Hawaii Youth Conservations Corps Community Program - Team Leader Application 

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Established in 2007, Kupu empowers future generations to create a more sustainable, pono Hawai'i.  We provide hands-on training programs that educate and mentor youth to become stewards of our culture and environment, helping them develop a strong connection to the place in which we live.  In doing so, we strive to fulfill our mission to empower youth to serve their communities through character-building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage pono (integrity) with Ke Akua (God), self, and others.

Kupu's Hawai'i Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) Community Program is an O'ahu-based program that prepares under-resourced youth for the workforce by providing them with life skills training, green job and volunteer opportunities, and encouragement to meaningfully impact their local communities through service.  Kupu staff and Team Leaders mentor participants (usually ages 16-24) throughout the program and ensure that everyone feels a sense of cohesion and camaraderie among their peers.

Led by Team Leaders, participants engage in culturally significant activities across the island, including outplanting native species, farming in the lo'i kalo (taro fields) and restoring loko i'a (traditional fishponds).  For many youth, these experiences create a supportive setting for them to reconnect with their identity and contemplate their future aspirations.  Upon successful completion, participants have the option of receiving their Certificate of High School Equivalency.

Applicants must be comfortable in all environments, and be able to perform physically and emotionally demanding duties.  Team Leaders also receive a living allowance and an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion.

Positions are available at two separate locations on O'ahu
Kupu’s training facility in Honolulu OR in Ka'ala on the Leeward Coast

Team Leader applicants must:
  • Be at least 21 years of age by October 1, 2018
  • Have their own housing and reliable transportation 
  • Pass a background check, driving history test, and drug test
  • Meet the necessary physical and behavioral requirements
Prior to submitting this application, please review the Position Description and Applicant Requirements on the Kupu website.  Your application will be considered incomplete until all parts have been received.  Note: All file attachments must be uploaded as either a PDF or Word document.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (808) 735-1221 ext. 2004 or community@kupuhawaii.org.

The deadline for this application is December 20th, 2018.

Contact Information

Applicant Details

Referral Source

Location Preferences

IMPORTANT:  Applicants must have or will have reliable transportation on the island for which they are applying.

Kupu's HYCC Community Program is offered at two different sites on O'ahu.  There may be some program variation between these locations, as all service is tailored to the local community and teams.  Team Leaders need to choose which Site Location on O'ahu they prefer.

  • Honolulu (Town) Location
  • Ka'ala (Leeward) Location

Position Preferences

IMPORTANT:  In this section, please choose the three types of positions that interest you most, in order of preference. Your answers are important, as they will allow us to match you with the appropriate host sites that are conducting work in those areas.


A written description of each type of position can be found here.

Short Answer Questions

These questions assist Kupu with gaining a deeper perspective about you.  Each short answer should not exceed 2-3 paragraphs.

Resume and Two References

IMPORTANT:  Your references will be receiving an email containing a link to complete an electronic reference form once you submit this application.  If you are applying to multiple Kupu programs and will be using the same references for all of the applications you plan to submit, please let your references know in advance that they will need to fill out separate electronic forms for each program.  It is your responsibility that these forms are submitted.  If they are not received, your application will be considered incomplete.  You may not list any family or relatives as a reference.
If you have any questions, please contact us at 808-735-1221 ext. 2004 or community@kupuhawaii.org.

Please Read Before Signing

  1. Team Leaders, if selected, are responsible for traveling to their island to begin their term.  Neither Kupu nor the host site is responsible for any travel or relocation expenses.

  2. Team Leaders must have their own housing within proximity of their host sites. Neither Kupu nor the host site is responsible for providing housing.

  3. Team Leaders must provide their own transportation to and from the Kupu program site.  Kupu is not responsible for providing regular transportation to or from the Honolulu (Town) location or Ka'ala (Leeward) location.

  4. Team Leaders must be available from Monday through Friday during their term, and able to participate in potential late night, early morning and/or weekend (or holiday) activities.

  5. Team Leaders must be able and willing to camp outdoors for an extended period of time.  This may include being active on rugged terrain, on/in the water and/or in poor weather conditions with minimal or no restroom facilities.

  6. Team Leaders must be able to safely perform the physical and mental duties of their position which may include long hikes, remote camping and using heavy tools.

  7. Team Leaders, if selected, must submit copies of a current government-issued Photo ID, Birth Certificate, Social Security Card and a High School Diploma, Transcript or Equivalent.  Fingerprints will also be obtained for state and federal background checks.
Qualified applicants with disabilities who can perform the essential functions of the position are encouraged to apply. 
Kupu is committed to making reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis.

To become more sustainable, Kupu will send digital notifications regarding your application status.  If you prefer physical copies of these notifications, please contact us.