Haleakalā National Park - Conservation Summer Opportunity - 'Imi I Ka Lama

Mar 18 2020
Kupu |Kula|Full Time
Category: Environmental
Job Description



The ‘Imi i ka Lama program, is a paid opportunity that offers field-based service for those that want to learn about the National Park system. The mission of the programs is to further the protect natural and historical resources located within Haleakalā, and to give individuals an opportunity to explore potential career choices. Participants get a chance to work alongside park professionals in various positions including; Team Leader, Endangered Wildlife Management Member, Resources Management Member, Interpretation Member, and Facilities Management Member. This eight-week long program is intended for those who have an interest in pursuing a career in natural resources conservation and/or the National Park Service. It does not preclude applicants without prior experience in environmental service, but does seek individuals who have an interest and willingness to learn about the natural environment at Haleakalā and the ongoing efforts to protect its unique species.


There are 6 positions on Maui with the National Park Service at Haleakalā. One team leader (must be 21 years of age or older with a clean driver’s abstract) and up to 5 team members (Endangered Wildlife Management Member x2, Search & Rescue Member, Interpretation Member, and Maintenance Facilities Trail Crew Member).

PROGRAM DATES: June 8 - August 1, 2020 (8 weeks)

Application Deadline: 31st March 2020.


Endangered Wildlife Management The member will assist with the monitoring of endangered native bird species and threat abatement. They will acquire basic knowledge and skills in these areas by working alongside professional Park staff.


Facilities Management The member will assist with gathering data on facilities and infrastructure, wastewater and Park engineering and construction activities. He/she will acquire basic knowledge and skills in construction, wastewater management, engineering, and other related areas. He/she must be able to work both indoors and outdoors in varying weather conditions.


Interpretation The member will help staff visitor center(s), answer visitor questions, work at contact stations using tools to help visitors connect with the park resources, and other related duties. He/she must be outgoing, interested and skilled in working with the public and children.


Search and Rescue The member will learn about all aspects of Haleakalā National Park’s Visitor and Resources Protection program from a law enforcement and emergency operations standpoint. He/she will participate in ride-along’s with law enforcement officers and work with the Park’s Safety Officer to learn about Emergency Medical Services (EMS), search and rescue, traffic control issues, and visitor information and safety. The member will learn how all of these elements combined help to keep our visitors safe and our natural and historical resources protected.


Team Leader The Team Leader will participate in and help coordinate work projects for college level team members. He/she should have strong organizational skills and an interest in natural resources stewardship and management and environmental education. The Team Leader will be expected to track member attendance and performance. The Team Leader must be willing and able to transport members safely to and from the Park and between out-of-Park work sites using a seven passenger mini- van. He/she must be willing and able to take a Helicopter B-3 aviation safety course.

Other duties may include those that are assigned by the site manager or supervisor.


Training may be received on the following:

• Orientation to the NPS and Haleakalā National Park

• CPR/AED Training

• Park Safety Training

• Ethics & IT Security Training

• Orientation to park staff and park areas (Summit, Wilderness, Kīpahulu as appropriate)

• On-the-job training in predator control methods & endangered species monitoring

• Other training as needed for position.


Backcountry duties include hiking to and from remote camps/base with backpacks up to 40 pounds over 3 -12 miles. Elevational differences in work areas may range up to 3,300 feet per day. Most of the field work is solitary with occasional interaction with other park staff.


  • Age – Applicants must be at least 17 years of age by June 8, 2020.
  • Diploma – Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or working towards one.
  • Citizenship – Applicants must be one of the following: a US Citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien (due to AmeriCorps regulations), and provide additional documentation as required
  • Criminal History Check – Applicants are subject to a criminal history check.
  • Housing/Transportation – Applicants must have their own personal housing and transportation arrangements on-island.
  • All members and the team leader be able and willing to hike daily over rough and uneven terrain and participate in multi-day trips on Maui. The member will be expected to maintain a daily journal and prepare a final presentation.


• Team Members will receive $400.00* bi-weekly and the Team Leader will receive $800.00* bi-weekly. Both positions will receive a $1,289.95 Education Award- through Kupu’s largest supporter - AmeriCorps

• Opportunity to gain extensive knowledge about a handful of worksites (as members typically work at a single site during the program). Opportunity to work side-by-side with a supervisor and potential employer who works in an environmental field you are interested in.

• A more focused, in-depth learning experience and further awareness of specific environmental issues

• *Living allowances are subject to taxes and are paid bi-weekly over eight weeks. Living allowances are awarded at the above stated amount and are not dependent on hours worked.

• Valuable job and life skills
• And most of all, the opportunity to protect Hawaii’s natural resources and make a positive impact in your community


Site Summary

Haleakalā National Park extends from sea level to 10,023 feet. The summit area of the park receives anywhere from 40 to 150 inches of rain each year with the coastal area of Kīpahulu receiving over 80 inches. Temperatures at the summit can range between 30 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit at any time of the year. Work will be performed outside and weather can range from hot and sunny, to cold, wet, and windy. Weather changes rapidly, and members need to be prepared for any type of weather at any time of year. This position is predominantly an outdoor position. Members must not be afraid of heights. Position requires a great amount of physical exertion at times and must be able to traverse irregular terrain with up to 30 pounds of gear for distances of 3 miles or more.

Participants will be provided with work t-shirts. Rain gear and other outerwear will be provided as needed. Members are required to wear closed-toed shoes at all times (including office work). Participants will need to provide transportation to the pick-up site to Haleakalā National Park. Pick up sites will be in Wailuku and Makawao.