Available throughout the Hawai'i and the Pacific (120 Available Positions)
To be considered for available positions, please apply online via the provided portal: https://kupuhawaii.tfaforms.net/197
Kupu, Hawai‘i’s leading environmental non-profit is seeking individuals who are dedicated to improving and preserving Hawai‘i’s natural resources and cultural landscape.
The Conservation Leadership Development Program (CLDP) is an 11-month paid opportunity, that has been developed for individuals looking for an intensive entry-level experience in preparation for a career in conservation. This year, Kupu has partnered with over 100 different sites throughout the State of Hawai‘i and throughout the wider Pacific. If successfully selected, participants are partnered with a single partner site for the duration of the program. These sites consist of local non-profit organizations, federal agencies and state agencies. All of whom are working within the framework of conserving their unique natural environment, to ensure that is maintained and enjoyed for future generations.
This year’s cohort, as in previous years will be provided with a wide range of opportunities throughout the Hawaiian Islands, over many different disciplines relating to conservation. Due to the nature of this program, in addition to the large amount of partner sites, there are opportunities within fields relating to ornithology, botany, natural resource management, aquatic resource management, biology, marine biology, Hawaiian cultural studies, zoology, agricultural science and more.
For examples of these opportunities check out our member spotlights on our Instagram: @kupuhawaii
Participants serve one-on-one with a mentor/supervisor to gain a more in-depth understanding of their partner organization or agency as a whole. Expect to assist in a variety of conservation activities and across a wide range of ecosystems. Day to day operations may include fieldwork, lab work, research projects, presentations, outreach or leading volunteer groups.
Site-specific position information will be provided during the next stage of selection, participants can expect to begin immediately after the program start date and to participate in program activities from Monday through Friday, with the possibility of occasional weekends *site dependent. Due to the individual nature of the Conservation Leadership Development Program and the length of the service term, members are held to a high degree of personal responsibility. On a monthly basis, CLDP members are expected to check in with Kupu program coordinators, and must maintain a record of their efforts.
Why this program?
Through completing this program members will gain invaluable field experience, have the opportunity to build close relationships and network with conservation experts. While simultaneously, developing their own personal skills in the areas of leadership, organization, and decision-making. Participant will have the unique chance to operate and serve in some of the most stunning natural locations in Hawai‘i and leave a positive impact on them.
*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 served.
This year’s priority deadline for applications is June 15, 2019. Applications will remain live until all partner site positions are filled with suitable applicants.
*Willing and able to operate for extended hours on steep, rugged terrain; during temperature extremes. 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 operate and camp in remote locations with minimal facilities. Able to serve closely, interact according to Kupu’s core values and expectations, and camp with agency field crews for consecutive days and weeks if necessary.
How to Apply
Guidelines for References
All references should come from professional sources such as coaches, bosses, teachers, groups you’ve volunteered with. References should not include immediate family members or close friends. References should have the ability to speak to your personal and professional attributes.
*Kupu is committed to making reasonable accommodations upon request for those with disabilities. For details please contact Kupu P:808.735.1221 x2002.