Haleakala National Park is recruiting applicants through Friday, March 30, for its Pohai Maile Internship Program to be held from June 11 to 29.
Applicants must be Hawai'i residents and currently enrolled in grades nine through 12. Neighbor island interns must provide their own housing on Maui in proximity to the park or a designated pick-up site. There is no fee to participate in the program.
The three-week internship will introduce local youth to park programs and generate interest in careers related to natural resources management, interpretation and facilities management.
The interns will be afforded additional opportunities during the program to meet and work with other federal, state and nonprofit environmental agencies to build their professional network.
The Pohai Maile program will appeal most to students who are interested pursuing a natural resources related career in Hawai'i.
Interested students must be available full-time between June 11 and 29. 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 from designated sites in Central Maui and Upcountry. Interns are eligible to receive a living allowance of $25 per day to help offset the cost of supplies they will need for the program.
Haleakala National Park encompasses two regions: the Summit District on the upper slopes of Haleakala between 7,000 and 10,000 feet in elevation, and the Kipahulu District that stretches along Maui's eastern coast.
Twelve students will be selected through a competitive process that includes a formal application and interview. More information can be viewed at www.volunteer.gov; however, online applications will not be accepted. The official application packet may be obtained by contacting Internship Coordinator Kuhea Paracuelles at (808) 572-4452 or Kuhea_Paracuelles@nps.gov. Completed applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 30.