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 Job Openings

Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association seeks a full-time Sales/Interpretation Associate

Sales/Interpretation Associate: Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association seeks a Sales/Interpretation Associate for its stores at Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park in South Kona, HI, Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site located in Kawaihae, HI, and at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park in Kailua-Kona, HI. The Sales/Interpretation Associate greets and welcomes visitors, provides information and interpretation, and promotes the sales of interpretive merchandise. 

Duties include, but are not limited to: Greet and welcome visitors; Provide basic visitor information and interpretation; Assist visitors in the selection of interpretive merchandise; Complete sales transactions; Maintain the appearance 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; and follow standard operating procedures as required when working in a National Park Service visitor facility.

Minimum Qualifications And Necessary Skills: High School diploma or GED; Previous retail sales experience; Demonstrated organizational skills; Demonstrated cash-handling skills; Working knowledge of cash registers (preferably POS system) and credit card machines; Ability to multi-task, work in a fast-paced environment, and exercise good judgment; Must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time and lift 25 lbs; Must have positive attitude, strong work ethic, and professional demeanor; Must be a team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and must be able to work weekends and holidays.


Starting Wage: $15 - $18, commensurate with experience, plus 1 ½ OT and holiday pay

Hours per Week: 24-40, but may vary depending on visitor center operations

Starting Date: May 2021

Benefits: Medical, drug, dental, vision, paid holiday/vacation/sick leave, retirement plan

How to Apply:  Submit completed application by email, mail, or fax.

Job Application

Deadline: April 30, 2021 (Deadline may be extended until suitable candidate is selected)

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