Position Title: CAP OC AmeriCorps Climate Change Fellow
Term of Service: Full-time, September 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022
Time requirements: 40 hours/week; 1,700 hours in an 11 month term
About Climate Corps AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is a national service commitment that meets a community’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Climate Corps AmeriCorps partners with local government, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations across California to provide full-time service opportunities in the Bay Area and the Greater LA and San Diego Area supporting communities’ critical needs in building climate resilience. Climate Corps AmeriCorps fellows dedicate 1,700 hours of service in exchange for leadership and career development, and a living stipend supported by our AmeriCorps grant. Climate Corps AmeriCorps is an exciting opportunity for service-minded individuals who are passionate about building climate resilience for communities. For more information, please visit www.americorps.gov.
About CAP OC
Born of the War on Poverty, Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAP OC) has worked to enhance the quality of life here since 1965. We boldly address the root causes of poverty and advocate for change through systemic reforms, environmental and social justice and racial equity. We live and work in the neighborhoods we so passionately serve—coming together from all backgrounds and experiences to stabilize, sustain and empower individuals and families so they may build stronger communities.
The two positions will be placed in our Energy and Environmental Services Department but will be directly involved in helping to supervise Planning Department interns and also coordinating with the Agency’s Green Jobs Workforce Development Program. For more information, please visit https://www.capoc.org/
Description of duties:
The CAP OC AmeriCorps Climate Change Fellow will increase the number of high-value Interns/volunteers providing low-income communities with education and resources that address resilience challenges and create lasting impact in these communities. The AmeriCorps fellow will build capacity by recruiting Interns/Volunteers from local Colleges and Universities to advocate for sustainable climate change/adaptation plans, driving deeper energy efficiency savings, expanding electric vehicle adoption, advocating for sustainable environmental policies/practices, and leading climate education programs. This position is a valuable opportunity to develop and apply leadership and community organizing skills to make impactful changes in low income communities that have been adversely impacted by climate change and environmental inequities, including opportunities for Green Jobs and Electric Vehicle ownership.
AmeriCorps fellows must:
- Be US citizens or legal permanent residents
- Have a high school diploma/GED
- Be 17 years old or older
- Pass state criminal and FBI background checks, and a national check in the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry
- Test negatively for tuberculosis (for positions working with children)
- Be able and willing to commit to the 11-month service term
- Be able and willing to work remotely if needed due to ongoing COVID-19 public health considerations and shelter-in-place orders.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills. Should be able to adapt communication style to suit different audiences.
- Action orientated.
- Be able to work with a culturally diverse population.
- Be able to oversee/manage a team of Interns/Volunteers.
- Experience with community outreach/advocacy.
- Be knowledgeable of climate change and environmental justice issues.
- Professional presentation skills to deliver program information to individuals and/or groups.
- Be able to work independently and with self-direction while working collaboratively within a team; exercising considerable judgment.
- Be able to analyze and interpret various materials to make recommendations on program input.
- Record keeping principals and methods.
- Be able to work efficiently within demanding time constraints and exhibiting exceptional time management skills.
- Planning and organizational techniques to develop and implement action plans.
- Be able to provide services and presentations in a virtual format, large formal gatherings, and in-person (accounting for CDC and state/county guidelines for social and physical distancing).
- Desired bilingual abilities in Spanish/Vietnamese/Mandarin/Farsi.
- Commitment to the agency’s mission.
Benefits of service
- Receive a living allowance stipend of $2,255 per month
- Receive free MEC healthcare, child care support, and qualifying federal student loan deferment throughout your term of service.
- Upon the successful completion of your 1,700 hours and term of service, receive a Segal Education Award of $6,345 and a California for All Education Award of $3,655.
- Receive ongoing training & support, including a 4-day orientation, monthly trainings, a 2-day retreat, and personal professional development support.
- Benefit from the robust, ever-growing Climate Corps network of partner organizations and alumni.
- Develop sustainability skills, implement impactful climate change resiliency projects, and build partnerships in your community.
- Ongoing mentorship and training to the Fellow by Supervisor or Lead.
- Opportunity to serve on a multi-disciplinary team.
- Build upon communication and presentation skills.
- Gain invaluable experience in organizing in-person and virtual community events.
- Mentoring and connections to local and regional environmental networks.
- Gain an understanding of local/regional/State climate change policies and practices.
- Receive invaluable leadership skills by overseeing a team of Interns and Volunteers.
- Gain invaluable experience in community outreach/engagement/advocacy.
- Gain experience in Microsoft Office Professional in preparing memorandums, reports, presentations, spreadsheets, and databases.
- Workforce Development education and Green Job opportunities.
- Learn about CAP OC’s Weatherization program.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement
BACR is an equal opportunity employer. We cultivate an environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all employees and National Service members. We are firmly committed to maintaining an atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. Therefore, we enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Our management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this equal opportunity policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruitment advertising, pay, and other forms of compensation, training, and general treatment during employment.