Climate Action Plan Implementation Fellow

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East Palo Alto, CA, United States

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11 days ago

Work Environment: Hybrid - Primarily remote with some required on site events and meetings.

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

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

About City of Palo Alto

The City of East Palo Alto is currently home to an estimated 30,034 residents, located roughly between San Francisco and San Jose. 66% of the population is Hispanic/Latino, with 61% of households speaking Spanish at home. About 12% of the population is Black or African American, 5% is Asian, 5% is Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and 10% is White and not Hispanic or Latino. Median household income is low for the region at around $67,000, compared to about $160,000 for the adjacent City of Palo Alto and about $138,500 in San Mateo County. The Community is highly vulnerable to sea level rise and climate change impacts, and also highly committed to being a leader in resilience.

Position Overview & Description

The City seeks the development of an implementation plan for the Community Climate Action Plan and Adaptation Strategies, including budgeting, potentially applying for grants and other funding strategies, meeting with the City’s local Climate Resilient Communities volunteer organization, and meeting with non-profit partners to develop a comprehensive goal of reaching 4% GHG reduction. Position may include updating projections for 2023 GHG emissions into this Plan development, utiliting 2019 data, and potentially preparing staff reports to the City Council and commissions to provide updates and vetting of the proposed Plan.


  • This fellowship will be challenged with working with the supervisor to develop a work plan that details the steps required to accomplish the creation of an implementation plan for FY 2023/2024, including funding strategies.
  • Fellow will schedule training for grant application with Transformative Climate Communities Implementation Grant, Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant and Loan Program, Peninsula Clean Energy funding opportunities, and/or other funding opportunities to maximize the City’s Greenhouse Gas emissions reduction to meet a minimum of 4% reduction per year.
  • Fellow will coordinate with City staff, prepare budget estimates for implementation projects, and work with community stakeholders.
  • Fellow will be asked to support the preparation of staff reports to commissions and City Council, and may be asked to present the Implementation Plan to the City Council.
  • Other tasks and assignments may include observing meetings, supporting City website updates, and scheduling and leading meetings regarding these tasks.

Desired Qualifications

  • Fellow should have a deep knowledge base in climate change, understand special circumstances with disadvantaged communities,
  • Ability to work for a diverse community,
  • Observe and embrace community-led decision making,
  • Be able to communicate through a variety of medium (telephone, video chat, email, staff report),
  • Competent with the Microsoft Suite of products,
  • Able to work independently,
  • Spanish fluency is helpful but not required.
  • Fellow should have a high level of professionalism

Fellowship Experience at the City of Palo Alto

The City of East Palo Alto will support mentorship towards the Fellow’s professional goals through interpersonal feedback and training programs. Fellow will be exposed to a variety of Environmental Programs and have access to connect with a broad coalition of professionals who are working towards reduced greenhouse gas emissions and potentially environmental health supporters. The City’s partnerships include specialists in urban forest expansion, ecological education, water conservation, stormwater compliance, public health, public transportation, local food sources, solid waste management, bicycle donation and repair, outreach, public education and specialists who focus on greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Special connections will be established with the community’s faith based organizations, climate resilient communities, the Public Works and Transportation Commission, the Planning Commission, and City Council.

Fellow will be supported by a vast network of non-profit partnerships dedicated to supporting the City with reaching climate action goals that have community co-benefits including public health improvement, saving money, and improving quality of life.

Fellow will be invited to support public engagement efforts including Coastal Cleanup Day, the Mayor’s Annual Community Cleanup, MLK Day tree planting, Earth Day, National Rivers Cleanup Day, and BIke to Work Day.


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 Plan Implementation Fellow

City of East Palo Alto

2415 University Avenue East Palo Alto California 94303


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