Environmental Law Program

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering for an environmental agency or group is an excellent way to network and gain experience. Interested students should review the postings below and initiate contact directly with listed organizations.


Volunteer Legal Intern, U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resources Division, Law and Policy Section

Description: The U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), Law and Policy Section, is looking for a law student willing to serve as a volunteer legal intern this summer.

The Law and Policy Section advises and assists the Assistant Attorney General for the ENRD on legal and policy questions, particularly those that affect multiple sections in the Division. It handles the Division’s response to legislative proposals and Congressional requests, the Division’s comments on federal agency rulemakings, amicus participation in cases of importance to the United States, as well as other special litigation and projects on behalf of Division leadership. Other LPS attorney duties include serving as the Division’s ethics officer and counselor, alternative dispute resolution counselor, and liaison with state and local governments. Attorneys in the Section also coordinate the Division’s involvement in international legal matters, as well as the Division’s FOIA and Privacy Act work.

Any interested students should contact Lisa C. Oshiro Suganuma as soon as possible.

Lisa C. Oshiro Suganuma
Policy Analyst
U.S. Department of the Interior
Office of Native Hawaiian Relations
300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Rm. 5-231
Honolulu, Hawaii 96850
(808) 792-9555 (direct)


Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps, Department of Land and Natural Resources

Description:  The Youth Conservation Corps is a hands-on summer educational opportunity open to students interested in protecting Hawai‘i’s natural heritage. Students learn about environmental conservation, Hawai‘i’s native and endangered plants and animals, teamwork, Hawai‘i’s cultural relationship to the land, and much more.

Contact Info:  Go to http://www.hawaiiycc.com/.


State of Hawai‘i, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Native Rights, Land, and Culture Division

Description:  OHA’s NRLC Division is looking for volunteers who have an environmental law background. NRLC has a very small staff, but very big responsibilities, including writing EAs and EISs, testifying before the legislature and state agencies, and overall protection of water, land, and cultural resources for Native Hawaiians. Students who are interested in protecting Hawai‘i’s environment for Native Hawaiians please contact the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Contact Info:  Go to www.oha.org.


Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary – Sanctuary Ocean Count held three times annually. Visit http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/ for more information.


For the Environment – Check the Honolulu Advertiser‘s “For the Environment” section for weekly listings of opportunities.