Haleakala National Park is now accepting applications for Kupukupu 'Aina, an internship program geared for middle school students.
There is no fee to participate in the program, which will take place March 18-22.
The weeklong internship is designed to introduce local youth in grades 6-8 to park programs and generate interest in careers related to natural resources management, interpretation and facilities management.
Twelve students will be selected to gain hands-on experience working alongside professional staff through activities 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 steppingstones to helping youth develop marketable skills and professional contacts, as well as general knowledge and appreciation for Hawaii's natural areas and species.
Participants must be Hawaii residents and available full time during the program. 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 an allowance of $25 per day to help offset the cost of equipment and supplies they will need for the program.
Additional details and application packets may be obtained by contacting the park's internship coordinator, Kuhea Paracuelles, at 572-4452 or Kuhea_Paracuelles@nps.gov. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31.