Position Title: Green Business 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 Francisco Department of the Environment
The mission of SF Environment is to provide solutions that advance climate protection and enhance quality of life for all San Franciscans. SF Environment works on policy and programming in areas such as Zero Waste, Toxics Reduction, Environmental Justice, Transportation, Climate Change, Energy, Green Building, and Urban Forest. SF Environment (SFE) prioritizes the following values: credibility, innovation, collaboration, equity and impact. We pride ourselves in being a trusted source of environmental information. Working with a range of partners is essential to our success, as all our initiatives are underpinned by a commitment to equity, inclusiveness and accessibility. For more information, please visit www.sfenvironment.org.
Description of duties:
This multifaceted role involves working closely with small-to-medium sized businesses to help them become Green Businesses.
- Recruit new businesses into the Green Business program through direct and indirect marketing techniques including but not limited to cold calls, unannounced visits, planned visits, presentations to merchants’ associations, networking events, and other forums
- Assist enrolled businesses in achieving Green Business recognition by performing in-depth phone consultations, on-site or virtual Green Business evaluations, conducting trainings, documenting environmental best management practices, and following up with prospective Green Businesses
- Maintain relationships with existing and prospective Green Businesses and encourage in-process businesses to complete their certification process
- Help develop content for the Green Business newsletter and social media channels
- Use a database to report on status of businesses certified and environmental savings accrued
- Assist in the planning and execution of Green Business recognition and networking events
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.
- Excellent organizational and project management skills
- Customer service, sales, marketing and/or outreach experience with ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in written format
- Responsible, motivated, and able to work independently and in a team
- Interest in learning more about equity, inclusion and diversity concepts and applying them in the environmental field
- Familiarity with San Francisco’s neighborhoods
- Fluency in a second language commonly spoken in San Francisco
Benefits of service
- Extensive professional and personal development training and coaching
- Opportunities to observe and participate in the development of environmental policy and programs
- Professional networking
- Safe and inclusive atmosphere to practice and refine professional skills such as project management, making and delivering presentations, data management and analysis, and other transferable skills
- 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.