Plant, climate study intern sought

A yearlong internship for a college senior or recent college graduate to study climate change and its impact on silverswords is being offered by Haleakala National Park and the Hau’oli Mau Loa Foundation.

The Climate Change Internship will assist with research and public outreach on climate change impacts on population viability of the silversword, listed as a threatened species since 1992. The Haleakala silversword, or ‘ahinahina, is endemic to the summit of the Maui volcano.

The intern will receive scientific direction and training from Paul Krushelnycky of the University of Hawaii-Manoa and will work directly with resources management and interpretation staff from Haleakala National Park.

The first phase of the internship is set to run from Sept. 2 to Dec. 31. Phases two and three are scheduled for Jan. 2 to Aug. 31, 2014, pending continuation of funding.

Preferred candidates are those who are available for all three phases of the internship. The position is full time, generally 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays with some weekend work.

The intern will be based at the summit district of Haleakala National Park, which is between 7,000 and 10,000 feet in elevation.

Through the Student Conservation Association, the selected intern will receive a living allowance of $280 per week and be eligible for an AmeriCorps Educational Award that can be applied toward higher education costs, such as payment of student loans.

Candidates must be Hawaii residents. Housing in the park will be provided by the National Park Service for an intern who does not reside on Maui.

Preferred applicants must have graduated within the past two years with a degree in botany, ecology, environmental science or a related field. Advanced college students and seniors with declared majors may apply, but they must be working toward an undergraduate degree in one of the listed fields.

In addition to a strong background in the natural sciences, the applicant must be in good physical condition and capable of hiking at least 12 miles in a day at high elevations while carrying a 40-pound pack.

Hawaii Pacific Parks Association and the Student Conservation Association will provide administrative support.

To apply, go to the Student Conservation Association website at and search position number PO-00225966. Recruitment will be ongoing until the position is filled.

This internship is coordinated by Haleakala National Park and supported with a grant from Hau’oli Mau Loa Foundation, a Honolulu-based private grant-making foundation whose mission includes enhancing stewardship, preservation and protection of the environment. The Hawai’i Pacific Parks Association is the grant manager.

For more information about the Climate Change Internship, call Haleakala National Park’s internship coordinator, Kuhea Paracuelles, at 572-4452 or email kuhea_paracuelles@nps. gov. The program’s Facebook page is Ku No Ka Pono O Haleakala.