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Program Assistant

Position opening begins April 1st, 2024. The exact start date is flexible between now and July.

This is a full time salaried position with full medical and dental benefits, PTO, and parental leave benefits*  Starting pay for this position is $45,000. Higher starting salaries may be possible based on the experience and qualifications of the candidate. There is room to grow in both position, as well as salary and benefits. Employees work flexible hours and PTO starts at two weeks paid vacation plus 10 “floating” holiday/sick days per year.  

*Part-time or hourly applicants may be considered.

Description: The Program Assistant will assist with our five main programs including our Environmental Filmmaking Club, Leadership Council, Climate Literacy Project, Huliau Green Events, and our Kūkulu Pilina professional development programs. They will also help plan and lead our various summer programs. You will assist the Executive Director and Program Managers with all aspects of program planning, execution and reporting. The degree of assistance with each program will vary based on program needs and your area of expertise.

Job duties for our youth programs will include teaching environmental education and filmmaking programs virtually, in the classroom, and in outdoor environments. This includes working with science teachers to customize and teach climate change curriculum in the classroom, leading field trips and service projects, and assisting with youth-led environmental projects.

Job duties for our Green Events program include assisting in facilitating zero waste education and landfill diversion at public and private events, as well as assisting with youth-led waste reduction projects and zero waste efforts in schools.

For all programs, you will assist with some administrative work such as curriculum development, scheduling meetings with students, and tracking program outcomes. You will also be involved in community outreach and fundraising events.

Hours are somewhat flexible and will be discussed during the interview process. You must be able to work occasional weekend hours (approximately 1-3 days per month).

Qualifications: Our staff is willing to train the right candidate who is passionate about the work that we do. However, our ideal candidate would have at least some of the following qualifications:

  • At least two years experience working with teenagers in Hawaiʻi
  • Knowledge of Hawaiian culture and language
  • Prior filmmaking experience
  • A college degree in an environmental field, Hawaiian studies or filmmaking
  • Experience in grant writing, fundraising and/or non-profit management
  • Social media and/or website development skills
  • Event management and/or waste management experience
  • Basic email, phone and spreadsheet knowledge 
  • Outreach and education experience
  • Be self-motivated and able to work independently in a project-based work environment

Applicants looking to relocate from outside of Hawai’i will not be considered as being familiar with the Maui community is critical to this position.

About Maui Huliau: 
Maui Huliau Foundation was founded in 2010 with a mission to promote environmental literacy and leadership among Maui’s youth. We work with youth ages 12-18 from all schools, public and private, on Maui and Molokaʻi. Through our unique hands-on programs, we seek to educate and empower youth to become future stewards of our natural environment. We accomplish this by engaging them in real-life projects alongside community members, which help them realize the power they have in creating positive change for our islands. Our programs focus on filmmaking, leadership, zero waste education and climate literacy. We currently have three full time staff and one part time staff member.

About our work environment 

We do not have a physical location and work with multiple partner organizations. Therefore, most work when not teaching programs is done from your own home on a flexible schedule. For Green Events, most work is done at various event sites around the island, often on weekends. Our youth programs take place at various schools, in outdoor environments such as farms and beaches, and at our partner sites such as Hawaiian Canoe Club.

Our organization’s work revolves largely around youth-led projects, community events and collaboration with community partners. For this reason, our work is very project based and schedules can vary each week. This position is a good match for a self-motivated person who enjoys creative project management, working with youth, community collaboration and doing something different every day. If you enjoy a typical 9 to 5 schedule and doing the same thing everyday, this position is NOT for you. Some of our youth programs currently follow a hybrid format with approximately 25% of sessions taking place virtually, and the other sessions taking place in-person, usually in outdoor environments. We are happy to answer further questions during the interview process.


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