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 two Fellows to work with the Southern Border Broadband Consortium to bring unserved and underserved communities of Imperial and San Diego Counties affordable access to broadband.
The Southern Border Broadband Consortium (SBBC) has been created by the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation because of a three year grant awarded by the California Advanced Service Fund (CASF) to bring unserved and underserved communities of Imperial and San Diego Counties affordable access to broadband. The Fellows would assist the SBBC in outreach to the communities in these two counties to survey the community members on the type of broadband services they already receive versus what type of services they need. The Fellows would also assist in researching support opportunities for broadband services, as well as for internet service providers (ISPs). The CASF program is an initiative supported by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and they have created an app called CalSPEED which determines the upload/download speeds when you run a test. This information is updated to the CPUC's website within 24 hours. CalSPEED updates the CPUC's website which determines which areas are unserved/underserved, therefore it is important to get areas in Imperial/San Diego Counties CalSPEED information updated so they can receive the appropriate benefits/assistance. The SBBC's goal is to also provide educational workshops needed by community members identified in the surveys the Fellows would be distributing to the community members.
The ideal Fellows will be people oriented since most of the project work will be doing outreach, educational workshops, and surveys.
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 the Spanish language would be a plus since this area is located on the border with Mexico.
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.