Climate Action and Resilience Fellow - AmeriCorps

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Cupertino, CA, United States

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22 days ago

Location: City of Cupertino, Cupertino, CA

Work Environment: The City of Cupertino is currently in a hybrid work posture. We anticipate most of the fellow’s time to be remote.

Ideally the fellow could be within commuting distance or plan to come to Cupertino on an agreed-upon schedule, such as to support meetings or presentations from time to time, as we anticipate a gradual return in person over the course of 2022 and 2023.

Term: September 2022 - July 2023; 1700 hours; 40 hours/week

Living Allowance Stipend: $2,636/month

Education Award: $10,000 upon program completion

Benefits: Healthcare coverage (w/dental & vision), Education Award, student loan deferment, child care allowance, CalFresh, professional development budget ($100), industry networking.

About the City of Cupertino - Cupertino Green

Made up of both the Sustainability and Environmental Programs Teams, Cupertino Green is a team committed to maintaining our City as a sustainable and healthy place to live, learn, work, and play for all our community members.

Housed within the Office of the City Manager, the Sustainability Team oversees Cupertino’s Community and Municipal Climate Action Plan, which defines strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provides residents, businesses and schools with programs and services. This team's focuses on energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, drought resources, alternative transportation, Earth Day Festival, and other sustainable actions.

The Environmental Programs Team, housed within the Public Works Department, manages the City’s waste disposal services and provides composting and recycling programs to Cupertino residents and businesses. Environmental Programs ensure state and federal requirements are met to protect our creeks and prevent stormwater runoff pollutants from entering storm drain systems which drain to local creeks and the San Francisco Bay.

The Cupertino Sustainability Commission consists of five members appointed by the City Council to provide expertise and guidance on policy areas related to the City’s Climate Action Plan.

Position Overview & Description

Municipal Climate Action and Resiliency Plan:

The fellow will take a lead coordinating role on the creation of a municipal climate action and resiliency plan. The fellow will use the high-level goals and measures from the CAP 2.0 to develop a short-term strategic plan for municipal operations. The scope of work would include coordinating with other departments within the City government and outside partners, for example, the County of Santa Clara and our Community Choice Aggregation agency, Silicon Valley Clean Energy.

The scope of the municipal climate action plan is to develop an action plan, a recommended sequence of work, work program proposals, and budget estimates. The plan should cover municipal facilities, the auto fleet, and off-road equipment such as landscaping and construction equipment. The plan should identify capital investment needs and areas of coordination such as identifying the number of charging ports needed for an all-electric fleet.

The fellow may also support the development of a sustainable purchasing policy.


  • Project manage the development of the Municipal Climate Action and Resiliency Plan
  • Coordinate with other City departments and outside partners to develop strategies, timeline, and budget estimates and resource needs
  • Lead editor of the municipal plan: project manage the writing of the plan and draft review process
  • Conduct policy & best practices research as needed to inform plan development
  • Support Manager in writing and presenting reports and updates on the project for internal and external audiences
  • Grant writing and research as needed to support priority projects

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience or education in public works, skilled trades, urban planning, architecture, engineering, or energy is desirable for this fellowship.
  • Ability to work independently, analyze data sets, and create compelling visuals and/or narrative reports.
  • Willingness to adapt to shifting priorities and develop cultural and emotional intelligence when working within a highly diverse community and workplace.

Fellowship Experience at the City of Cupertino

The City of Cupertino is proud to support our interns and fellows. The fellow will receive hands-on mentorship from the Manager, the Site Supervisor, and other department staff. The fellow will gain valuable on-the-job experience, and access to a deep network of regional climate and sustainability practitioners. The fellow will be invited to join networking meetings among the Bay Area regional public sector coordinating groups where great connections can be made.

The City of Cupertino will provide all technology necessary for a fully remote/hybrid work environment. We have become very adept at providing a flexible hybrid work arrangement and working within the needs of the fellow, for example, providing flex work days for fellows with school or other commitments.

The fellow will be a key part of our Sustainability Division, which consists of three staff members. Our team works closely with the Environmental Programs Division. Our team has a collaborative and supportive work culture and a friendly office. As we are a small city and a small team, the fellow will have a lot of autonomy and room to be creative in their role.


Climate Corps AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a national service commitment that meets a community’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Bay Area Community Resources and SEI partner to implement Climate Corps AmeriCorps, an award-winning fellowship program that provides professional development opportunities for emerging leaders through implementation of sustainability and resiliency projects with local governments, nonprofits, and educational institutions.

Upon completion of the term, CCAC Fellows receive a Segal Education Award of up to $6,495.00 in return for your service. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs. Fellows who complete a 1700-hour term also receive a California For All Award of $3,505.00 in cash for educational expenses.

To see a full list of climate, energy, and sustainability positions posted by Climate Corps, please visit here. We are constantly adding positions, so make sure to frequently check this site to see if there are new opportunities available.

Basic Eligibility

AmeriCorps fellows must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents
  • Have a high school diploma/GED
  • Be 17 years old or older
  • Pass state criminal and FBI background checks, and a national check in the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry
  • Test negatively for tuberculosis if working with minors
  • Be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing
  • Live in the state of California

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement

Bay Area Community Resources, the administrator of Climate Corps AmeriCorps, is an equal opportunity employer. We cultivate an environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all employees and National Service members. We are firmly committed to maintaining an atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. Therefore, we enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Our management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this equal opportunity policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruitment advertising, pay, and other forms of compensation, training, and general treatment during employment.

Climate Action and Resilience Fellow - AmeriCorps

City of Cupertino

10300 Torre Ave Cupertino CA 95014


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