Recycling Outreach Fellow

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Hayward, CA, United States

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28 days ago

Location: City of Hayward

Work Environment: Hybrid (Remote and On Site)

The current expectation is that the Fellow would work in City Hall at least 3 days per week. Up to 2 days per week may be remote

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 City of Hayward

Hayward is a progressive community with ambitious goals related to environmental sustainability. Spanning from our pristine western shoreline to the attractive foothills to our east, Hayward is the picture of cultural, geographic and economic diversity. Hayward is the sixth largest city in the Bay Area with a population of approximately 160,000. The Public Works and Utilities Department includes five Divisions: Engineering, Environmental Services, Airport, Transportation, and Utilities. In 2021, Hayward was recognized by CDP as an A-List city for its leadership in sustainability.

Position Overview & Description

The City of Hayward is seeking a passionate and driven Fellow to assist the City with its implementation of SB1383. SB1383 is the most significant recycling law to be passed in California in the last 30 years. It requires all businesses and residents to sort food waste and yard trimmings from trash so that the organic material can be composted. SB1383 also requires the recovery of edible food, monitoring of containers to track contamination, and that containers throughout the state adopt a standardized color scheme. The Fellow will assist with community outreach, data analysis, and report preparation regarding SB1383 implementation. The Fellow will also work closely with the City’s waste hauler, Waste Management of Alameda County, to conduct outreach to businesses and residents regarding SB1383. In addition to SB1383 implementation, the Fellow will assist with general sustainability work within the Environmental Services Division.

The overall goals of the project are to help reduce climate change and keep Hayward in compliance with California law. The goal of SB1383 is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by landfills by reducing the amount of organic material placed in landfills (where they generate methane). SB 1383 demands that jurisdictions perform several actions to implement the law, including extensive outreach to help businesses and residents properly sort their organics, monitoring contamination in recycling and organics containers, ensuring the diversion of edible food from landfill and sending it to feed people, and procuring compost and/or mulch. The Fellow’s assistance in performing recycling outreach as well as outreach regarding Hayward’s new solid waste contract that includes SB1383-related elements will ensure Hayward’s compliance with SB1383, and help fight climate change.


  • Design and write content for flyers, social media, and outreach materials
  • Assist the City’s internal Green Team with making City facilities and operations more sustainable
  • Maintain web pages for the City’s environmental programs
  • Write articles for the City’s environmental e-newsletter
  • Visit businesses or multi-family dwellings to help customers sort waste properly and inform customers about SB1383 with City Staff accompaniment.
  • Attend community outreach events (some during evenings and weekends)
  • Conduct outreach related to recycling, composting and climate change.

Desired Qualifications

  • Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree with coursework in sustainability, environmental science, public administration, communications, business administration, biology or a related field.
  • Ability to:
  • Independently perform a variety of technical duties including research, data compilation and report preparation.
  • Write in a clear and professional manner.
  • Operate a personal computer utilizing spreadsheet and word processing programs.
  • Collect, compile, analyze and present a variety of data in a meaningful way.
  • Think critically and offer solutions when appropriate.
  • Speak Spanish (helpful, but not required)
  • Drive a car (A drivers license is required)

Fellowship Experience at City of Hayward

The Fellow will have opportunities to:

  • Learn about citywide operations and programs
  • Gain experience making presentations to peers and decision makers
  • Participate in regional and county-level working groups that focus on climate action and waste reduction
  • Connect with a wide network of environmental professionals throughout the Bay Area.
  • Work in a supportive, team-oriented environment.
  • Mileage reimbursement for site visits


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.

Recycling Outreach Fellow

City of Hayward

777 B Street Hayward CA 94541


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