2018-19 HYCC Community: 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 working in all environments, and be able to perform physically and emotionally demanding work. 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.
Personal Information

Referral Source

Location Preferences


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 work 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

Work Preferences

Please select the three types of work that you are most interested in.

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

Please ensure that your references are professionals or teachers. You may not include any family members as a reference. Once you submit your application to Kupu, the references you listed will automatically receive an email with a link to complete an electronic reference form. We advise you to let your references know this in advance when submitting your application.

If you do not have a direct phone number for your reference, please put the general main line (and extension if available) to enable us to reach them at their place of work.


If you will be applying for any other Kupu programs AND you plan to use the same references in all of your applications, please note that your references will receive additional electronic forms to complete (one for each program application you submit). If they have any concerns, they can reach our team at 808-735-1221 ext. 2004 or community@kupuhawaii.org.

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  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 actively working 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.