Haleakala National Park is now accepting applications for Kupu-kupu 'Aina, an internship program geared for middle school students in grades 6 to 8, which will take place from March 18 to 22, 2013. There is no fee to participate in the program.
The weeklong internship is designed to introduce local youth to park programs and generate interest in careers related to natural resources management, interpretation and facilities management. Twelve students will be selected through a competitive process to participate in activities that will afford them opportunities to gain hands-on experience working alongside professional staff such as, native plant identification, invasive weed control, facilities maintenance, guided hikes and outdoor safety education.
National Park Service officials believe that the program will provide critical stepping stones to helping youth develop marketable skills and professional contacts, as well as general knowledge and appreciation for Hawai'i's natural areas and species, some of which are the world's best examples of endemism and adaptive radiation.
Kupukupu ‘Āina is one of three internship programs that were created at Haleakalā National Park in 2011.
This is the second year of the middle school program. Kupukupu 'Aina is one of three internship programs that were created at Haleakala National Park in 2011. The others include Pohai Maile, a high school summer program, and 'Imi i ka Lama, an eight-week program also held during the summer months for college-age students.
Interested students must be Hawai'i residents and available full-time between March 18 and 22. 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. Interns are eligible to receive a living allowance of $25 per day to help offset the cost of equipment and supplies they will need for the program.
Haleakala National Park encompasses two regions--the Summit District on the upper slopes of Haleakala, which reaches elevations between 7,000 and 10,000 feet and the Kipahulu District that stretches along the beautiful coast of East Maui.
Additional details and application packets may be obtained by contacting Internship Coordinator Kuhea Paracuelles at (808) 572-4452 or Kuhea_Paracuelles@nps.gov.
The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2013.