Become part of Hawaii’s conservation story

Position Name: Kupu Environmental Education Leader  

Position Location: Nānākuli High School  

89-980 Nanakuli Ave, Waianae, HI 96792 

Job Type: Full Time 

Work Setting: School  

Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8 hour shift  

Pay: 16 dollar per hour, exact  

Benefits: Health insurance, professional development  



Applications will only be considered if submitted through Kupu's Web Portal: 

Visit the main webpage for additional details at: 



As an education leader, you will be part of a program that provides support to the HTA Lahaina school, teachers, and students in natural resource pathways to help build a homegrown natural resources workforce.  


Organization: Kupu, which means “to sprout” or “to grow” in Hawaiian, has a two-fold mission: to preserve the land while empowering youth. The organization provides hands-on training in conservation, sustainability, and environmental education for young adults, with the goal of fostering our next generation of environmental and cultural stewards. Kupu’s work has been likened to the role of the kupukupu fern, which is one of the first plants to cultivate the land after a lava flow. The fern not only serves as a foundational species for rebuilding a healthy, native ecosystem, but it also symbolizes a place where knowledge can grow.  

Kupu’s Environmental Education Department: We build Natural Resource (NR) career pathways for Hawaiʻi’s youth. We offer students hands-on support that can be in-school, work-based, or project based. We offer educators professional development training. Our emphasis is on work-based learning (WBL) and preparing students to lead as professionals and citizens. We have a range of offerings, from stand-alone programs to system transformation. 

Position Summary: Environmental Education Leaders (EELs) serve one-year terms at select intermediate and high schools on Oʻahu. EELs will work directly with educators and community partners to implement environmentally-focused classes, projects, and work-based learning opportunities in the context of career awareness, exploration, and preparation. Potential projects include but are not limited to supporting after-school clubs, leading class discussions and lessons, coordinating field trips and guest speakers, and mentoring student project teams and capstones. EELs will work to integrate Hawaiian culture and ʻāina-based education to inspire and motivate youth to actively participate in mālama ʻāina and other culturally-relevant practices. EELs will also support schools in the development, growth, and promotion of natural resources career pathways and partnerships. During intersession periods, EELs will run Kupu’s Kōkua Camp, a week-long day camp for Hawaiʻi youth ages 11-17 years old. 

Minimum Requirements: 

  • At least 21 years of age 

  • Possesses a passion and willingness to engage youth in a group setting  

  • Strong team player who works well with others and on their own 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop and maintain professional relationships  

  • Exceptional multi-tasking and organizational skills  

  • Familiarity with Hawaii’s natural and cultural resources and landscapes 

  • Must possess a current, valid driver's license  

  • Must have reliable transportation to and from the school site 

  • Must meet minimum driving abstract requirements  

  • Must meet minimum criminal history background check requirements  

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's Degree in Education, Hawaiian Studies, Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Environmental Studies/Science, Ecology, Botany, Biology, Zoology, Forestry, Marine Science or a closely related field to the natural sciences 

  • Experience working with students in a mentorship or leadership role, especially intermediate and high school age 

  • Ability to meaningfully engage, manage and mentor groups of students 

  • Experience leading educational activities 

  • 1-2 years of work experience in education or conservation 

  • Ability to drive large vehicles (15 passenger vans) 


  • O’ahu EEL participants will earn $16.00 per hour  

  • Full-time leaders are eligible to receive healthcare benefits   

  • Training, mentorship, and attendance of conferences and workshops as available  

  • Extensive networking opportunities 

  • Certification in First Aid and CPR 

In accordance with Federal Law, Kupu is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. 

Apply on line at:  

Environmental Education Leaders (EELs) website:   

EELs Official Application:   


  • Posted On

    February 1, 2024
  • Closing Date

    April 30, 2024
  • Organization

  • Location

    Nānākuli High School
  • Position Type

For more information about Kupu and this opportunity please visit our website at Website, contact us at Contact Phone or via email at Contact Email.

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