Sanctuary Advisory Council Recruitment

dolphins leaping out of the water
Photo: Ed Lyman/NOAA, under NOAA permit #14097

Apply to Become a Member

NOAA's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary periodically recruits for new Sanctuary Advisory Council members. The council was established to ensure continuous public participation in the management of the sanctuary. The council's 18 voting members and 13 non-voting members serve on a volunteer basis and represent a variety of local user groups, the public, and state and federal governmental jurisdictions.

Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve a three-year term. Service on the council is on a volunteer basis.

Future recruitments and instructions for application will be announced and published to this page. If you have any questions about recruitment please contact Cindy Among-Serrao, Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator, via e-mail at or by phone at 808-725-5923.

Additional information about sanctuary advisory councils, as well as links to council charters and the National Advisory Council Handbook, can be found on the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries website.