Are you looking for work with meaning? Are you a lifelong learner, a passionate advocate, someone for whom a job is more than just a job?

Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association (HPPA) provides opportunities to work within five national parks on the islands of Hawaiʻi and Maui, enhancing the visitor experience by exceeding customer service expectations while providing first-class interpretive value. HPPA was founded to support the critical work of these parks and we recommit ourselves to this goal every day.

Every purchase in our park stores benefits our park partners, for whom the proceeds support a range of programs from scientific research to interpretation and educational programs, site-specific publications and cultural activities. Our mission is to inspire, connect and preserve, and always with the spirit of aloha.

Our administrative offices are located within Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, near the visitor center on the summit of Kīlauea Volcano, on Hawaiʻi Island.

HPPA provides training in operations run directly by the association. The National Park Service provides interpretive training for public contact positions.

HPPA is an equal opportunity employer.

Employment openings with Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association (HPPA) are listed below.

Current Openings

Photo by David Schoonover
Photo By: David Schoonover

Haleakalā Sales/Interpretation Associate

Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association (HPPA) seeks a full-time or part-time Sales/Interpretation Associates for its bookstores in Haleakalā National Park located in Maui, HI. The Sales/Interpretation Associate greets and welcomes visitors, provides information and interpretation, and promotes the sales of interpretive merchandise.

POSITION DESCRIPTION - Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Greet and welcome visitors, provide basic park information and interpretation;
  • Assist visitors in the selection of appropriate interpretive merchandise;
  • Complete sales transactions;
  • Maintain the appearance and function of the sales area;
  • Secure all monies with appropriate documentation;
  • Receive, price and process incoming merchandise;
  • Assist with duties such as office, banking or inventory-related functions;
  • Follow standard operating procedures when working in the park; and,
  • Solicit Memberships for the Association.

OTHER DUTIES: Sales/Interpretation Associates may be asked to conduct interpretive talks, and participate in cultural programs and demonstrations.


  • High School diploma or GED;
  • Previous retail sales experience;
  • Demonstrated organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated cash-handling skills;
  • Working knowledge of POS systems and credit card machines;
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, and exercise good judgment;
  • Must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time and lift 25 lbs.;
  • Must be able to work at high altitudes;
  • Must have positive attitude, strong work ethic, and professional demeanor;
  • Must be a team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Must be able to work weekends, holidays, and early mornings; and,
  • Should have basic knowledge of Haleakalā National Park and Maui.


  • Starting Hourly Rate: $16, plus pay premiums for holiday work, OT, off-shift hours
  • Hours per Week: 24-40 depending on candidate preference
  • Starting Date: January 2018
  • Benefits: Medical, paid holiday, vacation, sick leave; and employee retirement plan.


  • Deadline: December 31, 2017 (deadline may be extended).
  • Submit completed application (see link below) via email at jobs@hawaiipacificparks.org . You may also submit your application via fax at 808-985-7333, attention Mel Boehl.
Job Application
Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association. P.O. Box 74 Hawaii National Park, 96718 HI