Position Title: Sustainability & Climate Action Fellow
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 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 City of Hayward
Hayward is a progressive community with ambitious goals related to environmental sustainability. Spanning from our pristine western shoreline to the attractive foothills to our east, Hayward is the picture of cultural, geographic and economic diversity. Hayward is the sixth largest city in the Bay Area with a population of approximately 160,000. The Public Works and Utilities Department (https://www.hayward-ca.gov/your-government/departments/public-works-utilities) includes five Divisions: Engineering, Environmental Services, Airport, Transportation, and Utilities. In 2020, Hayward was recognized (https://www.hayward-ca.gov/discover/news/jan21/hayward-hailed-leadership-environmental-action) by CDP as an A-List city for its leadership in sustainability. For more information, please visit www.hayward-ca.gov/your-government/departments/environmental-services.
Description of duties:
The City of Hayward is seeking a passionate and driven Fellow to assist with an update of the City’s Climate Action Plan and General Plan. The General Plan update will also include revisions to the Housing and Safety Elements as well as the preparation of a new Environmental Justice Element. The Fellow will assist with community outreach, data analysis, report preparation, and participation on an interdepartmental team of City staff. In addition to the CAP update, the Fellow will assist with general sustainability work within the Environmental Services Division.
Specific tasks may include:
- Design and write content for flyers, social media, and outreach materials
- Assist the City’s internal Green Team with making City facilities and operations more sustainable
- Maintain web pages for the City’s environmental programs
- Write articles for the City’s environmental e-newsletter (https://www.hayward-ca.gov/your-environment/the-leaflet)
- Help maintain the City’s online dashboard of sustainability-related metrics
- Attend community outreach events (some during evenings and weekends)
- Conduct outreach related to climate action, recycling, energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.
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.
- Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree with coursework in sustainability, environmental science, public administration, communications, business administration, biology or a related field.
- Ability to:
- Independently perform a variety of technical duties including research, data compilation and report preparation.
- Write in a clear and professional manner.
- Operate a personal computer utilizing spreadsheet and word processing programs.
- Collect, compile, analyze and present a variety of data in a meaningful way.
- Think critically and offer solutions when appropriate.
- Speak Spanish (helpful, but not required)
Benefits of Service
- 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.
- 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.
- Learn about citywide operations and programs.
- Gain experience making presentations to peers and decision makers.
- Participate in regional and county-level working groups that focus on climate action and waste reduction.
- Connect with a wide network of environmental professionals throughout the Bay Area.
- Work in a supportive, team-oriented environment.
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.