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Conservation Youth Programs and Jobs

Kupu News Release

Local nonprofit Kupu is now accepting applicants for its summer and year-round conservation education and workforce development programs on Molokai.

Kupu’s Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) Summer program is seeking five members between 17 and 20 years old and one team leader, 21 and over, who are interested in a full-time summer education and job opportunity on Molokai.

HYCC Summer participants will work as a team, learning conservation work at unique natural resource management sites across the island, including Kalaupapa National Park, Ka Honua Momona, Molokai Land Trust, Sust`ainable Molokai and The Nature Conservancy. In addition to gaining hands-on job training, members will also receive a $500 volunteer award, $1,222 scholarship to use toward higher education or student loans, and may also apply the program toward fulfilling the Dept. of Education’s school senior project requirement or toward college credit. HYCC Summer Team Leaders will receive $1,000 bi-weekly allowances, $1,222 in scholarship, and may also receive college credit upon completion of the program, while also developing leadership, mentoring and coordination job skills.

The seven-week program for members starts June 5. Team Leaders serve eight weeks starting May 29, which includes an opportunity to participate in a leadership training orientation on Oahu. The HYCC Summer program ends on July 21. The deadline to apply for is Tue. Feb. 28. For more details and to apply for Kupu’s HYCC Summer program, visit kupuhawaii.org/hycc-summer/.

Those interested in a paid summer internship opportunity may apply for one of four Kupu Conservation Leadership Development positions in the maintenance or cultural resource departments at  Kalaupapa National Historic Park. Youth 17 and older who are working toward, or earned their high school diplomas, may apply for the program. Selected interns will receive $375 bi-weekly living allowances, $1,222 scholarship and may receive college credit upon completion of the program. The eight-week internships are available June 12-Aug. 4 and applications are due Tuesday, Feb. 28. To apply, visit http://www.kupuhawaii.org/conservation/.

Extended Kupu Conservation Leadership Development internship positions on Molokai are also available starting October 2017 through August 2018. Selected interns will work at one partner site over a 10-month period, where they will gain in-depth experience in natural resource management. In addition, Kupu interns will receive $720 in bi-weekly living allowances and a $5,815 scholarship upon completion of the program. Placement preferences will be provided to those who apply by June 30, 2017. For more details about position openings, visit kupuhawaii.org/conservation/.

To learn more about Kupu and its conservation and sustainability programs for youth and young adults, visit kupuhawaii.org. 

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