Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps 2019 Summer 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.

The Hawai'i Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) Summer Program offers individuals the chance to gain environmental restoration experience in a supportive team atmosphere.  Participants are assigned to a specific island and spend the summer months serving outdoors at various environmental organizations.

The fieldwork and cultural education participants experience through place-based learning provides opportunities to develop leadership skills, gain vocational training and build greater confidence.  In addition to serving in the field alongside members, team leaders hold a few extra responsibilities including coordinating service days with sites and providing mentorship and guidance to participants.

Team leaders may also receive college credit, monetary stipends and/or an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion.  This program is best suited for adults aged 21 and up.  Applicants must be comfortable in outdoor environments, and be able to perform physically demanding duties.

HYCC Summer Team Leader Program Dates:  June 3rd - July 28th, 2019

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.  Once you submit your application to Kupu, your references will automatically receive an email with a link to complete a reference form.  We advise you to submit your application as soon as possible, to give your references time to submit their forms.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (808) 735-1221 ext. 2001 or hyccsummer@kupuhawaii.org.

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.  You must be comfortable with your second and third choices if you are placed there. 

Interview Location

Note:  Interviews for selected applicants will be in March 2019.

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 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 or your references have any questions, please contact us at hyccsummer@kupuhawaii.org or 808-735-1221 ext. 2001.

Please Read Before Signing

  1. Team leaders must be available from Monday through Friday including possible weekends and holidays for eight weeks between the end of May until July 2019; and also able to participate in potential late night, early morning and/or overnight activities.

  2. 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.

  3. Team leaders are prohibited from smoking tobacco or non-tobacco products including e-cigarettes, consuming alcohol or using any illegal substances.  All members are subject to drug testing, driving abstracts and criminal history checks.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.
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.