Become part of Hawaii’s conservation story

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Kupu is seeking individuals to participate in their upcoming Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps. If you or someone you know, is passionate about learning, improving or preserving Hawai‘i’s natural resources and cultural landscape and want to make a difference to the community, then consider applying to their upcoming summer cohort.

The Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps Summer Program, offers an intensive hands-on experience into the world of conservation. This upcoming summer Kupu is inviting applicants to apply on Kauaʻi, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui, and Hawaiʻi Island.

If selected, participants are partnered within a team of 5-7 other like minded individuals which serve alongside one another for the duration of the 7-weeks. Each week they will get to explore and serve within a different partner site, bringing with it new adventures, challenges, learnings and opportunities for personal growth. Participants will get to learn about a variety of ecosystems, natural resource management techniques and cultural practices unique to Hawai‘i. One week they might be chest deep sifting through a loʻi, then the next they might be on the side of a mountain restoring the native watershed. 

There are two ways to participate, either as a Team Member or Team Leader. Members are typically between the ages of 17 - 22, don't necessarily need any prior environmental experience. Instead the ideal applicant is someone with a positive attitude, curious about nature, interested in learning, and has a desire to strengthen their community through service.

Participants on the islands of Hawai‘i, Maui, and Kaua‘i may have extensive camping requirements (from Monday through Friday) throughout the program. The participants may also spend up to two weeks on neighbor islands for training and service projects. Program-related neighbor island travel, accommodations, and other miscellaneous expenses will be covered by Kupu. The program does not however cover relocation expenses (ex. travel from mainland to program location).


• $500 Volunteer Award upon successful completion of the program 

• $1,311.11 Education Award – provided through Kupu’s largest supporter, AmeriCorps 

• Opportunity to live and work in unique and beautiful places (program travel expenses paid for by the program) 

• Four-day training on O‘ahu, including CPR/first aid and an environmental fair (program travel expenses paid for by the program) 

• Use this internship to satisfy Hawaii DOE School Senior Project or college internship requirements (check with your school’s administrators) 

• Valuable hands-on learning and awareness of environmental issues 

• Opportunity to meet mentors and potential employers who work in fields related to resource management and conservation 

• Valuable job and life skills 

• And most of all, the opportunity to protect Hawaii’s natural resources and make a positive impact in your community 


Mandatory orientation on a weekend or weeknight in May (virtual attendance available). June 7th – July 23rd, 2021 for all participants, followed by a recognition event (exact date TBD) 


1. Age – Applicants must be at least 17 years of age by June 7th, 2021 (due to AmeriCorps regulations). If you are 21 years of age or older, please see the HYCC Summer Team Leader application. 

2. Citizenship - Applicants must be one of the following: a US Citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien (due to AmeriCorps regulations). 

3. Background Check- Applicants are subject to background checks 

4. Housing/Transportation - Applicants must have their own personal housing and transportation arrangements on-island for non-program time (nights and weekends). 

5. Physical & Behavioral Requirements - Due to the nature of this program, the physical and behavioral demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a participant to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 a. Able to work extended hours on steep, rugged terrain, and/or under extreme hot and cold weather conditions 

b. Able to hike long distances carrying a 20lbs backpack 

c. Able to lift 30+ lbs, and operate basic hand tools (machetes, shovels, picks, etc.) 

d. Able to work and camp in remote locations with minimal facilities e. Able to work closely, interact according to Kupu’s core values and expectations, and camp with a small team for consecutive days and weeks 


1. Complete the Online Application 

The application can be filled out at the following direct link 2021 HYCC Summer Application or on our website at Please read ALL instructions and answer questions to the best of your ability. Application must be received by the deadline.

2. References On the application, you will be asked to provide contact information for two references. Your references will be prompted to submit an online form. Application and all materials must be received by the deadline. 


QUESTIONS? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page first. 

STILL NEED HELP? Call (808) 735-1221 x2001 or email us at should you have additional questions.






  • Posted On

    December 2, 2020
  • Closing Date

    February 26, 2021
  • Organization

  • Location

    All Islands
  • Position Type

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