CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow
Launch Your Social Purpose Career While Making a Lasting Impact!
Apply now to become a CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow for the 2019-20 service year at the link attached to this posting.
CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program that is dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address emerging environmental and social equity resilience challenges such as climate change, water resource management, affordable housing, and mobility. For 11 months, 90 Fellows are placed with local governments to complete research, planning, or implementation projects that provide the support public agencies need to advance their resilience initiatives.
CivicSpark projects focus on supporting capacity in environmental and social equity resilience issues. Environmental projects focus on addressing widespread persistent environmental crises by facilitating effective solutions in areas such as energy efficiency, climate adaptation and mitigation, green infrastructure, and groundwater management. Social Equity projects focus on opportunities to relieve significant socioeconomic pressures that impact quality of life, public health, or economic opportunity in areas such as multi-modal transportation, affordable housing, and broadband access.
Fellows are spread regionally (Central Coast, Greater Los Angeles, Sacramento area, San Diego area, San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, and Sierra Nevada) throughout the state. Each region has a Regional Coordinator who oversees the various Fellows in their area, providing general guidance 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 the service project, and supporting the Fellows’ professional growth in the workplace.
While projects vary, Fellows can expect to support a range of tasks including meeting facilitation, community outreach, data collection and analysis, and report writing. Fellows will also have the opportunity to conduct 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.
Learn more about the program by visiting our website at http://civicspark.lgc.org/. You can also check out our Fellow FAQ page if you have any questions.
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 $20,000 (before taxes) spread evenly over 11 months
- Segal Education Award of $6,095 at the completion of service
- California For All Education Award of $3,905 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
- 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
Applicants must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S., and must complete Department of Justice (DOJ), FBI, State, and NSOPR background checks prior to service. Applicants must also have:
- A 4-year undergraduate degree (i.e. Bachelor’s) from an accredited college or university.
- Commitment to the full term of service (11 months).
- 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.
This is an equal opportunity position and we prefer to place a candidate who already lives in the community being served.