Position Title: Program Associate
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 across California to provide full-time service opportunities in the Bay Area and the Greater LA and San Diego Area supporting communities’ critical needs in 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 our 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.
About Earth Team
Earth Team is a non-profit environmental education service provider. The organization was formed in 1994 by a coalition of educational, environmental, and governmental representatives who saw a need to provide curriculum connected environmental programs for high schools. The past 25 years have seen Earth Team grow from an all-volunteer run organization to a reliable and influential force in the environmental education community throughout the East Bay, CA.
Earth Team programs focus on youth development, environmental issues (waste reduction, climate change, transportation systems and air quality, watershed restoration) and emphasize hands-on experiences that drive change and innovation. The organization is committed to maintaining relationships with community partners and working hard to serve schools with limited resources and students who are often underrepresented in the outdoors and STEM / Environmental careers. Earth Team programs and outdoor excursions inspire students to develop a relationship with the outdoors, and encourage student leadership, peer-to-peer education, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and the use of information technology. Earth Team provides the opportunity for young, eager individuals to make impactful changes while growing and learning immensely. For more information, please visit www.earthteam.net.
Description of duties:
Earth Team is looking to hire two PROGRAM ASSOCIATE(s) to serve following programs: climate/ transportation/ air quality and watershed restoration. The position is primarily a field planning and field work position. The ideal candidate will have a passion for creating and delivering environmental curriculum in the classroom and action-oriented service-learning projects in the field working in an after-school setting for one year with two different teams of 12-14 high school students from a diversity of schools and backgrounds. This will be a hybrid position with a mix of remote and in-person service. It is expected that the Fellow has access to a phone and computer that they can utilize when serving remotely, but we will provide equipment if needed and if possible. When serving in-person, all COVID-19 public health guidelines will be observed.
- Act as a mentor and a coach for two teams of 14 interns, creating and delivering culturally relevant environmental education curriculum and action-oriented service learning projects related to Earth Team’s work areas: climate/transportation, air quality/ human health and water quality/watershed restoration
- Facilitate weekly after school meetings and monthly weekend events with intern teams relevant to project focus
- Develop partnerships and work closely with lead teachers, project partners, expert professionals, and community members to further project goals
- Help develop and implement community engagement events to educate school campuses and the general public on climate change and environmental efforts
- Support the facilitation of Earth Team’s outdoor trips, including outings like kayaking, hiking, and camping
- Track, record, log, maintain, and report on all project and program metrics
- Participate in necessary trainings/meetings related to project implementation
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 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.
- Mandatory personal vehicle with registration and insurance for transportation to and from campuses and field events. Fellow will be required to drive program participants from partner high schools as well.
- College degree and/or work experience in Environmental Science, STEM-Related, Youth Development, Education or alternative with an emphasis on energy or climate are preferred, but other relevant experience is considered (internships, volunteer experience etc.)
- Be a genuine Earth Team ambassador, who exemplifies the Earth Team culture in all professional communications and interactions with schools and partners
- Passion for community engagement, cultural relevancy, and youth-lead learning
- Experience working with youth, high-school age preferred
- Experience delivering hands-on, engaging and active education
- Must have reliable vehicle and proof of insurance for regular work-related travel throughout the greater East Bay
- 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
All of these skills and attributes are desirable, but not having any one of them is not likely to disqualify you from the position.
- Interpersonal Skills
- Demonstrated ability and desire to serve respectfully and effectively with individuals from highly differing racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Have a comfortable and enthusiastic demeanor with staff, students and public
- Be personable and natural networker
- Expresses a desire to learn and willingly accepts constructive feedback
- Leadership Skills
- Innovative, self-motivated, and comfortable completing tasks independently
- Team player who enjoys collaboration and following instruction while taking pride in own projects
- Takes ownership and responsibility for actions, behaviors and contributions
- Technical Skills
- Proficient in Google Suite (Google Drive, Gmail, Calendar, etc.)
- Proficient in Microsoft Suite (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)
- Experience with social media and public-facing materials (Facebook, Canva, Wordpress)
- Salesforce experience strongly preferred
- Comfortable and eager to learn new technology
- CPR/First Aid preferred
- Bilingual in Spanish is strongly preferred
Benefits of service
- Earth Team will support the Fellow’s personal and professional growth by providing close mentorship with supervisor and partnership with other Program Associates. Currently, two full time Earth Team staff completed the Climate Corps Americorps fellowship and thus have unique insight and support to provide. Earth Team makes it a point to connect staff and Fellows with relevant and diverse professional development opportunities, including close collaboration with partners, Mental Health First Aid training, specific subject-based education and more.
- Earth Team prides itself on its collaborative and fun workplace and the Fellow will be a fundamental part of our organizational community!
- 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
BACR 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.