Partner with us

Kupu currently collaborates with over 150 organizations throughout Hawaiʻi and the Pacific region. We seek mission-aligned partnerships that maximize shared resources and support sustainability, conservation and environmental education initiatives. Please reach out to us if your organization is interested in partnering with us in providing opportunities that can develop our local green economy through youth engagement and employment. 

Become a Host Site

Kupu provides partners with the support they need to run a successful program or project.  Ranging from the capable minds and fresh perspectives of the Sustainability Fellows to the technical project support and expertise of the Project Managers, Kupu is an asset to any endeavor.  Kupu handles the hiring, HR, training, and mentoring of each fellow to ensure both the successful execution of our partner’s projects and a successful learning experience for each Sustainability Fellow.

By working with Kupu you will get the project support you need while also contributing to building a strong green work force in Hawaiʻi.  By empowering Hawaiʻi’s youth with the experience they need to become strong green professionals, we are committing to the long term sustainability of our planet.

Prior to Hiring

Compatible Skills

Tasks that fit the skills for a college-level or recent graduate fellow and fit in with Hawaiʻi’s sustainability goals

Funding & Vision

Funding, or a vision/ path to acquire funding (e.g., through a grant), for a fellow

Project Team

A “Project Team” which may consist of only one dedicated supervisor or a collaboration of staff (even if from different organizations). The Project Team will be responsible for assigning tasks, accepting deliverables, and providing feedback to the fellow

Supplies & Equipment

All on-site supplies for the fellowship, which may include: office space/ work site location, computer (requiring fellows to use their own computer is an option) and/or phone

Sustainable Sector

A desire to contribute to workforce development in Hawaiʻi’s sustainability sector

Hiring Process

Discussion

Interested parties meet with Kupu Coordinators to discuss interest in the program and discuss the perspective Sustainability Fellowship position including logistics such as funding and timing.

Position Description

With Kupu assistance, create and finalize a fellowship position description.

Review

Kupu will review the position description to ensure the position qualifies as a Sustainability Fellowship

Contract & Funding

Contracts and funding is produced for the fellowship position with Kupu .

Recruiting

Kupu conducts the application, recruiting, and selection process. This process may include the Project Team as desired or conducted independently by Kupu staff

Orientation

After the initial orientation, fellows begin projects at the site

As Kupu grows, we continuously search for new host sites for our program participants. Program hosting is available to non-profit organizations and 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!

Compatible Skills

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

Funding

Host site fees are $17,500 per participant, with a discounted rate of $16,500 for payment made in full at the start of the program. 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 work at with the host site.

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Environmental Education Leaders work with select Oʻahu, Department of Education schools on a school-need basis. 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. If you are a school teacher or administrator interested in having one of our participants assist with your school’s environmental activities and curriculum, we would love to partner with you.

Opportunities & Projects

Opportunities and/or projects fit for college-graduates that will aid your school's environmental and sustainability goals

Discussion

Interested schools may inquire and discuss the perspective Environmental Education Leader position including curriculum and appropriate projects.

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, recruiting, and selection process.

Orientation

After the initial orientation, participants begin their work at their assigned school(s)

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As Kupu grows, we continuously search for new host sites for our program participants. Program hosting is available to non-profit organizations and 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!

Compatible Skills

Opportunities fit for entry-level participants working in teams of 5 members interested in conservation and natural resource management

Funding

Host site fees are $500 per team per week or $100 per team per day. Financial aid options are available for qualifying host sites

Project Team

A “Project Team” which may consist of only one dedicated supervisor, will be responsible for assigning tasks and hosting the HYCC Summer team(s)

Recruiting

Kupu conducts the application and recruiting process. Teams are then created and assigned to selected host sites

Orientation

All HYCC Summer teams participate in a week-long team training, after which teams will begin their work at with their host sites

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Current Partners

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