Position Title: Sustainability Associate, Waste Reduction and Sorting Program
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 Oakland Unified School District, Green Gloves Program
Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is building a Full Service Community District focused on high academic achievement while serving the whole child, eliminating inequity, and providing each child with excellent teachers, every day.
All OUSD students will find joy in their academic experience while graduating with the skills to ensure they are caring, competent, fully-informed, critical thinkers who are prepared for college, career, and community success.
OUSD has 83 K-12 schools, 20 District run Child Development Centers and a number of district office sites.
OUSD has a shared program that is led by the Department of Custodial and Nutrition Services, The OUSD Green Gloves Program that is reducing the environmental footprint of our schools by decreasing and sorting our waste through the efforts of Nutrition and Custodial Services staff. Our Green Gloves schools improve student learning, safeguard children's health, save money, and empower kids. We strive for our children, their schools, and our community to be healthy and uphold sustainable practices. For more information, visit www.ousd.org/greengloves.
Description of duties:
This role will support the Sustainability Manager for Custodial and Nutrition Services on the Green Gloves Program for waste reduction and sorting, including a range of projects and initiatives through the following responsibilities by assisting and supporting:
- Additions to and creation of new training and education materials for students and staff to improve the waste program elements.
- Setting up and adding bins and updated signage where needed, and other related activities.
- Visiting schools to evaluate and check on the waste reduction and sorting program success at school sites.
- Expanding on the OUSD Food Donation Program that will have a focus on our Food For Families Program at individual schools.
- Developing the infrastructure and maintenance for on-site composting at The Center, the district’s central cooking kitchen and educational farm, which includes creating customized signage, procedures, and training materials.
- Creating and implementing a new waste sorting initiative to divert the no longer wanted items from schools and offices from the landfill by finding them new homes or uses.
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.
- Access to a vehicle (for site visits) a plus
- Understanding through related coursework and experience of climate change science and issues
- Basic knowledge and passion of waste issues in terms of reduction, sorting, and diversion (recycle, compost and landfill)
- Able to adjust accordingly to working with different age groups and audiences
- Experience with community outreach
- Commitment to equity and environmental justice
- Ability to be flexible and patient to change
- Collaborative and independently worker
- Reliable, punctual and results-oriented
- Excellent communication skills and an ability to communicate for understanding verbally and in writing
Benefits of service
- Receive mentorship and coaching throughout the various aspects of the waste reduction and sorting program development, such as connecting with sustainability professionals and relevant training in the field.
- Work and collaborate with an incredibly engaged and collaborative district team and school site staff that makes the work all that more rewarding and enjoyable.
- Ability to have time for additional professional development that will include behind the scenes on some of our program details to better understand the more extensive understanding and climate change issues such as plastic pollution and food service ware challenges.
- Be introduced and connected with passionate and dedicated zero waste specialists from various focused jobs in the bay area, the State, and nationally.
- 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.