Recruitment Information

This posting is for the State of Hawaii, Department of Defense, Youth Challenge Academy.

This position is located on the Island of Hawaii, Hilo

Salary: $3,040.00 per month

If you have any questions regarding this non-civil service exempt position, please contact the Director Kuulei Kekuewa at

The State Recruiting Office will refer all inquiries regarding this exempt position to the Department of Defense, Youth Challenge Academy.

Duties Summary

This position is located at the Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge Academy, Hilo Campus, State Department of Defense. The program is part of a nationwide strategy to assist qualified high school dropouts, ages 16-18, to acquire values, skills, education, and self-discipline to become contributing members of society.

This position serves as the Maintenance Technician at the YCA Hilo Campus, and will be responsible for the custodial, building, and grounds maintenance for the program.

Minimum Qualification Requirements


Knowledge of basic practices and methods in the repair of buildings, including safety procedures; common practices, tools, equipment, and materials used in the carpentry, painting, plumbing and electrical trades; cleaning methods, materials, and equipment; types of cleaners for various surfaces.


Ability to use the common tools utilized in a variety of building trades, handle minor mechanical repairs; read and interpret sketches and simple plans; understand and follow oral and written instructions; operate heavy industrial cleaning equipment, perform heavy lifting, moving, digging, and carrying; work cooperatively with others.


Graduation from high school.


Two (2) years of work experience in performing a variety of building maintenance repair work.

Valid Driver’s License to operate a vehicle in the State of Hawaii.

Must pass criminal background check.

Other Information

This position is exempt from the civil service and considered temporary in nature. Therefore, if you are appointed to the position, your employment will be considered to be "at will", which means that you may be discharged from your employment at the prerogative your department head or designee at any time.

As a condition of employment with the State of Hawaii, each qualified candidate who has been given a conditional offer of employment must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and shall be fully vaccinated by his/her/their employment start date. A reasonable accommodation will be provided if requested by a candidate and it is determined through an interactive process that pregnancy, a qualifying disability, or a sincerely held religious belief prevents the candidate from receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

Please note that the COVID-19 vaccination policy will apply to both new hires not currently employed by the State of Hawaii Executive branch, as well as current State of Hawaii Executive Branch Employees who are being considered for placement into another State of Hawaii Executive Branch position.


Legal Authorization to Work Requirement: The State of Hawaii requires all persons seeking employment with the government of the State shall be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States, or eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment in the United States.


Email the following documents to:

  • Your cover letter;
  • Detailed resume

Or mail your documents to:

Youth Challenge Academy-Hilo
Attn: Director Kuulei Kekuewa
P.O. Box 5210
Hilo, HI 96720

Direct all inquiries regarding this position to:

Director Kuulei Kekuewa

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