Location: Oakland, CA
Work Environment: Hybrid
Term (approximate): September 2022 - June 2023
Additional Pay: $500 bonus upon program completion
Benefits: Health care coverage, assistance with student loan deferments, professional development, industry networking, end-of-program certificate of completion.
Are you concerned about how climate change will affect frontline communities? Join the Alameda County Office of Sustainability team to support local community resilience. As a Climate Resilience Associate, you will use your research and communications skills to engage strategic partners from the County’s 20 agencies in preparing our crucial social safety net programs for the impacts of climate change.
1) You will contribute to implementation of the county’s next Climate Action Plan for Government Services and Operations including convening internal partners to support the resilience and health of the Alameda County community through engagement of community-based organizations, development of protective actions trainings for smoke and heat, and more. Climate plan actions have been evaluated and will be prioritized using an equity lens.
2) You will gather information to support the adaptation of County services to a changing climate. Your research will help determine which resilience efforts are best suited to Alameda County and how we can effectively approach this new challenge. You will look at climate change’s health impacts (such as heat waves) on Alameda County residents, particularly those frontline communities most affected. You will coordinate with internal and external partners to identify potential strategies, share best practices, and support implementation.
3) You will develop communications and outreach materials to promote climate action in the workplace and convey ways to prepare and respond to the effects of climate change. You will create written web content, infographics, case studies, videos, or trainings to engage employees, county decision-makers, members of the public, and other jurisdictions and organizations, on topics ranging from climate resilience to green purchasing. You will practice applying proven approaches for environmental behavior change, such as social marketing, to develop effective messages.
4) You may contribute to educating agency staff on opportunities to reduce the environmental footprint or climate vulnerabilities of County business operations. This includes supporting the County’s award-winning sustainable purchasing efforts by assisting with research/analysis and education on green purchasing decisions. Research projects may include differentiating green from “greenwashed” (misleadingly marketed) products or services.
All fellows at Alameda County are able to work with other fellows placed at Alameda County and participate in our award-winning series of fellow trainings and workshops.
The position will provide significant opportunities to develop professionally, including:
• Managing projects, including setting goals, identifying stakeholders and audiences, developing work products on time, and evaluating achievement of goals;
• Developing compelling written communications for email, web, and print;
• Conducting qualitative research using primary and secondary source material and sharing your findings;
• Synthesizing technical information into a format for a general audience;
• Customizing communications messages and delivery to best engage and influence your audience;
• Building relationships with internal partners in the County’s 20 agencies;
• Gaining access to state and national sustainability networks;
• Applying behavior change best practices to encourage climate-friendly choices; and
• Working independently towards goals and outcomes that are developed as a team.
We are operating as a primarily remote team. If you prefer to work in the office, a desk will be available. If there are in-person meetings/events/visits, you will be notified in advance.
This position offers up to $500 of training and travel reimbursement. (Site supervisor & SEI approval required for reimbursement.)
SEI requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
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: Oakland, CA