Haleakala National Park, in partnership with the nonprofit Kupu, is recruiting applicants for the third annual 'Imi i ka Lama summer internship program to be held June 3 to July 26.
Applicants must be Hawaii residents. Neighbor Island interns must be able to provide their own housing on Maui and have transportation to a designated pickup site. Hawaii residents who are attending a college or university on the Mainland or abroad also are encouraged to apply.
The eight-week internship will introduce the interns to park programs, affording them direct experience in natural resources management, interpretation, facilities management or visitor/resources protection. Interns will be matched with the park programs that best fit their academic and professional interests.
Haleakala National Park encompasses two regions: the Summit District on the upper slopes of Haleakala, situated on elevations between 7,000 and 10,000 feet, and the Kapahulu District that stretches along Maui's eastern coast.
Interested students must be available full-time. Program hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., not including travel time to and from the park. Free transportation to the park will be provided by park staff from designated sites in Central Maui and Upcountry. Interns are eligible to receive a living allowance of $200 per week to help offset the cost of supplies they will need for the program. The team leader will earn a living allowance of $430 per week. In addition, participants will be eligible to earn an AmeriCorps Educational Award of $1,175 that may be applied toward higher-education costs.
Hau'oli Mau Loa Foundation's Environmental Leadership Pathways program will enable all of the 'Imi i ka Lama interns to attend the 2013 Hawai'i Conservation Conference in July. This annual gathering of conservation professionals will offer the interns an opportunity to hear about current research and management projects and also to network with experts and other students from Hawaii, the U.S. Mainland and abroad.
Eight interns will be selected through a competitive process that includes a formal application and interview. Applicants may apply for any or all positions in the following programs: endangered wildlife management, facilities management, interpretation, Kapahulu District, Kipahulu ohana, team leader, vegetation management and visitor/resources protection. The official application packet, which contains details about each position, may be obtained by contacting the park's internship coordinator, Kuhea Paracuelles, at (808)