Energy and Environmental Services Fellow - AmeriCorps

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Garden Grove, CA, United States

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27 days ago

Work Environment: Hybrid (Remote, On Site, and Field Visits)

Term: September 2022 - August 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 CAP OC

Born of the War on Poverty, Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAP OC) has worked to enhance the quality of life here since 1965. We boldly address the root causes of poverty and advocate for change through systemic reforms, environmental and social justice and racial equity. We live and work in the neighborhoods we so passionately serve—coming together from all backgrounds and experiences to stabilize, sustain and empower individuals and families so they may build stronger communities.

Position Overview & Description

This position will lead efforts on designing a Healthy Home program which will focus on Health Equity Improvement Zones around each of our 3 Family Resource Centers. Under the direction of the Energy and Environmental Services Department Director, the fellow will be directly involved in impacting the health of residents and environments of hyper local census tracts in Orange County. Using the CalEnviroScreen Tool, research will be conducted to identify the environmental aspects in the community by looking at indicators of hazardous waste, solid waste, cleanup sites, groundwater threats, and more. Exposures to the community of toxic releases, traffic, particulate matter, drinking water, diesel particulate matter, lead from housing, ozone, pesticides and more existing in these communities will be quantified using the CalEnviroScreen tools. Using recent census data, this role will describe the socioeconomic profiles of these neighborhoods.

The Fellow will work closely with our Weatherization Team to identify health and safety improvements in the homes of local residents as well as upgrade and install energy efficiency improvements in the homes.

This position is a valuable opportunity to develop and apply leadership and community organizing skills to make impactful changes in low income communities that have been adversely impacted by climate change and environmental inequities.


  • Collaborate with a research Team at UCI in defining efforts for the Health Equity Improvement Zones
  • Researching Environmental statistics
  • Research socio-economic profiles of census tracts
  • Prepare presentations and reports of researched data
  • Recommend measures to mitigate environmental issues
  • Present findings to the local communities
  • Work closely with EES Director and Wx Team weekly
  • Compose informative blog posts on energy and climate issues on a weekly basis.
  • Support in outreach events during holidays such as Black History Month and Juneteenth.

Desired Qualifications

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills. Should be able to adapt communication style to suit different audiences.
  • Action orientated.
  • Be able to work with a culturally diverse population.
  • Experience with community outreach/advocacy.
  • Be knowledgeable of climate change and environmental justice issues.
  • Professional presentation skills to deliver program information to individuals and/or groups.
  • Be able to work independently and with self-direction while working collaboratively within a team; exercising considerable judgment.
  • Be able to analyze and interpret various materials to make recommendations on program input.
  • Record keeping principles and methods.
  • Be able to work efficiently within demanding time constraints and exhibit exceptional time management skills.
  • Planning and organizational techniques to develop and implement actions plans.
  • Be able to provide services and presentations in a virtual format, large formal gatherings, and in-person (accounting for CDC and state/county guidelines for social and physical distancing).
  • Desired bilingual abilities in Spanish/Vietnamese/Mandarin/Farsi.
  • Commitment to the agency’s mission.

Fellowship Experience at CAP OC

  • This position is a valuable opportunity to develop and apply leadership and community organizing skills to make impactful changes in low income communities that have been adversely impacted by climate change and environmental inequities.
  • Fellow will receive mentoring and coaching in an atmosphere devoted to making an impact on disadvantaged communities. We are part of a national network of over 1,000 community action agencies. There will be abundant opportunities to develop hands-on community outreach skills.
  • Fellow will also have some autonomy in directing their own projects to focus on areas of interests that fit the needs of our agency.


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.

Energy and Environmental Services Fellow - AmeriCorps

Community Action Partnership of Orange County

11870 Monarch Street Community Action Partnership of Orange County Garden Grove CA 92841


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