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    Haleakalā

    National Park Hawai'i

Haleakala National Park seeks trail steward volunteers

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Date: March 6, 2014

Do you enjoy hiking, spectacular views, and educating people? Haleakalā National Park is seeking fit and enthusiastic Maui residents to participate in the Kia`i Ala Hele trail stewards program beginning in June 2014. The program will educate backpackers and day-use visitors about the natural and cultural resources in the wilderness area of the crater. Volunteers will hike popular trails in the Summit District of Haleakala National Park and provide information to visitors. "Kia`i Ala Hele," means guardian or caretaker of the trail.

"This is a chance for community members to teach park visitors about the geology, culture, and unique plants and animals of Haleakalā and help the National Park Service protect this special place," says Melissa Chimera, Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteers will educate visitors in wilderness ethics and Leave No Trace principles and assist visitors in making informed decisions about back-country use and safety.

Interested applicants must have a valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and commit to a minimum of eight hours (one day) per month. Volunteers must be fit and able to hike at high altitudes (10,000 feet) in steep terrain. Foreign language skills are desirable but not required. Accepted applicants will be required to attend a two-day training in May that includes visitor education, emergency and radio protocol, and CPR/First Aid.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2014.To apply go to: http://www.nps.gov/hale/supportyourpark/volunteer-opportunities.htm, click on the "Trail Stewards" position and apply at the bottom of the page. For more information call 572-4487.

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