Location: Carmel Unified School District, Carmel, CA
Work Environment: This position is an In-person position to be located on site at the Carmel High School; 3600 Ocean Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923.
A desk and workspace will be provided in one of the Environmental Science Department classrooms. It is expected that the fellow will report to the workstation every school day, but some travel to the various school sites will be needed in addition to regular visits to the District Office where the Site Supervisor is located.
Term: September 2022 - July 2023 1700 hours; 40 hours/week
Living Allowance Stipend: $2,636/month
Education Award: $10,000 upon program completion
Benefits: Healthcare coverage (w/dental & vision), Education Award, student loan deferment, child care allowance, CalFresh, professional development budget ($100), industry networking.
About Carmel Unified School District
The Carmel Unified School District community produces lifelong learners who are prepared for the challenges of higher education, the workplace, and their role as citizens of an ever-changing global community.
The Carmel Unified School District contains 8 schools and 2,335 students. The district’s minority enrollment is 40%. Also, 8.2% of students are economically disadvantaged.
The Carmel Unified School District has been recognized as a Green Ribbon District and a NOAA Ocean Guardian School District, the first in the nation. Recently due to the pandemic and extenuating circumstances, the District’s environmental efforts have been derailed and halted. We are seeking support to get back on track.
Position Overview & Description
This position will work closely with students, staff, parents, custodial crew and administration to reduce waste generated by school lunches and daily operations.
Increase school community awareness of single-use plastic (SUP) pollution and sustainable alternatives to SUP;
Reduce the amount of SUP used on campus, including at the cafeteria, school events, and lunches brought from home
Improve disposal on school sites so that recyclable plastics are recycled, food waste is composted, and trash does not end up as litter or contaminate the recycling;
Align with efforts related to State laws AB 1826 and SB 1383.to help CUSD comply with these laws and feel good about being part of a larger sustainability effort.
Learn about and utilize the best available social science related to behavior change.
Projects may include, but not limited to:
Streamline food waste and plastics by analyzing current operations. Initial work will start with the High School and the Middle School, but may expand into other sites of the District;
Work with the head of the Nutritional Services to reduce the amount of waste (food and plastic) generated by the school lunches;
Work with the Environmental Responsibility Team, the student-led Environmental Clubs and Parent Organizations to assist with education and outreach efforts;
Create a waste plan to outline current and future goals and needs;
Create a best practices training to better educate custodial crew and other integral staff;
Create a signage plan to better educate staff, parents and students
Implement a composting program for the High School and Middle School;
Improve the District recycling program;
Research and apply for relevant grants to support implementation plans;
Attend the district’s Environmentally Responsibility Team meetings (Quarterly);
Work closely with the custodial crew and food services and site administration
Work with 6th grade ecoliteracy students.
Bachelor's degree preferred
Related experience in fields related to sustainability, zero waste, recycling
Ability to work independently and carry out assignments, make independent judgments and/or decisions, and discern when action at a higher level is required.
Confidence and ability to independently ask questions needed to complete tasks.
Current and valid driver’s license.
Access to a car to drive to various school sites.
Must be able to effectively manage multiple projects and maintain an organized and well communicated workflow.
Ability to meet current state COVID-19 requirements.
Fingerprinting required after hire.
Fellowship Experience at Carmel unified School District
The fellow will develop many beneficial skills and have experiences in many areas that can be used in many professional occupations. This position will include experiences in the following areas:
School/Community Waste Reduction Laws
School Food Services Laws
Community Outreach Skills that include working with the following groups
School Food Services
School/Community Sustainability Plans
Climate Corps AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is a national service commitment that meets a community’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Bay Area Community Resources and SEI partner to implement Climate Corps AmeriCorps, an award-winning fellowship program that provides professional development opportunities for emerging leaders through implementation of sustainability and resiliency projects with local governments, nonprofits, and educational institutions.
Upon completion of the term, CCAC Fellows receive a Segal Education Award of up to $6,495.00 in return for your service. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs. Fellows who complete a 1700-hour term also receive a California For All Award of $3,505.00 in cash for educational expenses.
To see a full list of climate, energy, and sustainability positions posted by Climate Corps, please visit here. We are constantly adding positions, so make sure to frequently check this site to see if there are new opportunities available.
AmeriCorps fellows must:
Be U.S. 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 vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing
Live in the state of California
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.