Position Title: Climate Corps AmeriCorps -- Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative 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 San Mateo County Office of Education
San Mateo County is unique in its diversity of people, cities and geography. The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) serves 175 schools in 23 districts, which range from urban environments to schools in rural nature preserves. On the whole, San Mateo County serves 95,502 students of whom 33% are socioeconomically disadvantaged and 41% qualify for free and reduced lunch. The dedicated and professional staff at SMCOE works collaboratively with districts, schools, and a diverse array of community partners to eliminate barriers to learning, including those associated with poverty. At SMCOE, we provide many systems of support through a variety of instructional, business, and consulting services. The three main functions of SMCOE are:
- Support and Regulatory
- Educational Leadership and Coordination
- Direct Student Instruction
One of the Educational Leadership initiatives that SMCOE oversees is the Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative (ELSI). This initiative provides "backbone support" to San Mateo County schools in prioritizing environmental literacy and integrating environmental sustainability and climate-resilient practices across a school's campus, curriculum, community, and culture.
Description of duties:
This fellowship will support the Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative (ELSI). Through a robust offering of programs and services, this initiative promotes environmental literacy and helps prepare leaders to integrate environmental sustainability and a climate ready mindset, across a school community's campus, curriculum, community and culture. Essential Duties for this position include:
- Support Capacity Building and Network Programs including support for coordination and facilitation of task forces, professional development cohorts, workshops, summits, etc.
- Lead youth engagement efforts through youth network and Youth Climate Ambassadors program
- Support customized technical assistance services for environmental literacy and green facilities efforts at SMCOE and at school districts and sites
- Support design and updates for ELSI Webpage
- Lead writing and distribution of monthly newsletter
- Support annual recognition and awards program
- Assist with outreach and promotions campaigns for projects, programs, and events
- Assist with curriculum design and teaching
- Support in managing high school and college interns
- Support administrative tasks such as calendar and schedule updates, and preparing program materials
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.
- Passionate about sustainability related topics and issues
- Interested in personal and professional development
- History of self-management, and has the willingness and ability to take initiative, but can also follow directions, and work effectively on a team
- Learns quickly and is not afraid to ask questions
- Demonstrated ability to work respectfully and effectively with others from highly differing racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds
- Understands and can implement coordination steps for events, programs, and projects, and has a track record of following through
- Has strong communication skills both verbally (presentations, facilitation, and collaboration), and for formal and creative writing tasks such as reports, correspondence, and marketing and promotional materials
- Can navigate social media platforms for professional application
- Has some experience updating web sites
- Familiar and comfortable with Google Drive applications
- Enjoys and is effective at conducting research and synthesizing data, and is comfortable using Excel/Google Sheets to perform basic-to-medium level calculations and analysis
- Be willing and able to commute to the office for in-person work, five days per week
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.
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.