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Conservation Leadership Development Program - Paid, Entry-level

Applications will only be considered if submitted through Kupu's official website: 

The Conservation Leadership Development Program (CLDP) is designed for individuals who are looking for an intensive entry-level experience in preparation for a career in the conservation field. Members are selected to serve at a single host site that best matches the individual’s interests. Applicants must be comfortable serving in rugged environments and be able to perform physically demanding duties. 
The Conservation Leadership Development program will be a 6-11month term in which members serve side-by-side with professionals in the natural resource management field, gaining in-depth experience in varying conservation initiatives throughout the state and Pacific. Conservation initiatives and duties vary depending on the host site in which the member is placed at, ranging from invasive species removal and native habitat restoration to outreach and education. Members will gain valuable professional experience within the natural resource management field as well as networking opportunities with leading conservation professionals. Most importantly, members will have the opportunity to serve and restore some of our most precious natural areas and resources here in the Pacific Islands! 

AVAILABILITY: There will be one or more positions on each of the following islands: Hawaiʿi Island, Kauaʿi, Maui, Molokaʿi, Oʿahu, American Samoa, Guam, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Rota and Saipan). The number of positions and areas in which positions are available are subject to change. For a member to finish their term as scheduled, members will need to commit to 40 hours per week. 

  • Monthly Living Allowance of $2,560 per month  
  • Education Award through Kupu’s largest supporter, AmeriCorps: Half Time Term = $3,447.50 and Full Time Term = $6,895.00 
  • Opportunity to gain experience with leading conservation organizations and experts. 
  • Child care benefits, health care, and loan deferment available for eligible applicants. 
  • The opportunity to protect our natural resources and make a positive impact in your community! 
Applications will only be considered if submitted through Kupu's official website: 
Still in school? Interested in a Summer opportunity that you can take part in between semesters? Check out Kupu’s Hawai’i Youth Conservation Corps Summer Program (HYCC-Summer).