Position Title: Outdoor Learning Fellow - AmeriCorps
Term of Service: Full-time, December 16, 2021 – August 15, 2022
Time requirements: 40 hours/week; 1,200 hours in an 8 month term
Location: Redwood City (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 1,200 hours of service in exchange for leadership, 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 Redwood High School Campus and Institutional Commitment to Environmental Education
Redwood High School is a small alternative school that serves high school juniors and seniors who would prefer a smaller learning environment and may need help recovering credits. We serve up to 350 students a year, with 210 being on campus at any time. Student demographics include high poverty and high numbers of students of color, which is in high contrast to the district and area demographics. All students are here by choice, and all are focused on graduating and moving onto college or the trades.
In 2018, Redwood High School completed significant school renovations resulting in an inviting and welcoming campus that incorporates many aspects of sustainable design. Some of these features include on-site solar energy generation, bioswales, electric vehicle charging stations, refillable water bottle filling stations, an industrial arts space, a multimedia design space, and a culinary arts kitchen. These features, paired with the revitalization of the outdoor learning area, are supporting Redwood High School to become a model environmental school.
We are currently revitalizing our ¾ acre outdoor learning space in order to expand opportunities to have student-centered, hands-on learning opportunities. The expansion includes the creation of a “food forest” to support our students and families facing food insecurity. It also includes a space for chickens, composting, quiet space, and greenhouse.
Description of duties:
Outdoor Learning Vision
To provide Redwood High School students and community with a multi-use outdoor space that provides robust instructional opportunities, supports a positive school culture, is a model for schools focused on a brighter climate future, and provides resources for families in our community facing food insecurity.
Outdoor Learning Goals
- Develop and maintain the on-site Educational Outdoor Learning Spaces
- Promote the Outdoor Learning Spaces for science topics (for example soil science, composting, and biology)
- Provide all students and staff spaces for social emotional learning and healing centered practices
- Provide all students and staff with outdoor community building activities and experiences
- Create and maintain a community garden and food forest that supports students’ families and communities facing food insecurity
- Redwood High School becomes a model environmental school
We are looking for a fellow that has experience, desire, or connections to help establish a sustainable environmental school and community program including:
- Providing support for the RHS school garden program
- Assisting with the plant propagation in our small greenhouse
- Assisting with chicken area management
- Assisting with school food waste and compost systems
- Collaborating with school and community to support garden space
- Helping to involve our community to produce a space of healing and support.
- The majority of work will take place in person with some communications and administrative tasks taking place from home
- Join regular morning check-ins with RHS Green Team
- Responsible for general maintenance of space, meeting contractors working on space, confirming purchases with grant funds, organizing presentations, and meeting with staff.
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
- Be able and willing to commit to the 8-month service term
- Be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing
- Someone who is flexible, organized, and can take initiative.
- Conservation background or desire to research and learn on the job
- Ability to travel to RHS daily. School van or monthly bus pass may be available if needed
Fellowship Experience at Redwood High School
- Help build upon the school’s legacy of sustainability and environmental leadership programming
- Join a “learning organization” that values growth and reciprocity amongst its friendly and well-connected team
- Gain leadership experience as a valuable member of the team whose ideas and input are sought out and trusted
- Join an organization that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Engage in coaching, training, and staff development opportunities around equity and trauma-informed practices.
- Have a dedicated workspace at RHS
Benefits of service
- Receive a living allowance stipend of $2,255 per month (paid biweekly)
- Receive free MEC healthcare, child care support, and qualifying federal student loan deferment throughout your term of service.
- Upon the successful completion of your 1,200 hours and term of service, receive a Segal Education Award of $4,441.50.
- Receive ongoing training & support, including an orientation, monthly trainings, a 2-day retreat, and personal and 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.