Location: Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA
Work Environment: Hybrid (Remote, Office, and Site Visits)
Term (approximate): September 2022 – July 2023; 1700 hours; 40 hours/week
Living Allowance Stipend: $2,636/month
Education Award: $10,000 upon program completion
Benefits: Healthcare coverage (w/dental & vision), Education Award, student loan deferment, child care allowance, CalFresh, professional development budget ($100), industry networking.
About Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Custodial and Nutrition Services
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.
Position Overview & Description
To support and assistour District’s environmental sustainability work with a focus on waste prevention. This role will work in collaboration with the Sustainability Manager for Custodial and Nutrition Services on the Green Gloves Program for waste reduction and sorting. This work will span a range of projects and initiatives that will include the responsibilities outlined below.
- Additions to existing 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.
- 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
Fellowship Experience at OUSD
- 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.
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. Bay Area Community Resources and SEI partner to implement Climate Corps AmeriCorps, an award-winning fellowship program that provides professional development opportunities for emerging leaders through implementation of sustainability and resiliency projects with local governments, nonprofits, and educational institutions.
Upon completion of the term, CCAC Fellows receive a Segal Education Award of up to $6,495.00 in return for your service. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs. Fellows who complete a 1700-hour term also receive a California For All Award of $3,505.00 in cash for educational expenses.
To see a full list of climate, energy, and sustainability positions posted by Climate Corps, please visit here: https://fm.seiinc.org/climatecorps/jobs/. We are constantly adding positions, so make sure to frequently check this site to see if there are new opportunities available.
AmeriCorps fellows must:
Be U.S. 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 if working with minors
Be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement
Bay Area Community Resources, the administrator of Climate Corps AmeriCorps, 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.