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.
Positions are available on Kauaʻi, Maui, Midway, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu, and Hawaiʻi Island.
October 2018 – August 2019 (Approximately 11 months)
The priority deadline has passed, but we are still accepting applications. Apply as soon as possible.
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!
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.
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.