessions are free.
Not located in or near Hilo, please contact your local branch of the Hawaii Response Network.