Climate Corps AmeriCorps: Project Coordinator at Shore Up Marin City
Position Title: Project Coordinator
Term of Service: Full-time, September 1, 2020 – July 15, 2021
Time requirements: 40 hours/week; 1,700 hours in 10.5 month span
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 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 Shore Up Marin City
Shore Up Marin City (SUMC), is a multi-racial environmental justice program advocating for equitable inclusion, planning and emergency preparation. Our areas of focus are climate change, sea level rise, water quality, resilience, habitat restoration, intergenerational leadership development, and advocacy.
Marin City has a proud heritage as a traditionally African-American ship-building community in World War II. Many of the residents are related to the original workers who made Marin City their home to serve their country. Marin City also has challenges. Residents earn a lower family income, experience higher health disparities, have lower life expectancies and perform lower in school than the County average.”
Shore Up Marin City consists of a Director, Terrie Green, and community members who live in Marin City primarily and have been working with Shore Up Marin over the last eight years. SUMC partners with agencies and individuals from the Bay Area who can provide assistance in building the community’s knowledge base as it relates to climate disruption as well as strategies for solving these issues. Dr. Sandy Wallenstein, a founding Co-Director of Shore Up Marin, supports efforts to build capacity in Marin City.
Over the last 7 years, SUMC residents have taken tours throughout the area to determine where flooding occurs, to examine the impact of sewage backups on residences, and to look into the state of the water that drains into the retention pond and out to the Bay. They have become Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trained and participated in climate discussions. During the last year, SUMC worked closely with UC Berkeley Environmental Design Associate Professor Kristina Hill and her graduate students to research solutions to flooding and related possible health concerns in Marin City.
Our current focus (2020-2021) involves working with Audubon CA to develop a plan to improve the functionality and resilience of wetland habitat including Marin City’s retention pond so that residents will gain much-needed opportunities to engage with nature in a park-like setting and the community will be protected from flooding.
The project consists of developing a community-supported conceptual design plan for the restoration of an urban wetland in Marin City to improve the functionality and resilience of native habitat that will support birds and other wildlife, serve as protection from flooding, and provide opportunities for local, underserved residents to engage with nature. It has been developed in partnership with Audubon.
The project will solicit robust public input that encourages creative visioning and community ownership over the site. An AmeriCorps member will be involved in all aspects of coordinating this project.
Scope of Service - AmeriCorps Member
Task 1 – Community outreach and engagement plan.
AmeriCorps member will help develop the plan and track its implementation. The plan may include activities such as: multiple methods of outreach to residents, newsletter, media, and email communication, coordinating meetings both within and outside of Marin City.
Task 2 – Meeting Coordination.
Working closely with SUMC staff, the AmeriCorps member will assist in the coordination of public workshops, steering committee and agency meetings. Includes: Helping to create program, confirm speakers, logistics, set up/take down of equipment. Follow up activities.
Task 3 - Communications.
AmeriCorps member will help SUMC document events and prepare various forms of communication (ie. Social media, newspaper, reports, flyers) to inform diverse audiences.
Task 4 - Outreach to Public, Private and Non-Profit Agencies
AmeriCorps member will support ongoing communication efforts to set up meetings, email agendas, take notes, and report out with stakeholders from both within Marin City, Marin County and beyond.
Task 5 – Youth Education and Training Support
AmeriCorps member will support both SUMC and Audubon team in providing training and help implementing student-selected projects related to the environmental issues addressed in this Scope.
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 10.5-month service term
● Be able and willing to work remotely if needed due to COVID-19 public health considerations.
● College degree and/or work experience in environmental policy, science, or planning with an emphasis on energy or climate preferred, but other relevant experience is considered (internships, volunteer experience etc.)
● A solid foundation of math and science coursework
● Experience working with African American communities
● Experience working on environmental justice issues
● Comprehension of climate change science as well as water and air pollution
● Community outreach and communications experience
● Excellent organizational, writing, interpersonal, and speaking skills
Benefits of service
● Lived experience understanding the systemic web of obstacles communities of color face when they address the inequitable reality of their circumstances.
● Experience learning how to surmount these obstacles through teamwork, communication both within and outside the community, developing expertise in the environmental issues impacting the community (flooding, sea level rise, health)
● Receive a living allowance stipend of $2,115 per month
● Upon the successful completion of your 1,700 hours and term of service, receive a Segal Education Award of $6,195.
● 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.