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Conservation Leadership Development Program (CLDP)




1.       All applicants MUST READ the program requirements for the position they are applying for below.  If you have questions about your eligibility, please email or call us.  

3.     Please read the Things to Consider fact sheet and review the list of previous CLDP host site partners before applying to the program.

3.     Click "Next Page" to continue.  You can save your application and return to it later using the "Save my progress" link at the top or bottom of any page.


4.      When finished, click "Submit".  You will need to complete your electronic signature on the Final Review page, and then verify it via an emailed link.


5.     After you have finished, your references will automatically receive an email with a link to complete their reference form.  We advise you to submit your application early in order to give your references time to submit their forms.


6.     Lastly, call or email Kupu staff to confirm that all parts of your application, including both reference forms, have been received before 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. 2002 or conservation@kupuhawaii.org.


The application will remain open until all positions are filled.
CLDP Term Selection

Important:  You may select more than one Conservation Leadership program term to apply for.  Please make sure you have read the position descriptions for each, as the benefits, locations, term length and start dates vary.  Please note, your references will also be required to fill out a reference form for each term you select.

Program Dates & Term Types Available:

CLDP 2023-24: Year-Long, Full-Time (40 hours/week) for 11 months

CLDP 2023-24: Seasonal, Half-Time (40 hours/week) for 6 months

Contact Information

Your Legal First and Last Name should be identical to the one that appears on your federal government issued Photo ID (i.e., driver’s license, state ID, US passport, Lawful Permanent Resident card).

Your Legal First and Last Name should be identical to the one that appears on your federal government issued Photo ID (i.e., driver’s license, state ID, US passport, Lawful Permanent Resident card).

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Use the following format: + Country Code, Area Code, Phone Number

Applicant Details

Enter the number of Education Awards you have or will have received for each type of AmeriCorps term you have participated in.  Enter "0" if not applicable.  

[For example:  If you participated in the HYCC Summer program and received one Education Award, enter "1" in the MTT # Ed Awards Received.]
# Ed Awards Received
Minimum Time Term (300 hours)
Quarter Time Term (450 hours)
Half Time Term (900 hours)
Full Time Term (1700 hours)

Referral Source

Location Preferences

Important:  Applicants are responsible for finding their own housing and transportation on the island where they serve.  Please keep this in mind when selecting your location preferences.

Which island are you most interested in serving on?  You may choose up to three separate locations ranked in order of preference.  Please do not duplicate or repeat your answers.

Position Preferences

Important:  Choose three types of positions that interest you most, in order of preference.  Your answers are important as they will help us match you with the appropriate host sites.  Please do not repeat or duplicate your answers.  


A written description of each type of position can be found here.

Short Answer Questions

No Experience Little Experience Moderate Experience Extensive Experience
Resume and Two References


You are welcome to submit a resume and one or two references to assist Kupu's partnering host sites to better evaluate your CLDP application, but it is NOT required.

Are you applying to multiple CLDP terms or other Kupu programs?  If you are using the same references for your applications, they will need to fill out separate forms for each program or term you submit.  Please let them know in advance that they will be receiving multiple emails with a different web link for each program application or CLDP term.

Guidelines for selecting references:  Use professional references from individuals that have known you for at least three months (e.g., teacher/professor, coach, employer, leader from a group you have volunteered with).  References cannot be immediate family members or close friends.  The individuals you list should be able to speak to your personal and professional attributes.  Please verify that you have entered all information correctly, including email addresses.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 808-735-1221 ext. 2002 or conservation@kupuhawaii.org

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Please Read Before Signing

I understand and confirm that, if selected...

Since you are under 18, you must inform your parent or legal guardian that you have applied to this program BEFORE you submit your application AND get their permission. You must also provide their contact information below.

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In accordance with Federal Law, Kupu is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  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.
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