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Education Coordinator

The Waikōloa Dry Forest Initiative’s Education Coordinator is an important position at WDFI and we are looking for someone who is passionate about sharing the forest and its significance with the next generation! The Education Coordinator is responsible for the development and instruction of WDFI’s unique children’s environmental educational program, the Waikōloa Future Foresters, which WDFI has provided since 2011. The Education Coordinator should be motivated and enthusiastic about leading outdoor adventures that inspire keiki and deepen their connections to the natural world. The Education Coordinator also develops and expands educational materials, experiences, and activities and shares them with visiting students, classes, groups, and the general public.

Education Coordinator Job Description

Complete applications will include a cover letter, resume and contact information for a minimum of three professional references. Competitive applications will include cover letters that describe your teaching philosophy and style, personal goals, and unique preparedness for this position. Applications will be reviewed as received and interviews will be scheduled with qualified candidates beginning in late January.

Please Email your application to:
Please contact Jen Lawson at (808) 494-2208 or with any questions regarding the position or application process.



Forest Education and Restoration Assistant – KUPU Conservation Leadership Development Program

We have partnered with Kupu, a non-profit organization that aims to empower future generations to create a more sustainable Hawaiʻi through environmental and cultural stewardship. Their programs place young adults a pathway to success in their personal and professional lives by providing them with training, experience, and skills needed to pursue a career in conservation. Together, our goal is to provide you with a paid, entry-level opportunity for early professionals (17 years or older) that want to commit to a career in conservation.

Working with WDFI will include assistance with the management and reforestation of the Waikōloa Dry Forest Preserve and our after-school program, Future Foresters. This position is largely field-based and includes assisting our Education Coordinator, leading activities for youth, native and endangered plant management, invasive species management, trail maintenance, and irrigation work.

Throughout your year-long term, you will be paid a living allowance of $2,000 each month, receive mentorship from our site supervisors, gain valuable knowledge about your dryland forests, and upon completion of your service term, you will be award an AmeriCorps education award of $6,496.00 (may be used like a college scholarship).

Education and Restoration Technician Job Description

Learn more about the program and its benefits, on Kupu’s website: Conservation Leadership – Creating Positive Impact in Hawaiʻi (

Applications are due by January 27th! Apply today through the following link:

Please contact Jen Lawson at (808) 494-2208 or with any questions regarding the position.



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