Position Title: Community Resilience 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 to provide full-time service opportunities in the Bay Area, Southern California, and the Central Valley to support communities’ critical needs for 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 an 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 or www.climatecorps.org.
About Climate Resolve
Climate Resolve builds collaborations to champion equitable climate solutions. We connect communities, organizations and policymakers to address a global problem with local action. We inclusively develop practical initiatives that reduce climate pollution and prepare for climate impacts. Using our collective power to tackle climate change, we are creating a thriving California and inspiring others to act. Our purpose is a just and resilient future. To learn more, visit www.climateresolve.org.
Description of duties:
As part of our mission to realize climate solutions in Los Angeles and surrounding areas, Climate Resolve concurrently manages a number of initiatives that are designed to promote and implement equitable strategies that improve the lives of residents now in the face of climate change—not 50, 30, or even 15 years down the line. As part of our work, we lead outreach campaigns which offer possibilities for individuals to implement tangible, realistic climate solutions on a day-to-day basis that have a net benefit to their lives and livelihoods. Additionally, Climate Resolve leads community planning projects, like working with city government and residents to install cool roofing and pavement designs to reduce heat as well as helping communities prepare for extreme events.
The Fellow’s role and contributions to these initiatives will include working with our Project Management staff to share real, local solutions to climate change with Angelenos and Southern Californians as a spokesperson and ambassador for Climate Resolve, seeking to build new partnerships with local community groups and constituents. This position will focus on supporting three areas of work including our tree ambassador program, research into the impacts of extreme heat on local workers, and our advocacy efforts to promote resilience hubs. Additionally, the Fellow will work to assist with project and event coordination efforts with diverse communities across the LA region. Climate Resolve is looking for a candidate with a commitment to equity, preferably one who represents one of the constituent communities our work serves.
- Participate in online/in-person outreach activities while observing COVID-19 safe practices
- Provide support for tree ambassadors outreach activities
- Research and compile opportunities to promote benefits and opportunities for tree plantings in Los Angeles Communities
- Facilitate communication between Tree Ambassadors, Climate Resolve, and project partners
- Help to develop a supportive peer network among the Tree Ambassadors
- Participate in monthly Tree Ambassador workshops
- Contribute to ad hoc event planning duties in support of outreach initiatives across the Los Angeles region
- Create social media content including graphics and short form videos to reach frontline communities
- Conduct online outreach while work-from-home restrictions remain in place
- Project Management/Research
- Support research on heat safety standards for workers
- Support research on extreme heat impacts on outdoor and indoor workers
- Assist in drafting final report on our findings on extreme heat and impacts on workers
- Assist in conducting interviews with experts on heat and indoor/outdoor workers
- Help establish relationships and trust between partners that Climate Resolve interacts with
- Resilience Hub Advocacy
- Support research and advocacy of Resilience Hubs
- Support Climate Resolve’s partnership with the City of Los Angeles’ Chief Resilience Officer to establish a Resilience Hub in Boyle Heights
- Help expand the pilot effort to additional climate vulnerable communities by assisting with thoughtful community engagement and grasstops coordination between City departments
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 if working with minors
- 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.
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Experience with in-person outreach, e.g. tabling, canvassing & comfortable speaking in public with diverse communities in a professional and personable manner
- Knowledgeable about the scientific and human impacts of climate change, with the ability to take an analytical approach to best practices for communications on these topics
- Have a keen awareness of the inequities exacerbated by climate change and its disproportionate effect on Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities
- At least some familiarity with the Southern California landscape (particular sectors of interest include: NGOs, service, health, faith, academia, and local government)
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including a willingness to ask for help as needed
- Excellent time management skills with ability to effectively prioritize tasks
- Comfortable working online while COVID-19 work-from-home restrictions remain in place
- Energetic and outgoing with a sense of fun!
- Bilingual in Spanish or another language of one of Los Angeles’ communities, such as Armenian, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Tagalog, Thai, or Vietnamese
- Knowledgeable about climate policy and advocacy in the Southern California context
- Experience with virtual engagement such as Zoom (e.g. breakout rooms and polling) and Google Jamboards
- Experience using Canva, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator
- Experience with social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)
Benefits of service
- Professional development opportunities
- Ability to learn more about climate change and environmental equity
- Great team atmosphere
- Opportunity to develop public speaking skills
- Opportunity to engage with community members
- Opportunity to work with and learn from colleagues with varied skill sets
- Opportunity to engage with multicultural and multilingual communities
- Leadership growth opportunities
- 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.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement
Bay Area Community Resources, the administrator of Climate Corps AmeriCorps, 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.