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We are actively searching for highly motivated individuals to join our team here at Kupu. Here are list of current openings. If you are interested in any of these positions, click the link for the position description and how to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!

Positions Available

HYCC Community, Program Manager

Position Duties

Kupu’s HYCC Community Program Manager position is full time, based in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi (Oʻahu). It includes but is not limited to the following duties:

  • Program Management
    • Collaborate with program director to develop and communicate expectations, vision and strategic planning for Community program
    • Provide effective management of Community program activities to meet strategic and financial goals
    • Build effective and collaborative relationships with internal and external program partners
    • Ensure harmonious and safe environment for program staff and participants
    • Coordinate with program director to integrate objectives and ideas for organizational growth and performance
    • Monitor, review, and evaluate program and operations for effectiveness in reaching program goals
    • Oversee existing program activities and outcomes (currently in Kewalo Basin harbor and Nanakuli, Oahu)
    • Develop and manage new programming, such as a culinary training program, a farm-to-table or food truck business for young adults, and future fee-for-service projects and partnerships
    • Develop and manage the program budgets, and review monthly expenditure reports
    • Assist with the research, writing, and preparation of grant proposals and reports, and other funding opportunities
    • Oversee data management and documentation of program related information
  • Staff Support, Development and Supervision
    • Hire, train, and supervise community program staff: currently, a facility manager, an assistant program manager, a Leeward side program coordinator, who in turn supervises team leaders, a teacher (under contract) and several social work interns. The manager and coordinators will be supported by an administrative assistant.
    • Collaborate with other program managers to identify teambuilding opportunities for the larger HYCC and Kupu staff teams
    • Provide support and guidance for program staff, and help connect them to professional development opportunities
    • Manage and document incidents or conflicts that may arise among the staff or interns of the HYCC Community team
  • Facility & Vehicle Management
    • Work closely with facility manager to ensure that the program training facility/ies and vehicles are up to code, safe, and appropriate for program use
    • Help seek out alternate facility or meeting space as new needs arise, and plan moving logistics if needed
    • Support the facility manager in staffing the training center so that it can be made available for use by the broader community during non-program hours
    • Keep the kitchen up to health code and ensure safety in and around the kitchen
  • Organizational Development
    • Work in conjunction with other Kupu managers and directors across departments and programs to help create, streamline and improve systems, policies and procedures, and to promote cohesion
    • Represent Kupu at events, in the media, statewide and nationally as opportunities arise

Position Requirements

The HYCC Community, Program Manager must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 5-7 years of experience with effective personnel management and staff supervision
  • 5 or more years of Hawai’i based work experience, and able to provide local professional references
  • Strong administrative skills necessary to organize, document and prioritize
  • Extremely detail-oriented and thorough
  • Experience in running multiple programs or events and multi-tasking]
  • Prior experience working or volunteering with youth or young adults, and with people of diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Effective verbal and written communicator with excellent interpersonal relationship skills
  • Strong skill set in the use of Microsoft Office programs (especially Excel) & other web-based programs
  • Able to remain objective, positive, and flexible in a fast growing non-profit setting
  • Able to show good judgment and clear Criminal History Background Check
  • Able and willing to drive for Kupu business and to meet driver’s abstract requirement
  • Available full-time Monday through Friday, as well as occasional weekends and evenings

The HYCC Summer, Program Manager is preferred, but not required, to have the following:

  • Familiarity with national service program and/or youth conservation corps
  • Experience, knowledge of, or demonstrated interest in environmental conservation
  • Experience in entrepreneurial management
  • Experience working in a non-profit setting
  • Familiarity with and appreciation for Hawaiian natural resources, culture, and places
  • Previous experience working or volunteering with under-resourced or at-risk youth
  • Budgeting and grant writing experience
  • Prior restaurant or food industry work experience, and/or with culinary arts

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to

HYCC Community, Program Manager Position Description (PDF, 521KB)

Conservation VISTA

Position Duties

This is a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA position that will serve with Kupu’s Environmental Leadership Development Initiatives. AmeriCorps VISTA members are volunteers in national service who make a year-long, full-time commitment to build the capacity of organizations positively impacting low-income communities. To learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA, please check out the following website:

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Community Outreach: The VISTA will be tasked with building community awareness and support, which may include, but is not limited to:
  • Youth Engagement: Planning and implementing at least one Youth Play/Learn/Serve (YPLS) event on Hawai’i Island at NPS site, engaging at least 20 youth of Native Hawaiian or other native descent.
  • Community Service: Coordinating a one- to seven-day volunteer service project to experience, demonstrate and showcase conservation and community impact.
  • Market Research: Researching and exploring potential opportunities for supporting a new Ancestral Lands office within the local community.
  • Grant Writing: The VISTA may also be required to write and submit grants for funding.
  • Program Development: The VISTA will be in charge of laying the groundwork for this new position and program, which may include but is not limited to:
    • Program Scope: Developing and revising position roles and responsibilities as well as project needs, goals and evaluation systems, over the duration of the term.
    • Cultural Integration: Creating interpretation systems and protocol to ensure that NPS and Ancestral Lands’ initiatives and programs in Hawai’i are culturally sensitive and respectful of the Native Hawaiian culture and communities
    • Capacity Building: Building a volunteer program, including recruitment and outreach, retention and project coordination
  • Networking: The VISTA will be responsible for enhancing Ancestral Lands’ community relations, which includes networking with the National Park Service and other land management or native cultural government agencies and departments; non-profit organizations; and other community partners and stakeholders.
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements

The Conservation VISTA must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Available full-time (40 hours/week) Monday through Friday from June 2017 through end of May 2018
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • US Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident

The Conservation VISTA is preferred, but not required, to have the following:

  • Bachelors degree
  • Strong writing and computer skills
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Resourceful, hard-working, creative, and flexible
  • Team-oriented with a positive attitude
  • Demonstrates mature judgment, service orientation, and sensitivity in handling public relations, donor interactions, and confidential information
  • Demonstrates good interpersonal skills and an ability to represent Kupu in a positive, professional, and approachable manner
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for Kupu’s mission and programs

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to
Conservation VISTA Position Description (PDF, 234KB)