Sustainability Fellow - AmeriCorps

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Martinez, CA, United States

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14 days ago

Work Environment: Hybrid (Remote; On site once/week)

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 Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development

Contra Costa County (County) is a diverse county of nearly 1.2 million people, 170,000 of whom live in communities in the unincorporated County. Contra Costa County extends from the San Francisco Bay to the San Joaquin Delta. Along the northern waterfront of the Carquinez Straits are located 7 of the 10 largest point sources of industrial pollution in the Bay Area including 4 refineries (2 of which are in the process of retooling to refine renewable fuel), a power plant, and others. There are 25 census tracts in Contra Costa County that are in the top 25 percent of the CalEnviroScreen Disadvantaged Communities analysis. Most of our impacted communities in Contra Costa County are located near large industrial sites.

Contra Costa County has a vibrant agriculture sector in East County and is home to several East Bay Regional Parks and Mt. Diablo State Park, as well county and local parks. The County is in the process of updating its General Plan for the first time in 30 years, as well as its Climate Action Plan (CAP) and zoning codes.

The Fellowship will support both the Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development (DCD) and Contra Costa County Public Works Department (PWD).

DCD provides permitting and planning services for the County in one department, allowing DCD to integrate land use and zoning considerations. DCD has lead responsibility for the County’s land use planning, code enforcement, energy efficiency, solid waste, transportation planning, environmental sustainability, habitat preservation, and economic development. DCD also focuses its policy and planning work in all of the CAP issue areas.

PWD maintains over 660 miles of roads, 150 miles of streams, channels, and other drainage throughout the County. The department also operates and maintains over 200 County-owned buildings in alignment with the County’s Distributed Energy Resource Plan (DER). PWD has recently established a Sustainability Fund that allows the department to invest in critical distributed energy resources, with priority focus on Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment in 2022-23.

Position Overview & Description

The Sustainability Fellow will support both DCD (75%) and PWD (25%) staff in managing County Sustainability programs.


  • Provide support on updating and implementing the County’s Climate Action Plan, including developing a progress dashboard and monitoring metrics.
  • Support implementation of the Climate Emergency Resolution adopted in September 2020. This includes assisting in facilitation of a task force of department heads focused on actions the County can take and supporting the Green Government Group (G3) Champions, a network of employees across County departments who are helping their departments meet County climate action goals.
  • Provide administrative support for County Sustainability Committee and Sustainability Commission meetings.
  • Assist with strengthening and formalizing County’s Municipal Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) and Feet Electrification Strategic Roadmap in alignment with the Contra Costa Electric Vehicle Readiness Blueprint. This activity may include various tasks such as assisting in implementing Level 2 and 3 EVSE projects across the County, including work in the field and coordinating and supporting employee engagement activities.
  • Develop and implement strategy to inform relevant Divisions in PWD on the County’s CAP strategies and goals for Capital Projects Management (i.e., all-electric building retrofits and renewables), Facilities Services (i.e., resilience hubs, renewables, building electrification), and Fleet Management (i.e., zero-emission vehicle Fleet).
  • Research and write a quarterly Sustainability Corner newsletter that educates County employees and the community about the County’s climate action work.
  • Assist in the implementation of various County-wide Energy Efficiency programs offered through the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN)
  • Provide marketing and outreach support to promote BayREN programs throughout the County (i.e. online and in-person (when allowed) workshops, develop social media/website content, etc.)

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Interest in local government and the world of energy policy
  • Passionate about sustainability and the environment
  • Understanding about greenhouse gas emissions and climate change
  • Takes initiative and enjoys engaging with co-workers and partners in other organizations/agencies
  • Interest in working in an office environment
  • Interest in supporting meetings/webinars/conference calls
  • Comfortable with Word and Excel
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to complete assignments in a thorough, accurate and timely manner
  • Proficient in English (verbal and written)

Fellowship Experience at Contra Costa County DCD

  • Opportunity to learn and be mentored by veteran planners committed to equity and environmental sustainability, and to work on range of issues and interact with senior decision makers
  • Develop sustainability skills, implement impactful climate change resiliency projects, and build partnerships in your community.
  • Broaden environmental knowledge in County local government operations.


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.

Sustainability Fellow - AmeriCorps

Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development

30 Muir Road Martinez CA 94553


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