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The City of Sunnyvale is excited to host two Community Engagement Fellows for 2021-22: one position focuses on Sustainability Programs and the other focuses on Watershed Programs. Both positions work within our Sustainability and Watershed Protection Programs team in the Environmental Services Department. Our team works to educate the community to follow environmental regulations and inspire local action. Our programs focus on community outreach for climate action, decarbonizing buildings and transportation, environmental education, stormwater and wastewater pollution prevention, and water conservation. 


We are looking for energetic and creative Fellows to contribute to these programs through community outreach and engagement and effective program design. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals with strong communication and organizational skills who enjoy a collaborative team environment. 


The two positions offer similar opportunities to build skills and local government experience, but in different topic areas. Both Fellows would learn how to:

  • Coordinate and lead in-person community outreach events (e.g., community meetings, workshops, educational events).
  • Use social media to create behavior change for environmental protection.
  • Develop outreach materials (e.g., ads, flyers, newsletters) to promote programs.
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners, including city departments, community members, community groups, schools, students, and other cities and public agencies. 
  • Collect, track, and report on metrics to measure success of programs or policies.
  • Contribute to creating new programs, including developing work plans, building partnerships, and coordinating logistics.
  • Conduct literature research on emerging topics for inclusion in reports.


The topic areas for each of the positions are described below.


Community Engagement Fellow – Sustainability Programs – 12-month term (One Opening)

This Fellowship will primarily focus on community engagement and outreach activities to implement the City’s Climate Action Playbook. This is a year-long (12-month) Fellowship term from September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022.


Key projects include: 

  • Coordinating and promoting a lecture series to bring experts on sustainability topics to educate the community (Sustainability Speaker Series).
  • Promoting and implementing virtual and/or in-person electric vehicle workshops or ride-and-drive events (Drive Electric Sunnyvale).
  • Managing implementation and publicity of an all-electric induction cooktops loaner program (Cool Cooktops Program) in partnership with the Sunnyvale Public Library.
  • Program planning and research to develop a grassroots community engagement at the neighborhood-level.
  • Researching and developing a new program to engage young adults in climate action. 
  • Assisting with outreach and community engagement for the development of the update to the Climate Action Playbook Work Plan (called the Game Plan).


Community Engagement Fellow – Watershed Programs Fellow – 10-month term (One Opening)

This Fellowship will primarily focus on community engagement and outreach to reduce pollution in stormwater and wastewater, which can contaminate local creeks and the Bay. The Fellow will also focus on water conservation education as California enters a drought. This is a 10-month Fellowship term from September 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.


Key projects include: 

  • Teaching the watershed education program for youth (primarily K-5) in elementary school classrooms.
  • Conducting a virtual Earth Day event or poster/video or other type of contest to engage youth and adults, including coordinating logistics, publicity, and recognition.
  • Enhancing the environmental social media presence (e.g., via videography/photography and/or exploring alternate platforms).
  • Implementing water conservation community classes, mercury thermometer exchange events, and other outreach events.
  • Leading, coordinating, and conducting trash and litter cleanups along creeks and coastal waterways to limit pollution.
  • Developing outreach and publicity materials to enhance community awareness and behavior change, including the Sustainable Sunnyvale bi-monthly e-newsletter.

To learn more, visit our website: http://www.climatecorps.org


To apply, visit: https://fm.seiinc.org/climatecorps/jobs/community_engagement_fellow_55C5A5.html


QUALIFICATIONS

Fellows must: 

  • Be fingerprinted by the City of Sunnyvale prior to the start date.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and personal vehicle for work use. Mileage reimbursement available.
  • Plan to be present in-person for work when Sunnyvale returns to regular office work, post COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
  • Be able to telework if COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on in-person work are imposed.  
  • Be willing to work some evenings and weekends hours, approximately 3-5 times per month, to support virtual and in-person community events.
  • Test negative for tuberculosis (*Watershed Programs Fellow only.* Needed if in-person classroom program resumes).


Desired Qualifications:

  • Creative thinkers and enthusiastic learners.
  • Personable and approachable in interacting with community members. 
  • Savvy with social media. Able to design engaging written and visual content.
  • Comfortable doing basic graphic design tasks using programs like Canva. 
  • Proficient writers, with strong persuasive writing skills for non-technical audiences.
  • Competent with Microsoft Office Suite, including basic proficiency with Excel.
  • Comfortable with public speaking in front of adult and youth audiences. 
  • Independent and organized, needing limited guidance to manage their time and tasks.


