Conservation Leadership Development Program (CLDP) -  'Imi i ka Lama 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.


Thank you for your interest in applying to the 'Imi i ka Lama Program at Haleakalā National Park!  This program is offered through Kupu, a Hawaii-based non-profit 501(c)(3).  The 'Imi i ka Lama Program will run from June 10 – August 2, 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.  If you have any questions, please contact us at (808) 735-1221 ext. 2002 or

The deadline for this application is March 1st, 2019.

Contact Information

Applicant Details

Participants must be age 17 and over, with the exception of the Visitor/Resource Protection participants who must be age 19 and over.  Team Leaders must be age 21 and over.

Referral Source

Location & Site Requirements

IMPORTANT:  This opportunity is located at Haleakalā National Park on the island of Maui.  All applicants must have or will have their own reliable housing and transportation.

Short Answer Questions

These questions enable 'Imi I Ka Lama to gain a deeper perspective about you.  Each short answer should not exceed 2-3 paragraphs.

Relevant Experience

Position Type

Select, in order of preference, which position(s) you are interested in.  

IMPORTANT:  Although you are given up to four opportunities to identify your preferred position type in order of preference, you do not need to provide an entry for all four in this section.  It is very important that you select only those positions that you are truly interested in fulfilling!

There are additional short answer questions you must complete for each position you select below.  Please ensure that each relevant section is completed in full.

Participants must be age 17 and over, with the exception of the Visitor/Resource Protection participants who must be age 19 and over.  Team Leaders must be age 21 and over.

Cultural Resource Management Questions

Interpretation Questions

Team Leader Questions

Visitor/Resource Protection Questions

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 actively working 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.