Kupu ʻĀina Corps

Nov 09 2023
Kupu |Kahului|Full Time, $16.00 - $18.00 / hour
Category: Environmental
Job Description
Kupu ‘Āina Corps (KAC) is a workforce development initiative established through the State of Hawai‘i’s legislation for a Green Jobs Youth Corps. This yearlong program employs individuals seeking experience in Hawaiʻi’s environmental sector. Through Kupu’s extensive network of partner organizations across the state, these paid opportunities include positions in sustainability, agriculture, environmental technology and other green job fields.
  • Hourly wages paid bi-weekly- $16, $18, or $20 per hour, depending on placement
  • Medical insurance (For employees working 20+ hours)
  • Retention bonus ($400 for part-time positions and $800 for full-time positions; paid in two installments)
  • Paid time off (12 hours total for part-time positions and 24 hours total for full-time positions)
  • Opportunities to receive resume-building certifications and network with potential future employers
  • And most of all, an opportunity to protect Hawaiʻi’s natural resources and make a positive lasting impact in your community!
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 17 to 38 for the duration of the program term to be eligible for participation.
  • Applicants must be a US Citizen, US National, US Permanent Resident, or otherwise legally allowed to work in the United States.
  • Applicants must be responsible for their own personal housing and transportation arrangements on-island.
  • Applicants are not required to have previous experience in the environmental sector, although prior experience may be preferred for some positions.
KAC positions on Maui are available with the following organizations:
  • San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, Maui Bird Conservation CEnter
  • Hua Momona Farms, LLC
  • DLNR DOFAW Nā Ala Hele
  • DLNR DOFAW Wildlife Maui
Program Duration
December 2023 - December 2024
Position Availability
Full time or Part time positions. Hawaiian Islands: Hawaiʻi Island, Kauaʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu
The KAC Participant role is an entry- to intermediate-level position for individuals who want to build a career in the green jobs sector. Participants are placed in a sustainability focused role with a host site (one of Kupu’s partner organizations) for one year. Kupu and its host site partners will provide Participants with opportunities for professional development, training, and mentorship. Participants must have a desire to learn and a passion for the well-being of
Hawaiʻi's natural environment. Throughout their term, Participants will develop their skillsets and work to ensure that Hawaiʻi’s natural environment is maintained and bettered for future generations.
Position responsibilities vary depending on host site placement but may include one or more of the following duties: data collection and analysis, GIS, collateral creation, community outreach and engagement, energy education and workforce development, native species restoration, monitoring native and exotic wildlife, food production, trail maintenance, research and many other tasks related to sustainability.
Participants are also expected to meet the following program requirements:
  • Serve up to 40 hours per week (full-time); or up to 20 hours per week (part-time)
  • Attend required Kupu events (orientation, hōʻike , training)
  • Submit accurate data reports and timesheets biweekly
  • Complete mid-term evaluation with supervisor
  • Complete exit procedures at end of term
  • Abide by host site and Kupu policies (attendance, conduct, etc.)
  • Maintain open and consistent communication with site supervisor and Kupu program staff
Physical & Behavorial Requirements
Positions range from indoor office work to outdoor field work. Physical requirements will vary depending on job placement. Applicants’ work environment preference will be noted in the application and considered when being matched to potential host sites. For all Participants, Kupu holds high expectations for appropriate and respectful behavior. In some field-based placements, Participants must be comfortable serving in rugged environments and performing physically demanding duties (i.e., camping, hiking, operating basic hand tools). Reasonable accommodations may be made upon request for those with disabilities.
Work Schedule
Both part-time and full-time positions are available. While work schedules vary depending on the host site, full-time Participants are typically expected to work an average of 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday, and in some cases weekends and evenings.