Conservation Leadership Development Program

The Conservation Leadership Development Program creates rigorous, entry-level 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 or eight weeks (depending on program term), where they assist with projects that equip them with skills and leadership 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 serve with a single Host Site/agency that best matches the individual’s interests. Applicants must be comfortable serving in outdoor environments, and be able to perform physically demanding duties.

Position Description
Position Information:

Positions are available on Maui, Midway, and Hawaiʻi Island.

 

Program Dates:

January – November 2019 or February – December 2019 (Approximately 11 months)

 

Application Deadline:

The deadline for all applications to be submitted in full (including references) is December 20th, 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, 724KB)

Benefits
      • Earn up to 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 service 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 experience from an agency that interests you
      • Develop a strong relationship and serve 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 A CLDP 2018-19 Year Long Position!

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 serve with a single Host Site/agency that best matches the individual’s interests. Applicants must be comfortable serving in outdoor environments, and be able to perform physically demanding duties.

Position Description
Position Information:
  • CLDP Summer positions are available on Kauaʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu, and Hawaiʻi Island.
  • ʻImi I Ka Lama summer program positions are available on Maui at Haleakalā National Park.  Please note that this is a separate application that needs to be completed, link at bottom of page.

 

Program Dates:

June 10 – August 2, 2019

 

Application Priority Deadline:

The priority deadline for the CLDP Summer and the ʻImi I Ka Lama program application is March 1st, 2019.

 

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 Summer Position Description (PDF, 366KB)

ʻImi I Ka Lama Summer Program Position Description (PDF, 188KB)

Benefits
      • Earn up to a $2,880 total living allowance (subject to taxes)
      • Earn a $1,252 Education Award (similar to a scholarship) towards higher education
      • Opportunity for interest earned on certain educational loans (during the service term) to be paid for by AmeriCorps
      • Complete over 300 hours of environmental community service
      • Optional college credits
      • Receive an in-depth entry-level environmental experience from an agency that interests you over an 8 week period
      • 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 a CLDP 2019 Summer Position!
Apply Now for a 2019 ʻImi I Ka Lama Summer Position at Haleakalā!

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 serving in conservation and natural resource management.

Funding

Host site fees per participant are $18,500 for the Year Long term, and $4,400 for the Summer term. 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.

Recruiting

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

Orientation

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

Apply Now to be a 2019 Summer Host Site!

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