Overview

Each year, Kupu offers hundreds of service opportunities that create positive environmental, cultural and community impact across Hawaiʻi and the Pacific region. Individuals looking to explore training, experience and skills in the growing green jobs sector are encouraged to apply to our various programs!
Kupu offers both individual-based and team-based opportunities, ranging from short term to year long positions. All of our participants serve alongside and receive valuable mentorship from experts in an environmental related field. Given that each program is distinct in its focus and duration, check out the various program descriptions to find the best fit for you! You may also complete our referral form if you are not sure which opportunity to apply for, and a Kupu staff member will contact you directly to help guide you and answer any questions.

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Team Based Opportunites

Kupu’s Hawaiʻi Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) programs provide short-term opportunities for young adults to learn about conservation in a collaborative group setting. Participants will serve alongside one another on a team for 2-4 months. These programs are ideal for youth ages 16-24 who are eager to spend time outdoors participating in restoration efforts with a variety of organizations, and for those seeking academic support through mentorship in order to complete a secondary education degree, or have an interest in earning college credit & education awards.

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Individual Opportunites

Kupu’s individual program opportunities were created for participants to gain in-depth professional development experience in various green economy sectors. Participants are placed with a single organization, usually for a duration of up to one year, which allows them to delve deeper into their assigned projects or research. These programs are ideal for college students and young professionals who have previous work experience, academic studies, or strong interests in natural or cultural resource management, sustainability and/or environmental education.

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PROGRAM COMPARISON

Current Program Openings

 

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION LEADERS

2019-20 EELDP Member  | POSITION DESCRIPTION | APPLY NOW

 

SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES

Community Resilience VISTA – California Conservation Corpsmember Development | APPLY NOW

Community Resilience VISTA – University of Hawaii at Mānoa | Activity Description | APPLY NOW

Community Resilience VISTA – Hawaiʻi Community College | Activity Description | APPLY NOW

Community Resilience VISTA – Kapiʻolani Community College | Activity Description | APPLY NOW

Community Resilience VISTA – Kauaʻi Community College | Activity Description | APPLY NOW

Community Resilience VISTA – UH Maui College | Activity Description APPLY NOW

 

HAWAI‘I YOUTH CONSERVATION CORP (HYCC) COMMUNITY PROGRAM

Team Member | POSITION DESCRIPTION | APPLY NOW

 

CONSERVATION LEADERS

2018-19 Year Long Member | POSITION DESCRIPTION | APPLY NOW

2019 Summer Member | POSITION DESCRIPTION | APPLY NOW

ʻImi I Ka Lama 2019 Summer Program at Haleakalā | POSITION DESCRIPTION | APPLY NOW

2019-20 Year Long Member | POSITION DESCRIPTION | APPLY NOW

 

HAWAI‘I YOUTH CONSERVATION CORP (HYCC) SUMMER PROGRAM 

2019 Team Leader | POSITION DESCRIPTION | APPLY NOW

2019 Team Member | POSITION DESCRIPTION | APPLY NOW

Team Based Opportunities

Hawaiʻi Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) Community Program

  • Full-time, 40 hours a week
  • 5 month program, available year-round
  • Ages 16 and up (Team Leaders 21 and up)
  • Opportunities available on Oʻahu only at Kewalo base and Kaʻala base
  • Culturally engaging, work experience
  • Earn a Certificate of High School Equivalency

Hawaiʻi Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) Summer Program

  • Full-time, 40 hours a week
  • 7 week summer program, June through July
  • Ages 17 and up (Team Leaders Ages 21 and up)
  • State-wide opportunities, available on Hawaiʻi Island, Kauaʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi, and Oʻahu
  • Hands-on, outdoor field experience
  • Opportunity to earn college credits through UH Mānoa
  • Earn a monetary volunteer award, an AmeriCorps educational award

Citizen Forestry Crew

  • Part time, 16-24 hours a week
  • 6 month pilot program
  • Ages 18 and up (crew supervisors 21 and up)
  • Opportunities available in Honolulu
  • Urban field experience
  • Inventory Honolulu’s trees and conduct school outreach
  • Become a certified citizen forester

Hawaiʻi Youth Sustainability Challenge

  • Mini-grant opportunity for innovative solutions to conservation and sustainability problems
  • Students in grades 6-12 from public, private, and charter schools
  • Awardees receive up to $1,000, mentorship, and the chance to present to larger audiences

Individual Opportunities

Conservation Leaders

  • Full-time, 40 hours a week
  • 10 month program, October through August and 7 week Summer program, June through July
  • Ages 17 and up
  • Statewide opportunities, available on Hawaiʻi Island, Kauaʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi, and Oʻahu
  • Hands-on, outdoor field experience in conservation
  • Earn a monetary living allowance and an AmeriCorp educational award

Environmental Education Leaders

  • Full-time, 40 hours a week
  • 12 month program, beginning in August
  • Ages 21 and up
  • Opportunities available on Oʻahu only
  • In-school experience, developing conservation and sustainability programs
  • Earn a monetary living allowance and an AmeriCorp educational award

Pacific Resiliency Fellows

  • 16-month program
  • Two 10-day sessions with intersession project work
  • Join a cohort of rising conservation professionals from across the Pacific
  • Professional development and networking
  • Field-based learning
  • Mentorship & individualized project support

AmeriCorps VISTA

  • Full-time, 40 hours a week
  • 12 month program
  • Ages 18+
  • Opportunities available on Oahu, Kauai, Hawaiʻi Island, and Sacramento
  • Expand the capacity of local efforts to address community challenges in conservation, sustainability, and resiliency
  • Earn a monetary living allowance and an AmeriCorps educational award

Sustainability Fellows

  • Part-time, up to 20 hours a week
  • Program duration varies, available year-round
  • Ages 17 and up
  • State-wide opportunities, available on Hawaiʻi Island, Maui and Oʻahu
  • In-depth work experience in sustainability and natural resource management
  • Earn a competitive monthly salary
  • Professional development opportunities