Climate Corps Qualifications:

  • Availability for the full-time, 10-month Fellowship program, beginning in September 2021
  • Climate Corps Fellows must have completed a 4-year degree by the time the program cycle starts in September 2021. We are looking for emerging professionals with:
  • An educational background in environmental policy, science, engineering, sustainable management or planning degrees (volunteer and internship experience will be considered).
  • Community outreach and communications experience.
  • A connection to the placement location. This is an equal opportunity position and we prefer to place a candidate who already lives in the region being served.
  • Experience in and the drive to address racism and create race equity with the team members and programmatically.


Benefits:

  • Living allowance stipend of $3000 per month (before taxes)
  • Kaiser Permanente silver health insurance plan.
  • Assistance with student loan deferments.
  • Extensive professional development and skill building. Upon program completion, Fellows are awarded a Climate Change Protection Professional certificate by Skyline College.
  • A financial award upon program completion.


Application Process:

To become a Fellow, please submit an online application and resume. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all placements are filled. Applicants are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible in order to ensure the best chance of being placed within an organization that fits your interests and goals. Once the application is complete and has been reviewed, applicants who qualify will be contacted for an interview. 


Apply here: https://fm.seiinc.org/climatecorps/jobs/community_engagement_fellow_55C5A5.html


ABOUT US

About the Sustainability and Watershed Protection Programs Team

The Sustainability and Watershed Protection Programs team is a close-knit, collaborative team consisting of three full-time staff and two Climate Corps Program Fellows. Having hosted twelve Fellows over the last seven years, our team has a strong track record of mentoring Fellows and nurturing their career interests. Past Sunnyvale Fellows have successfully landed job opportunities at GreenBiz, Silicon Valley Clean Energy, Cities of Sunnyvale and Mountain View, the Environmental Defense Fund, and other similar organizations. Come be a part of our dynamic team! 


About the City of Sunnyvale

The City of Sunnyvale is the fifth largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a population of roughly 156,000. The City has a long-standing commitment to progressive environmental policies. The Environmental Services Department is responsible for providing clean drinking water, treating wastewater, protecting water quality, garbage and recycling management, and implementing sustainability initiatives as outlined in its Climate Action Playbook. Sunnyvale has an engaged community that frequently advocates for environmental and social policies and programs. Its perfect size provides an impactful job experience with resources for community involvement. 


Climate Corps

Climate Corps is an award-winning fellowship program under SEI that provides professional development opportunities for emerging leaders through implementation of sustainability and resiliency projects with local governments, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses. In essence, Climate Corps revolves around our Fellows to help them become the best sustainability professionals they can be. Climate Corps hires Fellows who then complete their fellowship with a specific host organization. These host organizations receive the support of these qualified, passionate, dedicated Fellows in achieving their sustainability-related goals for which the Fellows were hired. Exact details of the work depend on the host organization (for which the Fellow applies and interviews), however, all Fellows will gain real-world expertise in sustainability project implementation through their work. As such, Climate Corps simultaneously addresses climate and sustainability projects while also cultivating the next generation of environmental leaders. Since 2010, Climate Corps has worked with over 200 partners and 800 Fellows on 1,000 high-impact projects. Throughout the program, Fellows will receive one-on-one mentorship as well as monthly professional development trainings with their Climate Corps cohort. More than 85% of Fellows continue on in the sustainability field within 1 month of completing the Climate Corps Fellowship. To learn more about program outcomes, please visit the Outcomes page of our website at https://www.climatecorps.org/outcomes.html


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.


SEI requires employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.


SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity. We believe that a wide array of perspectives contributes to creative climate solutions where all communities thrive. We strive to reflect diverse communities, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply. A commitment to work and learn within an anti-oppression framework is required. https://www.seiinc.org/dei.html


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The City of Sunnyvale is excited to host two Community Engagement Fellows for 2021-22: one position focuses on Sustainability Programs and the other focuses on Watershed Programs. Both positions work within our Sustainability and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Temporary

Salary

Living allowance stipend of $3000 per month (before taxes)

Benefits

  • Kaiser Permanente silver health insurance plan.
  • Assistance with student loan deferments.
  • Extensive professional development and skill building. Upon program completion, Fellows are awarded a Climate Change Protection Professional certificate by Skyline College.
  • A financial award upon program completion.
  • Kaiser Permanente silver health insurance plan.
  • Assistance with student loan deferments.
  • Extensive professional development and skill building. Upon program completion…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Sunnyvale, CA
Associated Location
Sunnyvale, CA, USA

How to Apply

To become a Fellow, please submit an online application and resume. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all placements are filled. Applicants are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible in order to ensure the best chance of being placed within an organization that fits your interests and goals. Once the application is complete and has been reviewed, applicants who qualify will be contacted for an interview.

To become a Fellow, please submit an online application and resume. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all placements are filled. Applicants are encouraged to…

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