San Mateo County Office of Education
Climate Corps AmeriCorps Fellowship
Environmental Literacy Fellow
Position Title: Environmental Literacy Fellow
Term of Service: Full-time, September 1, 2020 – July 15, 2021
Time requirements: 40 hours/week; 1,700 hours in 10.5 month span
AMERICORPS AND CLIMATE CORPS OVERVIEW
AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 men and women in committed service each year at more than 21,000 locations including nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members are preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs, reducing crime and reviving cities, connecting returning veterans to jobs, fighting the opioid epidemic, supporting seniors to live independently and with dignity, making college more accessible and affordable, and helping Americans rebuild their lives following a disaster, all while adding unique value to nonprofit sectors. Through their service, AmeriCorps members gain valuable skills, and quantifiable professional and educational benefits, and the experience has a lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve.
Climate Corps AmeriCorps (CCAC) is a 10.5-month fellowship program that pairs emerging climate protection leaders with organizations that seek to complete environmental projects and initiatives. Fellows serve their host organization in a nearly full-time capacity on activities such as: research and planning, marketing and outreach, data and technical support, program and campaign launch and implementation. Climate Corps AmeriCorps is sponsored by Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) and Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI), who are responsible for the initial recruitment, monthly professional development of fellows, and stipend and benefits.
ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY & SUSTAINABILITY FELLOWSHIP OVERVIEW
The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) is interested in hosting a Climate Corps AmeriCorps (CCAC) Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Fellow from Fall 2020 through Summer 2021 to support the expanding 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.
This fellowship is a great opportunity for a dynamic individual that is passionate about environmental sustainability and social justice, and is looking to apply (and learn) a wide variety of skills (i.e. project management, data and landscape analysis, event coordination, video editing, website development, stakeholder engagement, etc.) to an assortment of diverse projects and tasks.
Conduct landscape analysis of sustainability efforts and programs at the school site/ district, municipal, and county level, and synthesize research for multiple stakeholders (i.e. Green Schoolyards, Zero Waste, Clean Energy, etc.)
Support Capacity Building and Network Programs including support for coordination and facilitation of task forces, professional development cohorts, workshops, summits, etc.
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
Support ongoing efforts with 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
Education and Experience
4-year college degree
Experience working with children and/or adolescents in an educational setting
Ability to work full time Mon-Fri (likely 8-4 with some early mornings, evenings, and weekends) for the fellowship term
Must have reliable vehicle and proof of insurance for regular work-related travel throughout San Mateo County
Successful completion of TB test, health screen, and Live Scan/fingerprinting (upon hire)
U.S. citizen or lawful permanent residence
Desired Skills, Interests, and Experiences
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
SAN MATEO COUNTY OFFICE of EDUCATION (SMCOE) OVERVIEW
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. We know that positive student outcomes are a direct result of effective and positive support systems. At SMCOE, we provide many of these systems of support through a variety of instructional, business, and consulting services. The three main functions of SMCOE are:
Support and Regulatory: SMCOE provides support and monitoring to school districts in a number of areas including: local control accountability plan (LCAP), business management, financial auditing, data processing, payroll accounting, human resources, legal services, school district boundaries, state financial standards, and teacher credential registration.
Educational Leadership and Coordination: SMCOE delivers resources and staff training to thousands of educators each year. We coordinate services and provide staff development in all areas of curriculum and instruction including implementation of Common Core State Standards and the new Smarter Balanced assessment system, STEM education, early childhood education, Transitional Kindergarten, English Learner services, library media services, Environmental Literacy, and educational data services, among others.
Direct Student Instruction: SMCOE delivers direct instruction for a variety of at-risk student populations including students with severe disabilities and youth who are wards of the Juvenile Court or with needs for an alternative educational program. Additionally most San Mateo County elementary students participate in SMCOE's Outdoor Education program at Jones Gulch.
BENEFITS OF SERVICE
Receive a living allowance stipend of $2,115 per month
Upon the successful completion of your 1,700 hours and term of service, receive a Segal Education Award of $6,195.
Receive ongoing training & support, including a 4-day orientation, monthly trainings, a 2-day retreat, and a personal development plan.
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.