Green Jobs in Hawaii


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Brief introduction and data points on green jobs in Hawaii. Presented by Brant Hi'ikua Chillingworth, Program Officer at the Hau'oli Mau Loa Foundation, at the 2012 Hawaii Environmental Education Symposium Green Jobs in Hawaii session.

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  • Want to focus a bit more on the Natural Resource Management area or careers in conservation
  • Limited accessibility especially true for Kaua‘i County and parts of Maui County
  • Enviro leadership pathways – we want to increase the number of local youth who are pursuing and attaining careers conservation. We hope to accomplish this goal by initially focusing in 4 areas
  • 10 year effort that began via interviews, surveys and research in 2010 GA ships are masters level scholarships and we’re supporting 3 at Hilo TCBES and 3 at NREM – Mānoa Re: Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance we’re supporting subsidized student registrations and a emerging professionals focus at the HCA conference and during the year. HCA is going to be revamping their web site to add job seeker information which will add to the HEAR site and Mālama Hawai‘i. The DOE planning grant with Kupu is looking at ways we can support environmental resource management education within the DOE grades 11 and 12. We’d like to maintain the momentum gained during intercession programs We’re going to hear more about how internships and fellowships connect students to career opportunities and bridge the gap between education and the workforce Paid Opportunity Science component High quality, high expectations Mentorship Scaffolding School Credit Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation is currently in an initial phase of environmental leadership pathways grantmaking. 1. Support for the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance (HCA) and the emerging professionals program Expand opportunities for Hawai’i students and emerging professionals to develop their networks and knowledge through venues, such as the annual Hawai’i Conservation Conference, and increase awareness of job and networking opportunities by expanding the capacity of HCA. 2. Support Environmental Resource Management and Conservation course offerings and experiences within the Hawai`i Department of Education at the High School level Support a planning grant for Kupu to explore a possible partnership with the Hawai‘i State Department of Education to educate, equip and inspire high school youth interested in natural resource management. 3.High Performing Internship and Fellowship Programs Grow opportunities for post-secondary students to train and develop in the Environmental Resource Management field by supporting organizations offering high quality/high performing paid internships with strong science components. 4.TargetedMasters level Scholarships for students interested in pursuing careers in Environmental Resource Management Increase the number of qualified Hawai‘i students/professionals pursuing resource management careers by offering masters level scholarships to students. Initial graduate assistantships will begin at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo– Department of Tropical Conservation Biology and Environment Science, and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa – Department of Natural Resources& Environmental Management.
  • Over 220,000 students coming out of Hawai‘i High Schools every year, not all are going to pursue green careers however we can and should be encouraging a portion of them and give them opportunities. UHERO gave us a great snapshot of the number of jobs currently in energy, ag, and Natural Resource Management in Hawai‘i. 15/6/3 Top 3 barriers to improving the pipeline of Hawai‘i youth from pursuing careers in NRM (according to 130 survey respondents) Low pay (either real or perceived), and limited opportunities for upward mobility in NRM jobs Limited accessibility to quality post-secondary education and training programs A limited number of full-time positions; or entry level openings
  • Green Jobs in Hawaii

    1. 1. GREEN JOBS IN HAWAI‘IBackground information and data pointsBrant Chillingworth, Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation
    2. 2. GREEN JOBS PIPELINE: HAWAI‘ISCHOOLS Key Data Points – Enrollment and Graduation School Enrollment Data [HI Totals (SY 09 – 10)]  178,649 public school students  7,819 charter school students  34,845 private school students Four-Year Graduation and Dropout Rates (public + charter schools)  Graduation Rate= 79.3%  Dropout Rate= 16.6%  Other= 4.1%
    4. 4. HOW MANY JOBS ARE AVAILABLE? According to a recent UHERO study by Kim Burnett and Christopher Wada: As of 2012 in Hawai‘i there are:  at least 3,279 jobs in the environmental resource management sector  15,255 jobs in the energy sector  6,300 jobs in the agricultural sector
    5. 5. UHERO REPORT 2012
    6. 6. WHAT’S WORKING IN TERMS OFCONNECTING STUDENTS TO JOBS INENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCEMANAGEMENT? Key Findings from the results of a 2011 Foundation survey (n=130): The top three “barriers and limitations to strengthening the pipeline of Hawai‘i youth from pursuing careers in NRM:” 1. Low pay (either real or perceived), and limited opportunities for upward mobility in NRM jobs 2. Limited accessibility to quality post-secondary education and training programs 3. A limited number of full-time positions; or entry level openings According to survey respondents, the top three most important resources to help train or develop young environmental resource management professionals are: 1. Paid internships and fellowships (note: quality and intensity vary) 2. Financial support (e.g. scholarships and/or program support) 3. Mentorship programs
    7. 7. ABOUT HAU‘OLI MAU LOAFOUNDATION Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation is an independent foundation that works in partnership with nonprofit organizations, most of which are in Hawai`i, to expand opportunities for those who are less fortunate, especially children, and to preserve and protect the environment. Our 5 Program Areas are:  Youth  AffordableHousing  Humanitarian Relief  First Generation Partners  Environment (new program as of 2010)  Invasive Species Prevention  Environmental Leadership Pathways
    9. 9. CONCLUSION Some bright spots:  STEM  Strong interest in NRM related internships and fellowships  Strong interest in ‘āina-based education and programs  “Impact Investing”  Potential impact of the HELP  The Panel