Conservation Leadership Development Program

The Conservation Leadership Development Program creates rigorous, entry-level work opportunities for young professionals that want to commit to a career in conservation. The program is best suited for youth ages 17 and over.

Participants are placed at an environmental organization for about one year where they assist with projects equip them with job skills and leadership growth opportunities to move ahead in their career. In addition to gaining valuable insight in the conservation field, members also receive a living allowance and an AmeriCorps education award for their time.

The Conservation Leadership Development Program is built for individuals looking for an intensive entry-level experience in preparation for a career in the conservation field. Participants work with a single Host Site/agency that best matches the individual’s interests. Applicants must be comfortable working in outdoor environments, and be able to perform physically demanding work.

Position Description
Position Information:

Positions are available on Kauaʻi, Maui, Midway, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu, and Hawaiʻi Island.


Program Dates:

January – November 2019 (Approximately 11 months)


Application Priority Deadline:

The priority deadline is October 31st, 2018.


Applicant Requirements:
  • Be at least 17 years of age by program start date
  • Possess/be working towards high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have own housing and transportation
  • Pass a criminal history check
  • Meet the necessary physical and behavioral requirements

Conservation Leadership Year-Long Position Description (PDF, 387KB)

  • Earn a $1, 600 monthly living allowance (subject to taxes)
  • Earn a $5,920 Education Award (similar to a scholarship) towards higher education
  • Opportunity for interest earned on certain educational loans (during the internship term) to be paid for by AmeriCorps
  • Complete over 1700 hours of environmental community service
  • Health care and childcare benefits (if eligible)
  • Receive an in-depth entry-level environmental education/experience from an environmental agency that interests you
  • Develop a strong relationship and work side-by-side with a single site manager for 11 months
  • Help protect Hawaii’s natural resources and make a positive impact in your community!
How To Apply
    1. Complete the Online Application
      Please read ALL instructions and answer the questions to the best of your ability. Application must be received by the deadline.
    2. Submit 2 Letters of Recommendation
      Applicants must have two letters of recommendation by the deadline. References must be non-relatives.
Apply Now for CLDP 2018-19: Year Long Positions!

As Kupu grows, we continuously search for new host sites for our program participants. Program hosting is available to non-profit organizations, county, state and federal government agencies. As a Kupu partner, your organization will receive extra support at an affordable rate. This will mutually benefit the youth in our programs as they gain vocational training, professional development skills and a lifelong network of peers and mentors in the green workforce. Mahalo nui for your interest in supporting our next generation of green leaders!

Become a Host Site

Compatible Skills

Opportunities fit for entry-level participants working in conservation and natural resource management


Host site fees are $18,500 per participant. Financial aid options are available.

Project Team

A “Project Team” which may consist of only one dedicated supervisor, will be responsible for assigning tasks, accepting deliverables, and providing feedback to the participant


Kupu conducts the application and recruiting process. As applicants are received, interviews are then conducted by the Host Site and Project Team.


After the initial orientation, participants begin their work at with the Host Site.

Apply Now to be a 2018-2019 Year Long Host Site!

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