Climate Action Fellow - AmeriCorps

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Fairfax, CA, United States

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26 days ago

Location: Towns of San Anselmo and Fairfax, CA
Work Environment: In-person first with remote work flexibility
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 Towns of San Anselmo and Fairfax
Nestled west of San Rafael, California, the towns are surrounded by beautiful open space areas. Located approximately 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge and proximate to the East Bay, San Francisco, the pastoral West Marin countryside, coastal communities, and the nearby wine country, the towns afford residents a rich quality of life.
The Town of San Anselmo is 2.7 square miles and home to about 13,000 residents. The Town has an adopted Climate Action Plan with a goal of 54% emissions reductions from a 2005 baseline emissions level by the year 2030 and is targeting carbon neutrality by 2045.
The Town of Fairfax is located just west of the Town of San Anselmo in west Marin County. The Town is 2.2 square miles and home to about 7,500 residents. The Town has an adopted Climate Action Plan with a goal of 100% emissions reductions from a 2005 baseline emissions level by the year 2030. The Town has created a new Climate & Environment department that the fellow would be placed under and would work directly with the Climate Action Coordinator on projects and programs for both towns.
Position Overview & Description
The Towns of San Anselmo and Fairfax are seeking support in the implementation of each town’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) that include several climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. The primary focus of the fellow’s work will be supporting waste reduction and diversion efforts both within municipal facilities and throughout each community to achieve compliance with state and local waste regulations. This will require coordination with each town’s staff, Climate Action Committee (CAC) volunteer members, and external partners; outreach and education to residents and local businesses; and compliance reporting to CalRecycle. Each town has bold climate goals that the fellow will help work towards achieving including reducing waste-related emissions by 1,818 MTCO2e by 2030 for Fairfax and 2,084 MTCO2e by 2030 for San Anselmo, representing 6% and 13%, respectively, of the total potential emissions reductions needed in each town by 2030 to meet their goals. Other areas of focus will include fleet electrification and charging infrastructure deployment, building electrification and energy efficiency measures, landscape equipment electrification, and municipal resiliency centers powered by solar with battery storage that utilize microgrids and other innovative technology.

  • Develop programs and policies to implement climate actions within the community and within government operations
  • Work with Climate Action Committee (CAC) members, external partners, and other Town staff on coordination and prioritization of climate and environmental initiatives
  • Identify and apply for funding to support climate action projects and programs
  • Manage grant and state compliance reporting
  • Create content for town newsletters, websites, and social media to educate residents and businesses about climate-related ordinances, incentives, programs, events, and resources
  • Support implementation of SB 1383 requirements including outreach to businesses, updates to procurement policies, waste characterization studies, training of staff, and development of enforcement procedures and processes
  • Monitor progress in achieving GHG emissions reduction goals
  • Assist with updates to the CAPs, as needed

Desired Qualifications

  • Good (oral and written) communication skills, self-starter, good team player, able to ask questions and work with a variety of people in a variety of settings, accurate, and creative.
  • Good computer skills, Excel, Word, online tools (e.g., Google suite), social media, some graphic arts skills, some knowledge of waste and diversion.
  • Effective research and analytical skills
  • Strong ability to manage projects and initiatives
  • Knowledge of environmental science and climate change.
  • Degree in environmental science, or equivalent program with a focus on climate, environment, planning, or policy is a plus
  • Fellow should have a high level of professionalism.
  • Must be willing to attend evening meetings occasionally for Town Council and CAC meetings
  • Experience in a municipal environment is an asset
  • Passion for inspiring climate action at the local level

Fellowship Experience at The Towns of San Anselmo and Fairfax
The Towns of San Anselmo and Fairfax will support mentorship towards the Fellow’s professional goals through interpersonal feedback and networking opportunities. The Fellow will learn about and assist the towns in developing programs, policies, procedures, and creative engagement efforts that will hone the Fellow’s project management, community outreach, research, and communication skills. The Fellow will get to work alongside other professionals in the field and in government, including with City Council members, department staff, other jurisdiction staff, and contractors and consultants.
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 Fellow - AmeriCorps
Towns of San Anselmo and Fairfax

142 Bolinas Rd Fairfax CA 94903

Monthly stipend

Additional pay
End of program award

Location: 142 Bolinas Rd Fairfax CA 94903, Fairfax, CA 94930

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $2,636.00 per month