Become part of Hawaii’s conservation story

Kupu/Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps/AmeriCorps has a paid Extended Internship Program position available. Work with sites such as the The Nature Conservancy and Department of Land and Natural Resources/Division of Forestry and Wildlife Program for about 11 months.

The Extended Internship Program is designed for individuals who are looking for an intensive entry-level experience in preparation for a career in the conservation field. Extended Internship is an 11-month experience in which individuals work one-on-one with an environmental agency that best matches their interests.

Position Information:

No prior experience is necessary at most sites. Kupu staff will match applicant and sites based on the information in their applications. A majority of the internships are spent outdoors and will be physically demanding. A positive attitude, an interest in learning, motivation, curiosity about nature, physical ability and desire to work on outdoor projects with little or no supervision will also be important. Participants are matched with a conservation agencies based upon their interest. During the internship, participants will learn about the mission and programs of the agency where they are placed. Members will generally participate in program activities Monday through Friday (as well as possible weekends and holidays). This is not a residential program and participants must provide their own housing and transportation to and from the internship site. EIP members must complete 1,700 hours over a 10-12 month period to successfully fulfill internship requirements.

Expected Work Duties: Native out-planting, Noxious/invasive weed suppression, Ungulate fence construction/maintenance and trail maintenance.

Benefits: Participant will gain valuable education throughout the program and will meet potential role models who work in the fields of natural resource management and conservation. In addition, they will gain career experience, improve interpersonal skills, gain knowledge in conservation, and develop professional skills necessary for advancement in conservation and other fields. Interns help to preserve some of the most precious natural resources in Hawai`i.

Full-time participants will receive: • Up to a $1,300 monthly living allowance (subject to taxes) • An additional $5,550 educational award that can be used to pay off educational loans or can be applied to future educational endeavors. • Opportunity for all interest earned on certain educational loans during the year of service to be paid for by AmeriCorps • Health care and childcare benefits (if eligible)

Applicant Criteria: • Must be at least 18 years of age (or 17 years of age with high school diploma) • Must possess/be working towards high school diploma or equivalent • Must be a US Citizen, National, or Permanent Resident Alien • Must be available full time for at least 11 months

Positions will be filled immediately.


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