KRCP Internship Program

Invasive Species Control in Kōkeʻe, Island of Kauaʻi
Kōkeʻe Resource Conservation Program, a program of GIRC&D

LOCATION

Operations are based out of the historic Community Conservation Corps Camp in Kōkeʻe State Park on the island of Kauaʻi. The areas worked are within Kōkeʻe and Waimea Canyon State Parks, Nā Pali State Parks, Alakaʻi Wilderness Preserve. 

MAJOR WORK TASKS

Summer interns will assist Kōkeʻe Resource Conservation Program and DLNR Kauaʻi State Parks and Division of Forestry and Wildlife with the implementation of field management tasks. Tasks will include but not be limited to the following:

  1. Conduct weed control with both mechanical and chemical techniques. Weed control projects are performed in selected areas in a diversity of habitats from mesic Koa dominated forests to wet montane Ohi‘a dominated forests, and are performed to protect native ecosystems. Target species include Strawberry guava, Kahili ginger, and Australian Tree Fern removed by hand pulling, or cutting, followed by direct application of herbicides using a drip bottle. Proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is strictly enforced when handling herbicides.
  2. Delineate and follow field transects searching for and removing invasive weed species.
    Weed control techniques same as above.
  3. Teach and train individual and/or group volunteers, supervise groups in the field.
  4. Conduct threat control around rare plant species.
  5. Identify the location of and/or obtain Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates for daily work sites. Download GPS information into ArcView, print maps of daily work sites.
  6. Assist with greenhouse work in the native plant nursery, occasional outplanting.
  7. Occasional trail maintenance and/or tree cutting and chipping.

QUALIFICATIONS

The interns must have the following qualifications:

  1. Age: Minimum 18 years of age.
  2. Education: Minimum of a High School diploma.
  3. Abilities, Knowledge and Skills: Ability to communicate effectively and supervise students, mostly age 10 to 16. Commitment to preservation of Hawaiʻi’s native plant communities. Comfortable and responsible in wilderness conditions.
  4. Physical and/or Medical Demands: Physically able and willing to carry out organized field work under rigorous physical conditions. Able to hike up to 5 miles per day when necessary, backpack 35 pounds, and camp in remote areas for a period of several days. No back problems, serious allergies or other medical conditions. Team player, safe worker; ability to accept instructions and put them into practice.

Click here to see videos of KRCP at work in the forest.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Experience with Hawaiian flora and fauna, training in botany or ecology. Enrolled in a Bachelor program in environmental sciences (e.g., biology, botany, ecology, natural resource management)
  2. Ability to identify and evaluate significance of the resource and use of compass and maps. Ability to make sound planning and logistical decisions.
  3. Experience with GIS/GPS and Arcview Mapping Program.
  4. Hawaiʻi Driver’s license and clean traffic abstract.
  5. Should have their own transportation.