Sustainability Initiatives

In 2011, the Rewarding Internships for Sustainable Employment program was created to provide paid work opportunities for youth seeking green careers. Shortly after, it was re-branded as RISE and became a core Kupu program. Today, with growing interest from our partners, we are expanding RISE into a larger Sustainability Initiative which will encompass all sustainability opportunities through Kupu.

This transition is a strong effort to grow Hawaiʻi’s green economy by pairing young professionals with innovative sustainable development projects that align with their interests. Sustainability fellows are individually placed at private, public and non-profit partner sites where they receive technical training through office and/or field experience as well as mentorship from Kupu staff. They earn competitive pay for their work. Fellows also participate in professional development workshops which provide time for fellows to connect with their peers and green thought leaders from the local community.

Are you a current higher-ed student or recent graduate looking to gain professional experience while working on a project that will make a positive impact on Hawaiʻi? Kupu’s Sustainability Initiatives offers motivated emerging professionals the tools for a successful transition from academia to the workforce.

Kupu works with partners across sectors to create paid fellowship opportunities that are tailored to the needs of emerging professionals. Through this opportunity, you will have a chance to apply your skills to have a hand in shaping Hawaiʻi towards it potential as global leader of sustainability.

Hawaii Energy Fellow

Kupu, in collaboration with Hawai‘i Energy, is seeking to hire one (1) Sustainability Initiatives Fellow who is a current higher education student or recent higher education graduate with a background in business development, marketing and communications, environmental studies, planning, creative media or other discipline with a passion for Hawai‘i’s sustainable and clean energy future.

What is Kupu Sustainability Initiatives?

Sustainability Initiatives is one of the (4) core programs of Kupu, a 501c3 non-profit that aims to empower young adults to serve their omunities through character building, service learning, and environmental stewardship. Sustainability Initiatives is a professional development program of Kupu and is focused on building the skillset of higher education students and recent graduates through paid, mentored work experiences in the sustainability sector. These positions are held in collaboration with private, government, and non-profit organizations throughout Hawaii and are dually focused on moving sustainability forward while building an empowered and capable green workforce in Hawaii. Find out more at kupuhawaii.org/sustainability/.

For this fellowship, Kupu Sustainability Initiatives is partnering with Hawai‘i Energy (www.hawaiienergy.com)

Position Overview

Start Date: ASAP; mid-June 2017

End Date: June 30, 2018

Position Location: Honolulu: fellow may be required to work from Hawai‘i Energy office/home/school/in the field at times

Education Requirements: Current higher education student or recent higher education
graduate (no more than 2 years since graduation)

Hours: 15-19 hrs/week; schedule can be set on an individual basis within normal business hours
(M-F, 8am – 5:30pm)

Salary: $15/hour

Benefits: 1 week of unpaid vacation, if requested (dates negotiable)

Intern Activities

This position seeks a motivated college/university student or recent higher education graduate (no more than 2 years since graduation) to work on energy efficiency related projects. The selected fellow will report to the Sustainability Initiatives Program Manager at Kupu and representatives from Hawai‘i Energy. The Hawai‘i Energy Fellow is expected to work closely with this team to perform the following activities by type:

  • Hawai‘i Energy Business Team’s Small Business Direct Install Program (SBDIL)
    • Perform post-inspections for lighting projects and other projects as assigned;
    • Learn and understand lighting technologies;
    • Generate reports on inspected projects for Hawai‘i Energy;
    • Work with Hawai‘i Energy customers to set up meetings and get feedback regarding their satisfaction with work performed;
    • Assist with approving lighting projects in Hawai‘i Energy databases;
    • Identify marketing & communication opportunities within the SBDIL program
  • Hawai‘i Energy Commercial Business Program
    • Process rebates for energy efficiency projects;
    • Identify key market segments/customers eligible for energy efficiency retrofits;
    • Support energy advisors with benchmarking research
  • Marketing & Communications Program
    • Assist Hawai‘i Energy with outreach and marketing opportunities by hosting booth/table at energy events to informing people about Hawai‘i Energy’s mission
  • Other duties as assigned

Hawai‘i Energy Fellow will work with manager at Hawai‘i Energy to determine the degree to which they will prioritize each activity.

