CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellowship Opportunity!

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $16,000
Maximum: $18,000




2222 M Street
United States


Are you interested in gaining professional experience while effecting positive change at the local level? If so, CivicSpark, a Governor's Initiative AmeriCorps program, is right for you! CivicSpark is dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address community resilience issues such as climate, water, and access to opportunities. During the 2018-19 service year, 90 CivicSpark Fellows will support over 100 cities, schools, and other public agencies to implement local sustainability projects on topics including sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, climate action planning, water conservation and drought response, and affordable housing, among others. Fellows gain exceptional career experience, training to become future leaders in California's response to community resilience issues.

We are specifically looking for a Fellow to work with the County of Merced on their Merced County Climate Action Plan Development project. 

The County of Merced's adopted General Plan calls for the development of a the County's first Climate Action Plan (CAP) by the year 2020. The Merced County Planning Division is overseeing development of the plan, which will affect policy and land use development decisions at the County and regional levels. The Fellow would be expected to work closely with Planning staff to manage development of the Climate Action Plan, including completion of a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, identification of an emissions reduction target, and selection of reduction measures in collaboration with the community. The Fellow would plan and execute outreach initiatives, coordinate communication with internal and external stakeholders, and work directly with technical consultants to complete project-related analyses.

The ideal Fellow will have very strong organization/project management skills as planning/sequencing of deliverables, and responsiveness will be integral to success. Fundamental project management skills, project tracking, and organization are critical, as are strong communication skills. The Fellow will be expected to brief community members, stakeholders, County teammates, department heads, and elected officials on the details of the project, and experience with public speaking is important.

If you are interested, please visit to learn more and apply.


Applicants must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S., and must complete Department of Justice (DOJ), State, and NSOPR background checks prior to service. Applicants must also have:

  • A 4-year undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s) from an accredited college or university.
  • Climate Fellows: A degree in an environmentally related field and one year of relevant experience is preferred.
  • Water Fellows: A background knowledge of water policy, water management, or water-related sciences (coursework or project/professional experience) is preferred.
  • Opportunity Access Fellows: Experience with equity, affordable housing, or rural broadband policies and practices is preferred.
  • Strong communication (both verbal and written) and teamwork skills; some experience with outreach, facilitation, and/or grassroots organizing is preferred.
  • The capability to work in a professional office setting up to 40 hours a week.
  • Commitment to the full term of service (11 months).

This is an equal opportunity position and we prefer to place a candidate who already lives in the community being served.


AmeriCorps was created to address community needs through service. AmeriCorps members have the opportunity to make an impact in their community while gaining valuable career and life experience. In exchange for their service, each Fellow receives the following benefits:

  • A living allowance of approximately $16,000+ (before taxes) spread evenly over 11 months
  • Segal Education Award of $5,920 at the completion of service
  • Forbearance on existing qualifying student loans and payment of interest accrued during service
  • SNAP (CalFresh/Food Stamps) benefits to those who qualify
  • Health insurance
  • Childcare assistance to qualifying Fellows, paid to an eligible provider of your choice
  • Significant professional development training
  • Network development with regional and statewide contacts in the sustainability field
  • Valuable experience in the sustainability field and the local government sector
  • Connection to a network of hundreds of CivicSpark alumni and hundreds of thousands of AmeriCorps Alums

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in spoken and written Spanish are encouraged.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Apply for the CivicSpark Fellowship online at Applications submitted will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Please do not send any resumes or cover letters via email; we will only accept applications submitted via our website.