Position Title: Healthy Stores Refrigeration Program (HSRP) and Education 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
Location: Los Angeles, in-person
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 The Energy Coalition
The Energy Coalition (or TEC, pronounced “tech”) is a nonprofit organization with over 45 years of experience designing and implementing strategies that transform energy use and inspire people to take responsible energy actions. TEC works closely with K-12 school districts, local governments, special districts, and other public entities to develop energy efficiency strategies and projects that support statewide energy goals. TEC has employed AmeriCorps fellows to support resource saving programs, supporting educators in program implementation, and building capacity in reaching underserved populations.
Description of duties:
The Healthy Stores Refrigeration Program (HSRP) is a current County initiative to support corner stores and small businesses within food deserts across the Los Angeles region that continue to face challenges in response to COVID-19 by providing more healthy food options and funding new energy-efficient refrigerators. Through this initiative, store owners save on energy usage and utility bills while providing fresh and healthy food options for the communities they serve. HSRP is administered by the County of Los Angeles and is funded by a grant awarded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). To date, 16 stores have participated in the Program, and by 2022 HSRP refrigerators will be placed in 80 stores throughout the Los Angeles region.
The Fellow will support the HSRP program by addressing the current challenges within food deserts, reduce GHG emissions while promoting healthy food options in low-income communities, and provide education, outreach, and support to small businesses regarding energy efficiency upgrades and the benefits of offering healthy food options.
In addition the Fellow will,
- Support expanding education and outreach services to include energy and water behavior interventions for eligible store owners and their customers enrolled in the HSRP program.
- Support in data collection via survey, website interactions, verbal communication, materials provided, interviews and testimonials.
- Support data evaluation and report progress towards intended outcomes of HSRP program.
- Obtain feedback and measure understanding of subject matter, behavior modifications and willingness to participate in future activities and/or related programs through participant surveys.
- Track and report sustainability benefits achieved through the project. These benefits include (but are not limited to) the following:
- GHG reductions through the proper disposal of HFC refrigerants;
- Energy savings from replacing an old refrigerator with a new unit;
- Calculation of emissions reduced by replacing packaged food with local, fresh food;
- Health benefits to the community including reduction in GHG and particulate matter;
- Economic benefits to the community of buying local food, and;
- Potential savings connected to efficiency collateral including showertimers, LED light bulbs, etc.
The Fellow will support statewide education, training, and workforce development initiatives at TEC, with a particular focus on building partnerships with disadvantaged communities and populations throughout California.
- 1 Million Energy Actions
- Engage educators and enroll into the campaign
- Weekly check-ins
- Events (frequency varies)
- Plan, prepare, and present events
- Coordinate scheduling
- Weekend and evening events are required and based on educator and partner requests
- Equity reports (as assigned ~20 hours/report)
- Compile demographic data on communities of interest
- Identify key contacts, existing organizations and resources
- Gap analysis
- Collect, quality check, process, and analyze data
- Program data reporting
- Collect, compile, and analyze survey responses
- My Future Energy Career tasks
- Research, outreach, and engage to potential STEM Heroes
- Schedule time to interview
- Act as a ‘director’ during interview filming (if STEM Hero is not filming themselves)
- Edit videos using Adobe Premiere Pro and one of the pre-created editing templates
- Submit video for review and additional edits
- Once approved post video to YouTube channel
- Follow up with STEM Hero
- Recruit, train, and manage Field Educators
The Fellow will work and travel within the City of Los Angeles, must speak Spanish. The Fellow will have opportunities to travel to and work in TEC’s statewide offices (reimbursable), including Irvine, San Diego, and Oakland and attend various TEC training and team-building functions that may require travel throughout the cycle.
TEC will follow all regulations and recommendations suggested by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to maintain a safe work environment. Fellows will be working remotely, transition to in-person, and asked to follow these regulations and recommendations, as well as those suggested by the California Department of Education for safe re-opening.
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. If in person, must show proof of vaccination or submit to weekly testing
- Fluent Spanish speaker
- Willing to work and travel extensively within the City of Los Angeles
- Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, engineering, or relevant field;
- Experience or interest in working with public agencies;
- Experience conducting presentations (in-person or by webinar) to diverse audiences
- Comfortable working with external industry partners via phone, email and in-person;
- Ability to quickly learn and understand fundamentals of building systems, building energy performance, energy efficiency concepts, energy project financing terminology, best practices, and assessment/measurement;
- Comfortable working with (and learning) databases and data entry, as well as analysis;
- Experience with data analysis (i.e. utility bills), compute energy efficiency calculations using standard templates and methods;
- Possess strong analytical skills demonstrated by the ability to capture and analyze data in a spreadsheet format; Strong MS Excel skills;
- Experience with technology platforms including but not limited to: Google Suites, Slack, Salesforce, GIS, Python, Microsoft Suites is preferred;
- Excellent organizational and time management skills;
- Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks;
- Ability to complete assignments in a thorough, accurate and timely manner;
- Attention to detail and follow-through in tasks that meet contract deliverables;
- Proficient in English (verbal and written)
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.
BACR employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit weekly COVID-19 test results. BACR covers the cost of the test and associated travel expenses.