The Hawai‘i Energy Fellow is required to be/have:

  • Enrolled in a community college, undergraduate, or graduate degree; or within 2 years since
    graduation from one of these higher education institutions;
  • Available to start the internship in mid-June 2017 and commit to the fellowship until June 30, 2018;
  • Able to learn quickly and follow direction with attention to detail;
  • Computer savvy with fluency in Microsoft Office and able to conduct advanced internet research;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Able to conduct him/herself in a professional manner;
  • A team player that works well with others, but able to work independently;
  • Motivation, passion and awareness for local sustainability and clean energy issues and solutions; and
  • Possess a valid Driver’s License.

The Hawai‘i Energy Fellow is preferred to be/have:

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree (or working towards a degree) in an interdisciplinary study that may include in business development, marketing and communications, environmental studies, planning, creative media with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Knowledge and application of social media for marketing and communications purposes;
  • A reliable vehicle for transportation to work sites;
  • Some work experience (paid or volunteer) in communications, and/or environmental projects; and
  • A personal interest in fostering clean energy in Hawai‘i

How to Apply

Please complete the application form at: https://kupuhawaii.tfaforms.net/97

The application will require you to submit the following application materials in the form of ONE attachment (either as a word document or PDF) :

  •  Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (between 2 and 3 pages in length) *Writing samples do not need to be original material created for the application process. Applicants may submit previously drafted professional, academic, or extra-curricular assignments. It is preferable, but not
    required, that your writing sample demonstrate your knowledge of contemporary clean/renewable energy topics
  • Any additional work attachments that exhibit your ability to excel in the tasks described above (optional)

We look forward to reviewing your application! Any questions regarding the position and/or application may be addressed to:

Sustainability Initiatives Program
Kupu, a Hawaiʻi-based 501c3 non-profit
E: rise@kupuhawaii.org
P: 808-735-1221 ext 2007

Hawaii Energy Fellow Position Description (PDF, 152KB)

Hawaii Energy UH Fellow

Kupu, in collaboration with Hawaii Energy, is seeking one (1) current higher education student or recent higher education graduate has a background in computer science, communications, environmental studies, planning, marketing, creative media or other discipline with a passion for Hawaii’s sustainability and clean energy future.

What is Kupu Sustainability Initiatives?

Sustainability Initiatives is one of the (4) core programs of Kupu, a 501c3 non-profit that aims to empower young adults to serve their communities through character building, service learning, and environmental stewardship. Sustainability Initiatives is a professional development program of Kupu and is focused on building the skillset of higher education students and recent graduates through paid, mentored work experiences in the sustainability sector. These positions are held in collaboration with private, government, and non-profit organizations throughout Hawaiʻi and are dually focused on moving sustainability forward while building an empowered and capable green workforce in Hawaiʻi. Find out more at kupuhawaii.org/sustainability/ .

For this fellowship, Kupu is partnering with Hawaii Energy ( http://www.hawaiienergy.com/ )

Position Overview

Start Date: (ASAP) mid-June 2017

End Date: June 30, 2018

Position Location: Honolulu: fellow may be required to work from Hawai‘i Energy office/UHM campus/home/school/in the field at times

Education Requirements: Current higher education student or recent higher education graduate (no more than 2 years since graduation)
Hours: 15-19 hrs/week; schedule can be set on an individual basis within normal business hours (M-F, 8am – 5:30pm)

Salary: $15/hour

Benefits: 1 week of unpaid vacation, if requested (dates negotiable)

Intern Activities

This position seeks a motivated college/university student or recent higher education graduate (no more than 2 years since graduation) to work on energy efficiency related projects. The selected fellow will report to the Sustainability Initiatives Program Manager at Kupu and representatives from Hawai‘i Energy. The Hawai‘i Energy Fellow is expected to work closely with this team to perform the following activities by type:

  • University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa (UHM) Project Identification
    • Assist the UH Office of Sustainability staff in developing a list of all Hawaiʻi Energy rebate-eligible projects that are planned, underway, or completed (but have not yet completed rebate paperwork);
    • Work with UHM Sustainability Coordinator and engineering and facilities staff to identify energy efficiency projects specifically in athletics facilities (lower campus) department and Campus Center;
    • Learn and understand lighting technologies to apply to project identification;
    • Learn and understand Green Revolving Fund (GRF) process and application;
    • Update list of projects as per direction of UHM Sustainability Coordinator
    • Recommend specific projects to GRF, if applicable;
  • Hawaii Energy Outreach
    • Assist Hawaiʻi Energy with outreach and marketing opportunities by hosting
      booth/table at energy events to informing people about Hawaiʻi Energy’s mission;
  • Other duties as assigned

Hawai‘i Energy Fellow will work with manager at Hawai‘i Energy to determine the degree to which they will prioritize each activity.

