Sidney was a Teen Leader this summer with KWP. Through this summer internship, she experienced the rigors of conservation field work, and was also exposed to science research, and worked with younger students as a leader with Waimea Middle Schoolʻs STEM Instead summer program.
For my first days with the Kohala Watershed Partnership this summer, we drove to the Koaiʻa Corridor to plant baby ‘ōhiʻa trees. I remember driving up the road looking out the window amazed at the size and amount of the trees that had already been planted. The last time I had visited the planting corridor was over a year ago on one of the volunteer days. I didn’t remember the trees being so large and so abundant. I hoped that the trees I had previously planted were alive and large like the ones we were driving by. For the first time I realized that maybe it would be possible to recreate a forest. Not just out-plantings of native trees, but an actual native Hawaiian forest.
When we arrived, we got our shovels, filled a bucket with saplings, and headed out. As I grabbed the young ʻōhiʻa, I was struck by their beauty. The leaves were red and green and they were shiny and healthy looking. Immediately I wanted every one of the saplings to survive. I realized just how special and beautiful these native Hawaiian plants were.
We walked into the planting area and began. It was hard work. You had to get each of the saplings planted beneath the roots of the grass, which is difficult because there are at least six inches of grass roots that you must dig through. Despite the difficulty in planting even one sapling, the job never seemed tedious. With each sapling planted, I felt joy knowing that these trees would outlive me and contribute to restoring the land to its previous splendor.
As we planted I talked and got to know some of the crew members and interns. Their stories of traveling to the Northwestern Hawaiian islands, or discovering a passion in mycology, or traveling to college to get a degree in watershed science, made me realize just how committed these people were to the work we were doing. I hope that one day I can find a similar passion and make a profession out of it. I know now how special Kohala and the people restoring it are, and am happy just to have spent a few weeks getting to learn from them.
It’s hard to believe…
Looking above the pastures of Waimea, Eucalyptus plantations of Honoka’a, and Mac Nut Orchards of Kapa’au, it’s hard to believe a native rainforest exists atop Kohala Mountain.
My internship with Kohala Watershed Partnership (KWP) has made me a believer.
The land above Kawaihae is regenerating where it is protected by fences. The (nearly) pristine forests on Kohala Mountain will hopefully remain with protection from fences and removal of invasive species.
My internship with KWP has shown me both the fragility and the resilience of the many environments of Kohala. Explore these areas as I have, and I doubt it will take you long to become a believer, too. I feel privileged to work in these amazing places: protecting what is, and encouraging the resurgence of what was.
Can you imagine working here? Do you have what it takes? Building fences, doing biological surveys, and controlling weeds in one of the most unique and threatened ecosystems on the planet?Looking for people who can labor all day in extreme environmental conditions while maintaining a sense of humor, and work effectively with a team to protect and restore Kohala’s forested watershed.
Follow this link to The Kohala Center employment page for application forms, job description, and other details. http://kohalacenter.org/about/employment-opportunities
Application forms are due by Friday, April 24th. Late applications will not be considered, so don’t get left in the mud!
Email sincere questions to Melora, firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
The Kohala Watershed Partnership (KWP) is seeking a new leader to work with the KWP crew, to perform the following types of field work: weed survey and control, ungulate-proof fence construction, native plant propagation, outplanting & irrigation, feral ungulate control, and erosion mitigation. In addition, the crew leader is responsible for planning and monitoring of our work using biological surveys, GPS, and GIS.
Minimum application requirements:
• Associate or Bachelor’s degree in biology, forestry, conservation, geography, or similar field.
• At least 3 years of field experience in Hawaii working with a conservation field crew.
• Training and experience using GIS to map and monitor field work.
• Proven leadership capability as a crew leader or similar position.
• Flexible time schedule, including back-country camping for five days at a time and some weekend work.
We are seeking a positive, communicative, goal-oriented individual who can successfully balance the management of people and projects.
Pay scale: $21.00 per hour plus benefits. This is a full-time, hourly, field position with The Kohala Center, a Hawaii Island-based non-profit organization that supports the work of KWP.
To apply: Send a resume summarizing education, work experience, and leadership capability, along with a cover letter that will help us to know you better. We will review resumes on Monday, March 25, and schedule interviews with our top candidates on Thursday, March 28.
Send resume and cover letter via email to KWP coordinator Melora Purell at email@example.com or via regular mail to P.O. Box 437182, Kamuela, HI 96743
For more information about KWP and the work we do, please visit our website, kohalawatershed.org. If you have questions, please feel free to email Melora or call her at 333-0976.
When you look at this image of the wilderness of windward Kohala Mountain, do you wish you were there, working in such an amazing place? Do you have an understanding of the interactions of the natural, spiritual, and human elements in this ecosystem? Are you humbled by the boggy forest, the persistent winds, and the driving rain, but know you could contribute to the team effort to accomplish necessary work in a such an unreasonable place?
KWP is adding a new team member to our field crew. This is a full-time position implementing on-the-ground watershed conservation efforts for the partnership. We are looking for the right person — someone who is commited to a career in the conservation of Hawaiʻi’s natural resources, and is an observant naturalist, able to collect and summarize data. This requires an individual who enjoys working daily in outdoor Hawaiʻi, can work cooperatively with a variety of people, and can communicate effectively. The KWP field crew does physically demanding labor that requires a team effort and high level of motivation.
Does this sound like you, or someone you know? Full recruitment announcement and job application can be found here as a MS Word doc or pdf. Applications are due via email or regular mail by 11/28/12. Interviews will take place the first week of December, and the job starts in January, 2013.
For more information, send an email to Melora at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at 333-0976 if you prefer.
We are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working, 16-17 yr. olds who are excited by the idea of a job in the forest this summer. We are hiring four interns, who will work three days a week for 6 weeks on kahili ginger control from June 18 – July 27, 2012.
These interns will be working as a field crew with a KWP field leader on a part-time basis to control kahili ginger, an invasive weed. Work includes identification of native and invasive plants, and hiking through muddy, wet, rainy conditions to do weed control. Additionally, the interns will have the opportunity to volunteer for training in basic techniques of GPS, scientific monitoring and/or reforestation for watershed management.
For more information, contact the KWP coordinator, Melora Purell, at 333-0976 or via email at Coordinator@kohalawatershed.org
To apply, please complete the application form here and send as an email attachment to Melora or fax it to 885-6707 before May 30. Interviews will take place on June 1. Finalist applicants will be be required to attend one volunteer work day on June 4-6 as part of the application process, and offers of employment will be on June 8.
You will need to comply with all state laws for under-age employment, including getting a worker’s permit prior to employment. This will require proof of age and parent’s permission.
We will be hiring two interns for 2012: a six-month position Jan – June, and a 12-month position starting in January and ending in December. We are looking for enthusiastic learners who can handle daily physical labor. Must be able to work with tools, herbicides, and carry heavy loads.
Please fill out the application found here, and send as an email attachment to Melora, KWP coordinator, at Coordinator@kohalawatershed.org.