Sustainability Business Forum & Ala Wai Watershed Collaboration (AmeriCorps VISTA)

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Hawai'i Green Growth
Honolulu, HI, United States
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Organizational Overview

Hawai‘i Green Growth is a Local2030 hub that scales and accelerates local solutions to global challenges in partnership with the United Nations. Hawai‘i Green Growth formed in response to the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to identify green growth priorities and advance a green economy within an island context. This work builds on a legacy of movements and initiatives, including Hawai‘i 2000, Hawai‘i 2050, Mālama Hawai‘i, and forty years of voyaging by Hōkūle‘a.

The Aloha+ Challenge: He Nohona ‘Ae‘oia is a statewide commitment to achieve Hawai‘i’s sustainability goals, and serves as a local framework to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Aloha+ Challenge was launched in 2014 by HGG public and private sector partners with leadership from the State, Counties, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and State Legislature. The Aloha+ Challenge enjoys unprecedented political support to achieve time-bound sustainability goals and indicators, which are measured through an open- data impact Dashboard. HGG works with public and private partners on joint policies, initiatives, and communications that advance Hawai‘i’s Aloha+ Challenge goals. The Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard is an online open-data platform to track progress, provide accountability and ensure transparency on Hawai‘i’s economic, social, and environmental priorities.

Position Summary

This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position offered through the Aloha+ Challenge VISTA Program to address poverty and increase economic, social, and environmental resiliency across Hawai‘i. Learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA at:

This is a full-time position that will support Hawai‘i Green Growth in network building and partner engagement for two initiatives working to achieve the Aloha+ Challenge: the Sustainability Business Forum and the Ala Wai Watershed Collaboration.

The Sustainability Business Forum brings together business executives working to achieve economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and community resilience for Hawai'i. The Ala Wai Watershed Collaboration is a diverse public-private stakeholder group committed to an ambitious action plan to clean up the most densely populated watershed in Hawai'i, reduce the risks of catastrophic natural disasters and adapt to climate change impacts, and improve community livability and opportunities for cultural connections throughout the watershed.

The Sustainability Business Forum and Ala Wai Watershed Collaboration VISTA position is structured to provide significant work experience in the areas of sustainable development, policy, communications and data through hands-on experiential learning. This position will have the opportunity to take on meaningful responsibility quickly, and engage with a diverse network of local, national and international partners. In addition, HGG is committed to the mentorship and professional development of each team member.

Eligibility for the AmeriCorps VISTA Program:

In order to be considered for hire, one must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Available full time (40 hours/week)
  • 18 years or older
  • US Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident
  • Not listed on the National Sex Offenders Public Registry

AmeriCorps Compensation and Benefits Package:

  • Living allowance (approx. $24,053 annually)
  • Education Award (approx. $6,195)
  • Child Care Benefits (approx. $400 per month per child)
  • AmeriCorps VISTA Healthcare Benefits Program
  • Relocation Travel Allowance and Settling In Allowance
  • Professional Development Courses


It is preferred that the applicant has the following:

  • Strong attention to detail, organization, planning skills and personal accountability
  • Interest in a collaborative and integrated approach to sustainability that supports environmental, social and economic prosperity
  • Familiarity with Hawai‘i’s geography and communities, as well as a respect for Hawaiian language, culture and traditions
  • Relevant education and/or work experience
  • Flexible in supporting other duties as assigned

This year-long position begins February-March 2020 and is based in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Major Responsibilities

Partnership Coordination: Support coordination, administration and communication of the Ala Wai Watershed Collaboration and Sustainability Business Forum.

  • Correspond with partners regarding joint priorities, initiatives and meetings
  • Schedule partner and stakeholder meetings
  • Support relevant writing, reporting and research
  • Support development of new initiatives and special projects to benefit low-income communities

Meetings & Event Planning: Coordination, preparation and follow-up for partnership meetings and strategic events (e.g. working group and committee meetings, network events, conferences).

  • Schedule and coordinate meetings, including logistics, invitations and RSVPs
  • Prepare materials, including presentations, meeting summaries, and other documents
  • Attend and provide support at meetings
  • Assist with timely follow-up and action items

Communications & Outreach:

  • Support website updates, maintenance and content development
  • Coordinate and update communications materials, photos and relevant databases
  • Work with team on media and communications around relevant events and initiatives
  • Support initiatives with social media, as needed and time permits

Project Operations & Legacy:

  • Maintain key master documents, organizational systems and support monthly administration
  • Build relevant tools and resources to support the Collaboration and Forum’s capacity
  • Support grant writing, project reports and compilation of results

Other duties as assigned

Application Details

Please submit your resume and cover letter by December 15, 2019:


More Information

Job Types: Full-time, Internship

Salary: $24,053.00 /year

Application Question:

Additional Compensation:

  • Other forms

Work Location:

  • One location


  • Paid time off
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional development assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • People-oriented -- enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects
  • Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction
  • Innovative -- prefers working in unconventional ways or on tasks that require creativity