The Hawai‘i Energy Fellow is required to be/have:

  • Enrolled in a community college, undergraduate, or graduate degree; or within 2 years since
    graduation from one of these higher education institutions;
  • Available to start the internship in mid-June 2017 and commit to the fellowship until June 30, 2018;
  • Able to learn quickly and follow direction with attention to detail;
  • Computer savvy with fluency in Microsoft Office and able to conduct advanced internet research;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Able to conduct him/herself in a professional manner;
  • A team player that works well with others, but able to work independently;
  • Motivation, passion and awareness for local sustainability and clean energy issues and solutions; and
  • Possess a valid Driver’s License

The Hawai‘i Energy Fellow is preferred to be/have:

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree (or working towards a degree) in an interdisciplinary study that may include marketing, creative media, computer science, communications, planning or other with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Knowledge and application of social media for marketing and communications purposes;
  • A reliable vehicle for transportation to work sites;
  • Some work experience (paid or volunteer) in communications, and/or environmental projects; and
  • A personal interest in fostering clean energy in Hawai‘i

How to Apply

Please complete the application form at: https://kupuhawaii.tfaforms.net/97

The application will require you to submit the following application materials in the form of ONE attachment (either as a word document or PDF) :

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (between 2 and 3 pages in length) *Writing samples do not need to be original material created for the application process. Applicants may submit previously drafted professional, academic, or extra-curricular assignments. It is preferable, but not
    required, that your writing sample demonstrate your knowledge of contemporary clean/renewable energy topics
  • Any additional work attachments that exhibit your ability to excel in the tasks described above (optional)

We look forward to reviewing your application! Any questions regarding the position and/or application may be addressed to:

Sustainability Initiatives Program
Kupu, a Hawaiʻi-based 501c3 non-profit
E: rise@kupuhawaii.org
P: 808-735-1221 ext 2007

Hawaii Energy UH Fellow Position Description (PDF, 152KB)

Aloha + Challenge

Kupu, Kamehameha Schools (KS), Hawai’i Green Growth (HGG) and University of Hawai’i Office of Sustainability (UH) are hiring a cohort of four to six highly motivated, creative individuals with experience and a passion for communications and public engagement and education to help develop and execute a Communications & Engagement Strategy for the Aloha+ Challenge – Hawai‘i’s statewide commitment to achieve six interconnected sustainability goals by 2030 in Clean Energy, Local Food Production, Natural Resource Management, Solid Waste Reduction, Smart Sustainable Communities and Green Workforce & Education.

Position Information:

Essential Duties

  • Participation in Hawai’i Green Growth Statewide Network:
    • Participate in Statewide Measures Meetings, multi-stakeholder meetings, and other events for professional development, research and stakeholder networking opportunities
    • Support the planning, preparation and execution for Statewide Measures Meetings on the Aloha+ Green Workforce and Education and Smart Sustainable Communities goals
    • Record and prepare meeting summaries for relevant stakeholder or statewide meetings
    • Provide event set-up and support for priority events or meetings
    • Support substantive development of agenda, presentations and materials, including cohort-led presentations as requested
  • Develop Communications Strategy for General Public
    • Conduct research on Aloha+ Challenge and sustainability in Hawai`i and assess current communications and marketing processes and strategies, including website and social media presence
    • Work closely with HGG & KS Communications Teams, UH Office of Sustainability, and partners to identify input for social media marketing strategy for the Aloha+ Challenge
    • Identify Metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Marketing, Communications, Social Media, etc.
    • Develop Aloha+ Communications Strategy for general public
    • Monitor trends in social media tools, applications, channels, design and strategy
  • Engagement Strategy Development
    • Develop stakeholder map and public/student engagement strategy for the Aloha+ Challenge
    • Participate in relevant stakeholder meetings
    • Conduct student engagement research for the Aloha+ Green Workforce & Education goal and to inform Year 2+ student outreach strategy
  • Implementation of Communications Strategy
    • Implement initiatives and campaigns identified in Communications Strategy:
    • Develop relevant content topics to reach the general public, students and stakeholders
    • Assist in creation, curation, and management of all published content (images, video and written)
    • Develop and expand community and/or influencer outreach efforts
    • Compile reports for management showing results (ROI)
    • Track, monitor, and analyze Metrics & KPIs; tweak strategy as needed
    • Set goals for next cohort strategy period
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Program Dates:

April 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017

Application Deadline:

March 17, 2017

Aloha + Challenge, Communications Specialist Position Description (PDF, 259KB)

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

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

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