Term of Service: Full-time, September 1, 2020 – July 15, 2021
Time requirements: 40 hours/week; 1700 hours in 10.5 month span
Description of duties:
The urgency of the climate crisis is reflected in the ever-rising levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, levels that have never before been observed in recorded history. Humans are emitting more carbon than our atmosphere and oceans can handle, resulting in warmer worldwide average temperatures that are bringing the predicted impacts of a changed climate: more disastrous and unpredictable weather (severe storms, drought, and floods), a rise in sea level, more frequent and severe wildfires, and reduced air quality.
The good news is, there are steps we can all take to reduce our carbon emissions and slow down the rate of climate impacts, that will help create healthier air, water, and living conditions for future generations. Acterra helps to make it faster, easier, and cheaper for all of us to take individual and collective action on climate. We offer education to help accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy and make sure that everyone can benefit from the clean technology revolution
This role will support Acterra by staying abreast of the current and future electrification, or fossil free policies throughout Bay Area municipalities and counties. This research will support program design and inform where best to leverage the efforts of Acterra staff. Example of responsibilities include:
- Track the reach code status for all municipalities
- Identify aspects of the codes that are problematic
- i.e. not covering all building types
- substantial remodels not covered
- ADUs exempted
- Help coordinate efforts to address the problematic issues
- Start to look to the next phase
- Ordinances that would prohibit replacing Fossil Fuel devices with Fossil Free devices for extensive remodels
- Ordinances that would prohibit replacing FF devices with FF devices in general
- Look to preventing new large commercial buildings from hooking up to gas
-There’s a lot of building activity going on in the valley and this is an opportunity to move the needle
- Expand the scope of coalitions - get up to speed on the CCEs, as well as agencies like BAAQMD
- Be aware of state activities to some degree
- pending legislation
- decisions from the CEC and the CPUC
- funding sources at the state level
- Outreach and education
- Bachelor's degree preferred
- Be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent U.S. resident with the ability to work in the U.S.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, preferred experience with fundraising software (Acterra uses Bloomerang as a CRM, and Constant Contact as an email service), familiarity with Mac preferred
- Flexible schedule required for occasional evening/weekend events (at least one per month)
- Passionate about environment sustainability
- Self-starter with the enthusiasm to implement new strategies and meet ambitious goals
- Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and build relationships with people from a wide diversity of backgrounds and cultures
- Strong team player
- Valid CA. Driver’s License
- College degree and/or work experience in environmental policy, science, or planning with an emphasis on energy or climate are preferred, but other relevant experience is considered (internships, volunteer experience etc.)
- A solid foundation of math and science coursework
- Classroom experience in energy and environmental policy
- Community outreach and communications experience
- Comprehension of energy systems, climate change science, California environmental policies, water conservation, and/or waste reduction
- Excellent organizational, writing, interpersonal, and speaking skills
Benefits of service
- Receive a living allowance stipend of $2,115.00 per month
- Upon the successful completion of your 1,700 hours and term of service, receive a $500 end of program award and Skyline College Climate Change Protection Professional Certification
- Kaiser Silver health care coverage
- Receive ongoing training & support, including a 4-day orientation, monthly training, a 2-day retreat, and a personal development plan.
- Benefit from the robust, ever-growing Climate Corps network of partner organizations and alumni.
- Develop sustainability skills, implement impactful climate change resilience projects, and build partnerships in your community.
SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse communities we serve, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, older adults, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.
Location: Palo Alto, CA