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Company: The Nature Conservancy
Location: Palmyra Atoll, HI
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


Job Title Galley Sustainability Volunteer, Palmyra Program Job ID 48274 Location Hawaii Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular OFFICE LOCATION

Palmyra Atoll, Hawaii



Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 74 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


Located 1,000 miles south of Hawai‘i, Palmyra Atoll (Palmyra) is one of the most spectacular marine wilderness areas on Earth.  Palmyra Atoll has 580 acres of emergent land with 480,000 acres of lagoons, coral reefs, and submerged lands and is a US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) National Wildlife Refuge out to 12 nautical miles offshore and a Marine National Monument out to 50 nautical miles. The Nature Conservancy owns 230 acres of land and manages this property as the Palmyra Atoll Preserve in partnership with the USFWS. TNC owns and operates research support facilities on the preserve.

Seasonal volunteers are recruited for 2 to 4-month assignments at the Palmyra Preserve to assist with general operations and help with science and conservation efforts.  Up to $900 of travel costs from the volunteer’s home State to Honolulu as well as two nights stay at a TNC-selected hotel in Honolulu are provided. Board and lodging for the duration of the volunteer assignment spent at the Palmyra Preserve is also included.  Volunteers are expected to complete a basic orientation to The Nature Conservancy’s mission, values and code of conduct before going to the atoll.  Volunteers will follow the work schedule of TNC staff working at the Palmyra Preserve: six eight-hour days of work and one day off per week.

Volunteers must possess, or be able to obtain a valid Passport with an expiration date later than the term of the assignment, proof of a physical examination showing good physical health, a current tetanus vaccination, and proof of health insurance.


The Galley Sustainability Volunteer (Galley Volunteer) is responsible for assisting with intense cleaning of all cabins, living areas, bathrooms, showers and recreation areas, as well as galley clean-up, inventory and stocking of supplies, and laundry service   They will also be responsible for assisting with meal preparation of breakfast, lunch and dinner for station guests, partners, staff, and volunteers.

The Galley Volunteer will also assist with stewardship and conservation actions within the preserve and the refuge.  These tasks include native forest restoration of growing and out planting native plant species to assist in animal habitat improvement and ecosystem resilience; and Invasive species removal which may include chemical, cultural or mechanical methods to control or eradicate.

Volunteers should also be prepared to support the station staff as directed in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

  • Work 6 days per week, in variable weather conditions (hot, humid, wet), at a remote location, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions will involve considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain, frequent possibility of injury, long hours in isolated settings, and exposure to petroleum products, paint and fuels.
  • Live and work productively, following TNC’s Code of Conduct, within a small and confined community on a remote location for up to 4 months.
  • Communicate effectively with a diverse group of people, including scientists, preserve staff and others, providing and obtaining needed information to ensure smooth completion of tasks.
  • In the event of an emergency, volunteers may be tasked with specific duties to ensure safety and welfare of the community.  This may include responding to minor/major medical emergencies, high-water evacuation events, marine rescue events, fuel spills and/or fire containment, etc. Volunteers will not be asked to involve themselves beyond their comfort level or skill set.

  • High school diploma or GED and at least 1 year of relevant experience in a professional food service environment.
  • Experience doing housekeeping and laundry.
  • Current working experience to positively support science and conservation activities that include using sharp tools and chemicals.                                           
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, or ServeSafe).


  • Professional cooking experience.
  • Experience in restoration ecology. Ability to maintain tools and equipment. Experience operating small boats with outboard engines. Ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members and manage diverse assignments.
  • PC and/or mobile device familiarity, including database knowledge or understanding. 


To apply to position number 48274, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 30, 2020.

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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.

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