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Environmental Education Leadership Development Program (EELDP) 



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 Environmental Education Leadership Development Program (EELDP) was created to meet the growing demand for environmental education in public schools on O'ahu.  Participants are college graduates, ages 21 and over, with various academic backgrounds that prepare them to engage young students in activities relating to the natural world.  They are placed at one or more schools to provide innovative ways to inspire their students' curiosity about Hawai'i's natural and cultural resources.

Across the island, participants have helped implement school gardens and recycling programs, build aquaponics and hydroponics systems, provide support for outdoor field trips, create curriculum to increase scientific exploration and environmental literacy, and connected youth to mentoring opportunities through a state-led forest restoration program.  Participants also receive a living allowance and an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion.

Program Dates:  September 2019 - August 2020 (exact start and end dates to be determined).

  1. Before starting the application form, all applicants MUST READ the EELDP Position Description and Applicant Requirements.  If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact Kupu staff via email or phone.
  2. Click "Next Page" to continue filling out all portions of the application.  You are welcome to save your application and return to it later using the "Save my progress" link at the top or bottom of any page.  *Note: Only PDF or Word documents will be accepted for uploading your resume.
  3. When finished, click "Submit".  You will need to complete your electronic signature on the Final Review page, and then verify it via email.
  4. Lastly, please confirm with Kupu staff via phone or email that all parts of your application, including both reference forms, have been received by the deadline.

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. 2008 or education@kupuhawaii.org.

The priority deadline for this application is July 1, 2019.

Contact Information

Applicant Details

Referral Source

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 web 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 to ensure these forms are submitted.  Your application will be considered incomplete until we can confirm receipt of your resume and BOTH reference forms.  

Guidelines for Selecting References:  Your references should come from professional sources.  This could be a coach, employer, teacher, groups you have volunteered with, or anyone who has known you in a professional capacity for at least three months.  References cannot include immediate family members or close friends.  The individuals you list should be able to speak to your personal and professional attributes.  It is also very important that you have your reference's proper email address, and that it is typed in correctly below.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 808-735-1221 ext. 2008 or education@kupuhawaii.org

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, please contact us.