Conservation Leadership Development Program (CLDP) - Seasonal/Summer Participant 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 Conservation Leadership Development Program (CLDP) creates rigorous entry-level opportunities for young professionals that want to commit to a career in conservation.  Participants are placed at an environmental organization where they assist with projects that equip them with skills and leadership opportunities to move ahead in their career. 


  • For non-AmeriCorps positions:  ​In addition to gaining valuable insight in the conservation field, participants ​will also receive an hourly wage.
  • For AmeriCorps positions:  In addition to gaining valuable insight in the conservation field, participants also receive a living allowance and an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion.


This program is best suited for youth aged 17 and above.  Applicants must be comfortable in outdoor environments, and be able to perform physically demanding duties.

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.  

If you have any questions, please contact us at (808) 735-1221 ext. 2002 or

The priority deadline for all applications to be completed in full is March 1st, 2019.

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. 

Position Preferences

IMPORTANT:  Please select the three types of position that you are most interested in.  A description of each position type 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. 2002 or

Please Read Before Signing

  1. Members, 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. Members must have their own housing within proximity of their host sites.  Neither Kupu nor the host site is responsible for providing housing.

  3. Members must provide their own transportation to and from host sites.  Neither Kupu nor the host site is responsible for providing regular transportation.

  4. Members 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. Members 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. Members 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. Members, 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.