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Environmental Literacy Fellow - AmeriCorps

8/8/2019 5:15:54 PM San Mateo County Office of Education
Job Fellowship San Mateo County Office of Education Monthly Stipend $2115 End of Program Award $10000


The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) is interested in hosting a Climate Corps Environmental Sustainability Fellow from fall 2019 through Summer 2020 to support the expanding Environmental Literacy Initiative. This initiative supports districts and schools across San Mateo County through projects, programs, and events, which build capacity for achieving whole-school sustainability transformation (campus, curriculum, community, and culture). This 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 Stakeholder Programs (i.e. Community Partners Network, Community of Practice, Teacher Fellowships, Environmental Youth Leadership Network, etc,)
Support coordination of ongoing convenings (i.e. task forces, seminars, professional development cohorts, summits, etc.)
Support green facilities efforts at SMCOE and Districts and School Sites
Support design and updates for Environmental Literacy Webpage
Assist with outreach and promotions campaigns for projects, programs, and events
Curriculum design and teaching
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

Other Requirements
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
Enjoys and is effective at conducting research and synthesizing data
Is comfortable using Excel to perform basic-to-medium level calculations and analysis

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.