Equity and Climate Fellow - AmeriCorps

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Oakland, CA, United States

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27 days ago

Work Environment: Hybrid (Remote and in-person option)

Term: September 2022 – July 2023; 1700, 1200, 900 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 Rising Sun Center for Opportunity

Rising Sun Center for Opportunity is a premier nonprofit organization working at the intersection of economic equity and climate resilience in the greater California Bay Area since 1994. Rising Sun focuses on economic opportunity by operating two impactful programs: Climate Careers and Opportunity Build.

Rising Sun is looking for enthusiastic, passionate, and committed Climate Corps AmeriCorps fellows to help support our Climate Careers program and gain exposure to our Opportunity Build program.

Our earn and learn youth program, Climate Careers, works with low-income participants, ages 15- 24 throughout the summer, providing no-cost Green House Calls to local residences. Green House Calls consist of an energy and water assessment and the installation of energy and water saving devices. This innovative program, through the combining of residential energy efficiency services and youth employment and development, provides career exposure and pathways to success.

Our adult program, Opportunity Build, provides job training, case management, and job placement services to low-income adults experiencing serious barriers to employment. Opportunity Build offers two training modules: Core, which is a certified Apprenticeship Readiness Program for individuals who want to enter the union building trades and pursue a construction career, and Solar, for those seeking to enter the solar industry as solar PV installers. The purpose of Opportunity Build is to provide individuals with a pathway out of poverty and into stable careers that offer family-sustaining wages and long-term opportunities.

Position Overview & Description

Fellows will work on the Climate Careers program and gain exposure to our adult program during their 11-months of service in a variety of capacities. Fellows will work on program design and implementation, will interact with, and provide support to our temporary summer teams, as well as our youth and adult participants. During certain portions of the Fellowship there will be a heavy emphasis on outreach and recruitment. Fellows will operate out of our Oakland headquarters, however, there is extensive travel required as our service territory includes the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Joaquin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Fellows will report directly to Rising Sun’s Marketing and Community Engagement Manager.


  • Program design and implementation
  • Lead generation and solicitation of potential residential customers through a variety of marketing and outreach strategies such as tabling, canvassing, presentations, etc.
  • Develop and nurture strategic relationships with county, city, and community partners
  • Work closely with and support program staff
  • Provide support and mentorship to temporary staff and program participants
  • Analyze data and complete reports

Desired Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and implement an outreach plan and campaign
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Experience developing and managing external partnerships
  • Experience supporting/supervising staff
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills: word processing, spreadsheet, software, database management
  • Key qualities: problem-solver, adaptable, accountable, self-starter, team player; thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • Data Analysis, Data spreadsheet cleaning, data manipulation


  • Own a car with valid driver’s license and insurance
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to lift 15 pounds, and to walk up to one mile at a time

Fellowship Experience at Rising Sun Center for Opportunity

We are mission-driven and work hard because we care deeply about what we do. We like working with each other and we like to make work fun. We like to try new things and encourage each other to find unique and unconventional ways to tackle tough problems. We celebrate every birthday, eat a lot of desserts together, and recycle the same birthday candles until they’re gone. There’s usually at least one dog hanging around the office, and sometimes a staff member’s kid or two as well. We want people to grow. We like to promote from within and build each other up, but we also like to bring in new ideas and different perspectives. We’re looking forward to meeting you and hearing about how you can contribute to making Rising Sun a great place to work.

Rising Sun Center for Opportunity is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER committed to providing a nondiscriminatory and inclusive environment for its employees. EOE/AA/Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. We are committed to diversity and consider all applicants for all positions without regard to color, ethnic background, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and disability status. Rising Sun is a pet-friendly and family-forward organization that promotes a healthy work-life balance for all staff.

  • Receive hands-on outreach experience
  • Be part of a supportive work environment
  • Develop communications skills


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

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.

Equity and Climate Fellow - AmeriCorps

Rising Sun Center for Opportunity

1116 36th Street Oakland CA 94608


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