Backcountry Intern (PO-00734574)

This backcountry intern position is located on the southern side of the Big Island of Hawaii at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Duties Include:

  • Conduct checks of backcountry facilities (cabins, coastal shelters and water catchment systems)
  • Document backcountry problems and report to appropriate division
  • Document and report all potential visitor safety and law enforcement concerns
  • Assist Resource Management Staff with projects such as sea turtle and nene protection
  • Check backcountry permits and answer questions about the park to backcountry users
  • Use education to correct actions that cause harm to wilderness values and notify Law Enforcement Rangers when a violation occurs
  • Respond to and/or assist with backcountry emergencies such as searches, injuries etc.
  • Assist with frontcountry projects such as eruption duty, parking control for special events etc.
  • Assist interpretive staff in visitor center with visitor management
  • Conduct trail projects and work hard outdoors
  • Promote Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics to park users and attend training on this topic

  • $275 – weekly living allowance
  • $1,180 – one time RT travel allowance
  • $775 – monthly housing allowance (to go toward housing provided by the Park)
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,718.25)

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

It is SCA's policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared prior to the position's start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position's start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.

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Position ID: PO-00734574

Expected Dates: May 29, 2023 - August 20, 2023

1 Crater Rim Drive
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718

Training Provided: Basic First Aid, Map and Compass, GPS, Wildland Fire, Search and Rescure, Leave No Trace, Trail Maintenance

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Opportunities to work with the many different divisions within the park including: Resource Management, Interpretaion, Inventory and Monitoring, Endangered Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Project

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Backcountry/Trail work

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

Commuting if local.

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association