Get Involved


Our volunteers, friends, and partners are integral to Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge management. Volunteers support various Refuge programs including wildlife surveys, native plant restoration, visitor services, and facilities maintenance.


An active volunteer group at Kīlauea Point contributes approximately 8,000 hours of service to the refuge annually. The Kīlauea Point Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for residents and visitors to give back to Kauaʻi. Volunteers play an integral role in the daily operation of the Refuge and are readily available to answer questions and provide natural and cultural history information. The personal interaction between volunteers and the visiting public provides an outstanding educational experience. Volunteers also assist with the preservation of native plant species, maintaining facilities, conducting biological surveys, leading environmental education, and assisting on office and organizational projects.

Current volunteer opportunities (Click on the title to download a position description):

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  • Roving interpretation(105KB PDF) : Help visitors create a meaningful experience from their Kīlauea Point visit. Assist the staff by increasing public awareness and understanding of the Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Wildlife Refuge System, the native Hawaiian plant, animal, and cultural resources at Kīlauea Point, and the effects of invasive species.
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  • Biological Surveys (53 KB PDF) : Monitor taro fields and wetland management units for sick and dead birds by walking dikes, searching field perimeters in an assigned area, collecting birds, and accurately recording observations. Conduct periodic searches within wetlands and taro fields.
  • Bird Taxi (55 KB PDF): Transport injured or sick native birds to Save-Our-Shearwaters (SOS) in Puhi (approximately 1 – 1.5 hours away), dead birds to airport for shipment to O‘ahu for lab analysis, and rehabilitated birds back to Refuges for release. Along with birds, relay information and transport supplies.

Horticulture Volunteer

  • Native coastal plant restoration/Weeding/Outplanting (74KB PDF): Tend native plants in the Refuge nursery, Remove non-native plant species, and re-vegetate Refuge land with nursery-reared plants.
  • Photography (70 KB PDF) : Document a variety of Refuge events, celebrations, scenic vistas, flora, and fauna; and proficient in understanding lighting conditions, aperture, and shutter speeds to the capture the moment via a digital SLR camera.
  • Maintenance (78 KB PDF) : Assist Maintenance staff with many aspects of the day-to-day maintenance projects.
  • Environmental Education (85 KB PDF) : Assist in managing the Environmental Education program including recruitment, scheduling, and leading Environmental Education programs in schools and on the Refuge. This person will also be revising and developing K-4th grade curriculum as relevant to the Refuge Complex’s wildlife and the State of Hawai‘i’s Common Core Standards.

To become a Refuge Volunteer, please fill in this Volunteer Application Form (181 KB PDF) and

Kīlauea Point Natural History Association

Kīlauea Point Natural History Association (KPNHA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit cooperating association, founded in 1984, prior to the designation of the National Wildlife Refuge. During the transfer of Kīlauea Point in 1985 from the U.S. Coast Guard to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, KPNHA provided vital support. Since its inception, KPNHA has been a strong and productive organization. KPNHA maintains a small store in the Visitor Center where visitors can purchase books, t-shirts, maps, and other momentos. KPNHA has generated considerable funding, which has been used to promote wildlife and historical interpretation as well as environmental education at Kilauea Point and throughout the state.

For more information about Kīlauea Point Natural History Association and how you can get involved, please visit the KPNHA website.