Kupu AmeriCorps Intern

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Friday, June 30, 2017, 12:00am



United States

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Participants in Kupu's Conservation Leadership Development Program work with a single environmental agency for the duration of the internship (approximately eleven months). CLDP interns typically work one-on-one with a mentor/supervisor to gain a more in-depth understanding of the agency as a whole, as well as the type of environmental work and research the agency is involved in. Members may participate in a variety of conservation activities and work across various landscapes, depending on the agency they are selected by. This may include fieldwork, research projects and presentations, leading/assisting with volunteer groups, etc.. Participants will gain valuable experiential education throughout the program, and will have the opportunity to build close relationships with conservation field experts. Interns will gain skills in the areas of leadership, organization, and decision-making, work in some of the most interesting and beautiful natural areas in Hawai‘i and have an opportunity to make a positive impact in those areas.

Although a site-specific Position Description will be provided by the Host Site, CLDP interns typically begin working at their site immediately after the program starts and participate in program activities Monday through Friday. The program will involve all weekdays (with work times ranging between 7am-5pm) with possible weekends, evenings and/or camping. Members may have extensive camping requirements throughout the program depending on the work needs of the host-agency. Due to the individual nature of the Conservation Leadership Development Program and the length of the internship, interns are held to a high degree of personal responsibility. On a monthly basis, CLDP interns are expected to check in with their program coordinator, keep a record of their work efforts and ensure timesheets and other paperwork are turned in on time.

As an AmeriCorps member, applicants cannot exceed the maximum allowable terms as set forth by the Corporation for National Community Service. To find out the current regulations regarding eligibility, please visit the AmeriCorps website.

*Kupu is committed to making reasonable accommodations upon request for those with disabilities. For details please contact Kupu at 808-735-1221 x2002.


There will be one or more positions on each of the following islands: Kauaʿi, Oʿahu, Maui, Molokaʿi , and Hawaiʿi Island (both Kona and Hilo side).  There will also be available positions located in American Samoa. The number of positions and areas in which positions are available are subject to change each year.


Up to $1,480 monthly living allowance* and a $5,815 Education Award- through Kupu’s largest supporter, AmeriCorps
Opportunity to gain extensive knowledge about a single/handful of worksites (as interns work with one agency for the duration of the program)
An extremely in-depth learning experience and further awareness of specific environmental issues
Opportunity to work side-by-side with a supervisor and potential employer who works in an environmental field you are interested in
Child care, health care, and loan deferment available for eligible applicants
Week-long Service Trip with other Kupu CLDP participants
Valuable job and life skills
And most of all, the opportunity to protect Hawaii’s natural resources and make a positive impact in your community

*Living allowances are subject to taxes and are paid bi-weekly over eleven months. Should, in special cases, the position last less than eleven months, the living allowance will be prorated appropriately. Living allowances are awarded at the above stated amount and are not dependent on hours worked.

October 2017 – August 2018 (approximately 11 months). Exact start and end dates TBD.  Priority Deadline for application is June 30, 2017. 


Age - Applicants must be at least 17 years of age by October 2nd, 2017 (due to AmeriCorps regulations).
Diploma – Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
Citizenship - Applicants must be one of the following: a US Citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien (due to AmeriCorps regulations).
Criminal History Check – Applicants are subject to a criminal history check.
Housing/Transportation - Applicants must have their own personal housing and transportation arrangements on-island.
Physical & Behavioral Requirements - Due to the nature of this program, the physical and behavioral demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Able to work extended hours on steep, rugged terrain; under extreme hot and cold weather condition
Able to hike long distances carrying a 20 lb backpack
Able to lift 30+ lbs, and operate basic hand tools (machetes, shovels, picks, etc)
Able to work and camp in remote locations with minimal facilities
Able to work closely, interact according to Kupu’s core values and expectations, and camp with agency field crews for consecutive days and weeks

How to Apply:


Complete the Online Application and Upload Resume.  
The application can be filled out using the following direct link or on our website at www.kupuhawaii.org/conservation. Please read ALL instructions and answer questions to the best of your ability. On the application, you will have the opportunity to upload your resume and two job references.  Application and all required materials must be received by the priority deadline June 30, 2017.

Resume and Job References must be received by the priority deadline. Your job references will be emailed with a Kupu reference form to fill out upon completion of the member application.  It is important to allow time for your job references to complete the Kupu reference form prior to the priority deadline. 

GUIDELINES FOR Job References:

All job references should come from professional sources such as coaches, bosses, teachers, groups you’ve volunteered with, or anyone who has known you for at least a three months. Job references should not include immediate family members or close friends.
Job References should be able to speak to your personal and professional attributes


Call (808) 735-1221 ext. 2002 or e-mail us at conservation@kupuhawaii.org should you have additional questions.