The HYCC is a youth centered nonprofit educational
program that provides hands-on experience in natural resource
management and perpetuates cultural awareness of the environment
while encouraging leadership skills and teamwork. HYCC began
in the early 1990s and is managed and developed by the Pono
The HYCC offers full-and part-time, year-round, paid internships
for students and alumni 18-30 years old. These internships include
a monthly stipend of more than $1,000 and up to $5,000 for school
loans, tuition, and/or health care. The HYCC offers these paid
internships every year, but most students do not apply.
If there is one thing that I want students to know, it’s
that they should just apply,” said Matt Bauner, a local
HYCC officer who was at the Hawai‘i Loa campus’s
Career Fair on Oct. 19.
They shouldn’t be worried about not qualifying,” he
added. “There is no fee and there are no requirements or
prior experience necessary to qualify, just a high school diploma.”
Sustainability and conservation are some of the main concerns
of the HYCC. They seek both undergraduate and graduates who are
in sustainability and biology fields, but they accept people
in all fields.
The internship includes a minimum requirement of 40 hours a week
and is considered to be a full-time job with little or no flexibility
for a school schedule. This position is ideal for those who are
taking a break from school, who have just graduated, or who can
schedule night classes.
The HYCC internships are not offered on Moloka‘i and Lana‘i.
On Kaua‘i, there are five different internships that allow
interns to work with groups of students and volunteers on the
Kaua‘i forest bird recovery project, or a number of different
programs with the resource conservation program and the Division
of Forestry and Wildlife (DFW).
I feel that we have made a very big impact on the future restoration
of Kaho‘olawe,” said Jason Rivera, who worked on
Kaua‘i and Kaho‘olawe this May. “I’m
really appreciative of this opportunity I was given. I hope that
I will be able to return and do it all over again,” he
On O‘ahu, seven programs include the O‘ahu Invasive
Species Committee, a group repelling the Aquatic Invasive Species,
and groups restoring historic fishponds and trails. There will
also be a camping group who will work at the Mountains Watershed
I learned about another conservation group that works up in the
mountains protecting plants from ungulates (hoofed mammals),” said
Kaila Alva, who worked on O‘ahu.
I think I might look into conservation on land as a career,” Alva
On Maui, volunteers will work with the Maui Forest Bird Recovery
Project and the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
The island of Hawai‘i offers programs for the Forest Restoration
of Mauna Kea, a group repelling the Aquatic Invasive Species
and with the local chapter of the DLNR.
HYCC hpes to provide outdoor, hands-on experience for anyone
interested. For now, paid training is currently offered on O‘ahu,
and applications are due by Nov.9. Visit www.hawaiiycc.com or
call (808) 735-1221.