Overview

Each year, Kupu offers hundreds of internship 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 can apply one of the various programs.
Kupu offers various individual-based and team-based opportunities, ranging from short term positions to year long positions, where individuals work 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 internship descriptions to find the best fit for you! You may also complete our referral form if you are not sure which opportunity is the best fit for you and a Kupu staff member will contact you shortly.

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Team Based Opportunites

The Hawaiʻi Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) programs (HYCC Summer and HYCC Community) provide short-term opportunities for participants to learn about conservation in a collaborative group setting. Participants will work alongside one another on a team for the duration of the program which is 2-4 months long. Team-based 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 are seeking academic support through mentorship in order to complete a secondary education degree or have an interest in earning college credit and/or education award stipends.

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Individual Opportunites

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

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PROGRAM COMPARISON

Current Program Openings

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Full-time staff openings

SI Program Coordinator | POSITION DESCRIPTION | To apply:  Email your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to careers@kupuhawaii.org

Accounting Manager | POSITION DESCRIPTION | To apply:  Email your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to careers@kupuhawaii.org


Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) 

Team Leader | Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps Summer Program | POSITION DESCRIPTION | APPLY NOW

Team Member | Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps Summer Program | POSITION DESCRIPTION | APPLY NOW

Pro Crew Supervisor | Kalaupapa National Historic Park Coastal Rare Plant Habitat Expansion Project | POSITION DESCRIPTION | APPLY NOW

Pro Crew Member | Kalaupapa National Historic Park Coastal Rare Plant Habitat Expansion Project | POSITION DESCRIPTION | APPLY NOW

Program Coordinator | Kupu Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) | POSITION DESCRIPTION

2017 Team Member

2017 Team Leader, Oʻahu | POSITION DESCRIPTION | Application Deadline Oct 25, 2017

 

CONSERVATION LEADERS

DLNR Natural Area Reserves Program (NARS) | POSITION DESCRIPTION | KONA | APPLY NOW

 

SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES

Bikeshare Access Fellow Kupu & Bikeshare | POSITION DESCRIPTION | APPLY NOW | ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS UNTIL SEPT. 8 

Kupu & Kamehameha Schools Sustainability Internship Program Aloha ʻĀina Specialist | POSITION DESCRIPTION | CLOSED

Hawaii Energy Fellow | POSITION DESCRIPTIONCLOSED

Hawaii Energy UH Fellow | POSITION DESCRIPTIONCLOSED

 
 
 

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

Individual Opportunities

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
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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
  • State-wide opportunities, available on Hawaiʻi Island, Kauaʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi, and Oʻahu
  • Hands-on, outdoor field experience in conservation
  • Earn a monetary living allowance and an AmeriCorps educational award
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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 AmeriCorps educational award