VOLUNTEERING

Waimea Valley’s volunteers are an important part of our mission. They provide essential support for the preservation of our cultural sites and traditional knowledge; they also play a big role in our environmental conservation work and in maintaining our extensive botanical gardens.

We have many opportunities for groups and individuals to join the volunteer team and help this beautiful Valley thrive. There are three main ways to get involved: join us for public volunteer events, set up exclusive group projects, or register for individual volunteer opportunities

For more information or to become a part of our volunteer 'ohana (family), please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteers@waimeavalley.net, phone at (808) 638-5855, or by completing this Contact Form.



VOLUNTEER CALENDAR





Our volunteer program is designed for service-learning experiences that follow the well-known ʻōlelo noʻeau (Hawaiian Proverb) “ma ka hana, ka ‘ike” (with the work, we learn). These opportunities are set up to inspire closer connections to the precious 'āina (land), holona (animals), lā‘au (plants), wai (freshwater), and traditional Hawaiian cultural practices that we honor and perpetuate. We share our knowledge and provide training to all volunteers, giving them a chance to learn and grow as they donate their time.



PUBLIC VOLUNTEER DAYS

These events are open for members of the public to experience Waimea valley’s service-learning program. To join an event, send an RSVP email to volunteers@waimeavalley.net. Please include the date, event, and how many spots you would like.

There are volunteer mailing lists that provide monthly updates on the public volunteer days. Email the volunteer coordinator for more information on those, or join the lists through this Contact Form.

Public volunteers will be required to sign waiver forms that are provided on the morning of their event. We do not require volunteer applications for these events.

CONSERVATION WORK DAYS


HĀNAI ‘ĀINA


Hānai ‘Āina workdays are Conservation workdays for participants ages 12 and up.  Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Reservations are required, and volunteers must be able to stay for the entire event.

To register for a specific Hānai ‘Āina workday, check the calendar for scheduled dates and send an email request to volunteers@waimeavalley.net to secure a spot.



MĀLAMA MALA

 

‘OHANA VOLUNTEER DAYS

‘Ohana Volunteer Days are service-learning workdays for participants of all ages; however, minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Reservations are required as space is limited.

To register for a specific ‘Ohana Volunteer workday, check the calendar for scheduled dates and send an email request to volunteers@waimeavalley.net to secure a spot.


ANNUAL EVENTS

We hold two big volunteer celebrations each year, one in April for Earth Day and one in October for Make A Difference Day. Both events include volunteer projects, a raffle with fun prizes, and the opportunity to connect with other local organizations.

EARTH DAY

Saturday, April 23rd 2022

Morning Session,  9 AM TO 11:30 AM

Afternoon Session, 12 PM TO 2:30 PM

Volunteers who participate in this special, once-a-year event will be able to join either the morning and/or the afternoon sessions. For each session attended, they will earn an entry for the event raffle with great prizes like a one-year family pass to Waimea Valley.  This event is for participants of all ages; however, minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  Reservations are required as space is limited.

To reserve a space, send an email request to volunteers@waimeavalley.net


MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY

Saturday, October 22nd 2022

Details forthcoming. For more information, send an email to volunteers@waimeavalley.net




EXCLUSIVE GROUP PROJECTS


Groups are welcome to sign up for our Public Volunteer Days and annual Volunteer Events; however, it is particularly fun to sign up for an exclusive group project designed specifically for your organization.

Exclusive group projects are open to private businesses, schools, civic clubs, teams, non-profits, and any other organizations that are looking for service opportunities. We work with volunteer groups of all ages, interests, and abilities, so if you are looking for a service-learning experience, we have lots of opportunities.

Projects can be arranged with the volunteer coordinator and are typically scheduled 2-4 weeks in advance. They are great opportunities because not only will groups get the satisfaction of making a lasting impact, but they can also earn free admission, tours, and cultural activities on their day of service.

We have many groups that return regularly, some visit yearly and some even return as often as twice a month. We also have a group that adopted their favorite garden and come in once a month to maintain it.

If you are interested in an exclusive group project, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteers@waimeavalley.net, phone at (808) 638-5855.


ADOPT A GARDEN PROGRAM

We have a new, special program where organizations can adopt and care for their very own garden in Waimea Valley.  If you adopt a garden, your organization will have its name posted at the garden and will be recognized in Waimea Valley’s external communications.  This is an excellent way for your business or organization to earn recognition by demonstrating a commitment to the community.

