Preference for this position will be given to local applicants.
How would you like to help Hawaii Volcanoes National Park develop education curricula that incorporate both science and Hawaiian culture? The intern at this position would tap into research completed by local scientists, which links historic volcanic eruption events with moʻolelo (traditional Hawaiian stories), oli (chants), and hula.
The goal of the education program is to connect K-12 students with the park’s mission to “protect, study, and provide access to Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, two of the world’s most active volcanoes; and perpetuate endemic Hawaiian ecosystems and the traditional Hawaiian culture connected to these landscapes.” Local Hawaiian schools follow Common Core State and Next Generation Science Standards, but they also incorporate Hawaii specific HĀ outcomes. These outcomes are meant to instill a sense of belonging to the special place of Hawaii. The new curricula will align with these standards, link scientific and cultural inquiries, and enable students to learn and be inspired by their home.
Qualified applicants will have:
- a degree or will be working towards a degree in history, a natural science field, or education
- experience developing school curriculum and/or experience working with students in a classroom or outdoor education setting
- demonstrated interest in the natural history of park resources and/or natural or cultural history of Hawaii
- the ability to take directions and work independently
- the ability to work well with coworkers and function effectively as a member of a team
- the ability to sit and stand for moderate amounts of time
Preferred Skills (not required):
- Basic knowledge of volcanology
- Basic knowledge of Hawaiian culture and history
The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, of diverse background, or a veteran up to age 35. Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required.