Term of Service: Full-time, September 1, 2020 – July 15, 2021
Time requirements: 40 hours/week; 1,700 hours in 10.5 month span
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.
Description of duties:
Acterra is proposing to develop a full youth education offering, including programming for climate effects (e.g. sea level rise) and climate actions (ex. zero food waste). Acterra’s goal is to educate youth about the impacts of climate change and provide students with the knowledge, tools, and opportunities to connect with their community, empowering them to take meaningful environmental action. In partnership with local schools, districts, and Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Acterra will strengthen the limited climate-based education happening through school curriculum, highlighting state NGSS standards wherever possible. Acterra hopes that climate education will become a mainstay in public schools and CBOs across the Bay Area. The program’s long-term outcome is building youth leadership so students have the capacity and agency to organize and advocate for themselves and their communities.
One component of programming is You(th) Be The Change (YBTC). The target audience is 120 middle and high school students (grades 7-12) in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Approximately 20 students will participate per session, plus one faculty member who will later serve as a lead for their green team or club at school. The green teams or clubs will then implement a campaign to educate the entire student body of their schools, a total of 3100 students. The project length is a 3-week educational program that meets after school 2 days a week for 2 hours each day (exact days and times TBD) for a total of 12 hours of programming delivered in 6 sessions.
This position will:
- Manage, market, and support relationships for the benefit of our Youth Programs
- Manage YBTC related events, both as a partner to other orgs and for our own proprietary events, like Palo Alto Electrification Expo, Earth Day, or Workshops
- Develop relationships with districts, schools, and CBOs for the betterment of our programs.
- Message the benefits of Climate Change educaation to the wider community in partnership with our Communications Manager and program staff.
- Take creative lead and leverage new opportunities to share the youth-based climate education.
- Participate as a partner and member of organizations doing climate change work throughout the Bay Area.
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 Nationa Sex Offender Public Registry
- Test negatively for tuberculosis
- Be able and willing to commit to the 10.5-month service term
- Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, preferred experience with fundraising software (Acterra uses Bloomerang as a CRM, and Constant Contact as an email service), familiarity with Mac preferred
- Flexible schedule required for occasional evening/weekend events (at least one per month)
- Passionate about environment sustainability
- Self-starter with the enthusiasm to implement new strategies and meet ambitious goals
- Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and build relationships with people from a wide diversity of backgrounds and cultures
- Strong team player
- Valid CA. Driver’s License
- College degree and/or work experience in environmental policy, science, or planning with an emphasis on energy or climate are preferred, but other relevant experience is considered (internships, volunteer experience etc.)
- A solid foundation of math and science coursework
- Classroom experience in energy and environmental policy
- Community outreach and communications experience
- Comprehension of energy systems, climate change science, California environmental policies, water conservation, and/or waste reduction
- Excellent organizational, writing, interpersonal, and speaking skills
Benefits of service
- Receive a living allowance stipend of $2,115 per month
- Upon the successful completion of your 1,700 hours and term of service, receive a Segal Education Award of $6,195.00 and a California for All Education Award of $3,905.00.
- Receive ongoing training & support, including a 4-day orientation, monthly training, a 2-day retreat, and a personal development plan.
- Benefit from the robust, ever-growing Climate Corps network of partner organizations and alumni.
- Develop sustainability skills, implement impactful climate change resilience projects, and build partnerships in your community.