Location: San Mateo County Office of Education, Redwood City, CA
Work Environment: Hybrid (80% On Site, 20% Remote) / Site Visits
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 San Mateo County Office of Education
The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) supports local school districts in San Mateo County by providing services that can be done more efficiently and economically at the county level. 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 provide many systems of support through a variety of instructional, business, and consulting services. The three main functions of SMCOE are: 1) Support and Regulatory, 2) Educational Leadership and Coordination, and 3) Direct Student Instruction.
Position Overview & Description
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.
This fellowship will support the Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative’s (ELSI) Green Facilities Technical Assistance Service Offerings. 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.
- Update landscape analysis of campus sustainability efforts (i.e. Green Schoolyards, Zero Waste, Clean Energy, etc.) at the school site/ district, municipal, and county level, and synthesize research for multiple stakeholders
- Lead project initiative to develop campus facilities dashboards, in multiple school districts, and use dashboard for learning efforts in K-12 curriculum
- Support customized technical assistance services for environmental literacy and green facilities efforts at SMCOE and at school districts and sites - this includes efforts such as Green Ribbon Schools, Sustainable and Climate Resilient Schools Partnership Hub efforts, and other initiatives
- Support design and updates for ELSI Webpage
- Support annual recognition and awards program
- Support in managing high school and college interns
- Support Capacity Building and Network Programs as needed
- Be in the office four days a week, with possibilities of working remote one day a week.
- Have reliable transportation to and from the office and school sites
- 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
Fellowship Experience at SMCOE
This fellowship provides a unique experience to work on a small start-up team within a large formal education institution. The San Mateo County Office of Education is the first county in the state (out of 58 counties) to launch an Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative; therefore, the internship provides the opportunity to be on the leading edge of transformation and change management within the formal education system. Fellows will gain a significant amount of diverse skills through an assortment of hands-on projects, and also have the opportunity to build a robust professional network locally and at the state-wide level. Additionally, fellows will have a blend of autonomy and self-guided tasks mixed with dynamic team collaborations.
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. 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
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.