If you are interested in adopting a garden, please contact Executive Director Richard Pezzulo by phone (808) 638-5851 or email RPezzulo@WaimeaValley.net




INDIVIDUAL LONG TERM OPPORTUNITIES

Individual, volunteer opportunities are best for people who are interested in making a long-term impact in Waimea Valley and have the time to commit to at least one or two days a week. You would be a regular part of Valley operations and have a set schedule.

To join the volunteer team as an Individual, please fill out the volunteer application form and register with the volunteer coordinator. Registered volunteers are given a choice of different departments and projects to get involved with. Individual volunteer opportunities include hospitality ambassadors/greeters, Docents, botanical assistants, facilities maintenance, office assistants, special events support, and conservation team members. We provide training and the opportunity to learn from and connect with our incredible staff. This program is meant for adults, but minors may join our team if a parent or legal guardian accompanies them.



Please review the list of individual volunteer opportunities to determine your area of interest.

volunteer opportunities

Hospitality Ambassador/Greeter

Ambassadors play a vital role at Waimea Valley. As the first and last people to welcome our guests at the main entrance, Ambassadors give guests a great first impression and leave a fond, lasting memory of Waimea Valley. As an Ambassador, volunteers are provided with opportunities to continually deepen their knowledge of the cultural and environmental significance of the Valley, while simultaneously strengthening their outreach and public speaking skills. Desired skills and abilities: Be able to express aloha - Outgoing and comfortable talking to strangers - Familiar with botanical, cultural, and ecological highlights of Waimea Valley (helpful) - Understand and represent the mission of Hi'ipaka/Waimea Valley - Available on a long-term, weekly basis.

Docents

Docents are an important part of the educational side of Waimea Valley. Their focus is on sharing the many wonders of the Valley and engaging with the visitors through talks, demonstrations, and tours. There are three types of Docent: Cultural, Botanical, and general. The cultural docents work with the cultural team to maintain cultural sites and share the cultural history and significance of Waimea. The botanical docents highlight and share the amazing plants that grow in Waimea. General docents do a combination of the above. Desired skills and abilities: Be able to learn and retain information - Outgoing and comfortable talking to strangers - Familiar with botanical, cultural, and ecological highlights of Waimea Valley (helpful) – background in education (helpful). Available on a long-term, weekly basis.

Botanical Assistants: Gardens and Horticulture

Home to over 5,000 species of plants from throughout the globe, Waimea Valley’s botanical garden collections are legendary. The work involved in maintaining our world-class botanical gardens requires attention and care from both dedicated staff and volunteers. Responsibilities include watering, potting, preparing soils, weeding, pruning, mulching, and general plant maintenance. Desired skills and abilities: Comfortable kneeling and bending - Comfortable lifting light to moderate objects and tools (i.e. shovel and potted plants) - Moderate physical fitness - General knowledge of gardening and botany is very helpful.

Facilities Maintenance: Beautification Projects

Help us maintain Waimea’s grounds and facilities through projects such as painting railings, benches, picnic tables, and more. Desired skills and abilities: Comfortable kneeling and bending - Comfortable lifting light to moderate objects and tools (i.e. shovel and potted plants) - Moderate physical fitness.

Office Assistants

Provide general administrative assistance that requires attention to detail and organization (i.e. filing, computer-based tasks, and mailings). Desired skills and abilities: Comfortable kneeling and bending - Comfortable lifting light objects- Organizational, written, and verbal skills - Works well independently and as part of a team - Interpersonal skills - Comfortable working with web and online search engines - Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Outlook, Word, and Excel.

Special Events Support

Nearly all of our special events throughout the year require the assistance and expertise of volunteers in order for the events to be successful. Because most of our events take place in the evening or on weekends, special events offer flexibility in scheduling. Volunteer duties vary by event but may include traffic control/parking, concessions, and greeting guests. Desired skills and abilities: Interpersonal skills - Works well independently and as part of a team.

Conservation Team Members: Hui Hānai ‘Āina

Our conservation program is focused on restoring native forest land and maintaining the habitats of the endangered plants and animals that we protect. Join our Waimea Valley team and be part of the ongoing effort to improve the ecology of the Valley. Volunteer activities include clearing out invasive weeds, planting natives, and native seed collection. Desired skills and abilities: Moderate physical fitness - Comfortable hiking uphill along the mountain ridge.