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 Fellows to serve in Sacramento and surrounding areas.
The program offers three thematic tracks: CivicSpark Climate (50 Fellows), CivicSpark Water (20 Fellows), and CivicSpark Opportunity Access (20 Fellows). Climate Fellows will work on projects that focus on a range of issues including energy efficiency, climate adaptation and mitigation, and greenhouse gas reduction. Water projects focus on topics such as drought response, green infrastructure, and groundwater management. Opportunity Access projects include multi-modal transportation, affordable housing, and broadband access.
Fellows are spread regionally (Central Coast, Greater Los Angeles, North Coast, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, and Sierra Nevada) throughout the state. Each region has a Regional Coordinator who oversee the various Fellows in their area, providing guidance, mentorship, and support for the Fellows’ professional development goals. Site Supervisors are the Fellows’ on-site contact, who works with Fellows on a day-to-day basis and provides assistance on project work, and supporting the Fellows’ professional growth in the workplace.
While projects vary, Fellows can expect to work on a range of tasks including meeting facilitation, community outreach, data collection and analysis, and report writing. Fellows will also have the opportunity to work on volunteer engagement projects, as well as attend regular trainings to build professional and technical skills. Fellows will complete their service year with a strong understanding of working with local governments as well as experience in using key sustainability and water management tools.
If you are interested, please visit http://civicspark.lgc.org/ 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
Knowledge of a language other than English is not required for each Fellow position; depending on your project and placement site, you may be working with underserved/non-English speaking communities, so intermediate knowledge of a second language is preferred for these.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Apply for the CivicSpark Fellowship online at http://civicspark.lgc.org/join-civicspark/fellow/. Applications 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.