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Sustainability Education Associate

Last updated: 11/28/2021 7:00 PM The School of Environmental Leadership
Job Fellowship The School of Environmental Leadership Monthly Stipend $2255 End of Program Award $500


The Marin School of Environmental Leadership (MarinSEL) is seeking a dedicated individual to provide 10 months of service as a full-time paid fellow focused on the multi-faceted implementation of SEI’s innovative School of Environmental Leadership program. The fellowship will be based out of SEI’s San Rafael, Marin County Office, and out of the nearby Terra Linda High School. MarinSEL is a comprehensive four year “school within a school” program centering equity-forward and community-based environmental action in rigorous, interdisciplinary project based learning. To address real world environmental and social issues, rigorous academics are united with field-based opportunities to build sustainability leadership in all walks of life. For more information visit

The MarinSEL Fellow will work on planning and implementing cutting edge sustainability education programs, with exposure to key components of program design, promotion/ fundraising, implementation, reporting and evaluation:
Marin School of Environmental Leadership – Approximately 90% of the fellow’s focus will support MarinSEL. The fellow will support the Executive Director, Program Manager, and MarinSEL Lead Teacher in overall management of this program, working with teachers, students, and volunteers to ensure success. In addition to other specific areas, the fellow will be working on recruitment and admissions, teacher training, an annual Leadership Retreat, in-classroom project support, and fundraising and grant writing for MarinSEL.
The fellow will also lead the management of community partner volunteers that work directly with the MarinSEL student project teams by facilitating the scheduling of meetings and maintaining communication between all parties. This role requires continuous, active communication and outreach with students, parents, teachers and partners to ensure the ongoing success of the MarinSEL program. The fellow will have an extraordinary opportunity to work in their own capacity as a community partner, leading a sustainability project with students that they help design, under the guidance of program leadership.
Climate/Energy Program Support – Depending on interest, experience, and time allowed, a portion of the fellow’s time may be spent in direct support of one of our many programs in the areas of eco-education and curriculum development, green housing, and sustainable communities.
Proposal Support – A portion of the fellow’s focus will entail working with SEI Directors and Managers to write grant applications to fund our work.
Special Project Support – Under the direction of SEI’s Executive Director, the fellow will devote the balance of hours to help plan for and implement new and innovative programs that expand our team’s collective body of work and measurable impact, including expansion of the SEL program.

The qualified candidate is skilled working across the Microsoft suite of office automation software (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, etc). Qualified candidates will also evidence excellent quantitative, written and verbal communication skills, in addition to the following:
- Experience working in environmental education (or similar) setting - high school preferrable;
- Strong written and verbal communications skills include case study development, leading small group trainings and/or presentations, and ability to adapt tone to a broad range of stakeholders;
- Highly organized;
- Strong critical thinking skills;
- Thrives working in a fast-paced environment;
- Flexible
- High attention to detail;
- Ability to be an effective and enthusiastic team worker
- Bachelor’s degree (advanced coursework a plus) in a quantitative discipline, environmental studies, or related field or equivalent work experience;
- Ability to work full-time out of our San Rafael office and Terra Linda High School, and willingness to engage in occasional overnight travel in the California region.
- Prior energy and/or climate change work or academic experience
- Marketing/community outreach experience
- Event planning experience
- Commitment to working in anti-oppression and equity-promoting frameworks
- Ability to advance projects independently
- Ability in creative problem solving
- Prior volunteer management experience

The ideal candidate will also have:
- Experience in community organizing
- Academic or professional experience in climate equity
- Experience developing culturally relevant curriculum a plus
- Website management experience a plus

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS This position requires applicants to perform the following tasks: Read/comprehend, write, perform calculations, communicate orally, reason and analyze, use fine finger movements, use a computer and mouse, sit, stand, walk, drive a motorized vehicle, carry and/or lift up to 40 pounds, reach above shoulder level, bend, squat, crouch, kneel, push/pull, grasp.

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.