How to Volunteer

The Kōkeʻe Resource Conservation Program does primarily alien species control work in the forests throughout the Parks. This involves strenuous hiking and the use of herbicides. The program provides a framework for volunteers to be involved in preserving the spectacular natural resources of the area, and is sponsored by GIRC&D, Inc and supported by Kauaʻi State Parks with funding from the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service, the Hawaii Community Foundation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, The Kauaʻi Watershed Alliance, Cooke Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service.

Rustic housing at the historic Kōkeʻe CCC Camp is available. Volunteers must have their own health insurance to stay here, the camp does not cover any accidents or illnesses. Volunteers are required to do light cleaning and maintenance of the camp. There's a large bunkhouse with beds, hot showers, and a fully equipped communal kitchen. The camp can accommodate up to 50 people. KRCP provides transport to and from the airport, and we can help volunteers get to the grocery store, post office etc., but the camp is isolated, 15 miles to the nearest town so you would have to find your own transportation to town on your days off if you wish to see the beaches and the rest of the island. There are an extensive network of trails in the park and we would be able direct you to the trail heads if you want to go backpacking in Kōkeʻe on your days off.

There is a public bus that goes around the island but they do not allow luggage over a certain size. There is NO bus station in Kōkeʻe! It is fifteen miles to the nearest bus stop. Please see link for bus restrictions.

The camp is very nice facility set in the forests of Kōkeʻe. But it can sometimes get very lonely here and you must have some emotional self-sufficiency to enjoy it. Staff does not live at the camp and sometimes there are no other volunteers staying here. We do not have an evening program for the camp and you must be able to entertain yourself in the evening.

We accept volunteers on short and long term basis. KRCP staff works Monday-Thursday 7 am- 5 pm.

Housing is a first come first serve basis at the CCC Camp.

To check on availability please contact us through email,

ALL ABOUT KAUAʻI This link will provide you with all the questions you will have such as airport and car rental company contact numbers, bus schedules, activities, and more.

Please go to the "Intern & Volunteer Forms" Page for a list of waivers and forms that need to be filled out and sent to:

Katie Cassel
Kōkeʻe Resource Conservation Program

P.O. Box 1108
Waimea, HI 96796
phone: (808) 335-0045