Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative Fellow - AmeriCorps

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Redwood City, CA, United States

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24 days ago

Work Environment: Hybrid (80% On Site, 20% Remote) / Site Visits

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 San Mateo County Office of Education

The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) supports local school districts in San Mateo County by providing services that can be done more efficiently and economically at the county level. SMCOE serves 175 schools in 23 districts, which range from urban environments to schools in rural nature preserves. On the whole, San Mateo County serves 95,502 students of whom 33% are socioeconomically disadvantaged and 41% qualify for free and reduced lunch. The dedicated and professional staff at SMCOE provide many systems of support through a variety of instructional, business, and consulting services. The three main functions of SMCOE are: 1) Support and Regulatory, 2) Educational Leadership and Coordination, and 3) Direct Student Instruction.

Position Overview & Description

One of the Educational Leadership initiatives that SMCOE oversees is the Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative (ELSI). This initiative provides "backbone support" to San Mateo County schools in prioritizing environmental literacy and integrating environmental sustainability and climate-resilient practices across a school's campus, curriculum, community, and culture.

Through a robust offering of programs and services, this initiative promotes environmental literacy and helps prepare leaders to integrate environmental sustainability and a climate ready mindset, across a school community's campus, curriculum, community and culture. The fellow will support the capacity building programs, networks, and technical assistance efforts for this initiative, as well as develop resources and communication initiatives.


  • Support Capacity Building and Network Programs including support for coordination and facilitation of task forces, professional development cohorts, workshops, summits, etc.
  • Lead youth engagement efforts through youth network and Youth Climate Ambassadors program
  • Support customized technical assistance services for environmental literacy and green facilities efforts at SMCOE and at school districts and sites
  • Support design and updates for ELSI Webpage
  • Lead writing and distribution of monthly newsletter
  • Support annual recognition and awards program
  • Assist with outreach and promotions campaigns for projects, programs, and events
  • Assist with curriculum design and teaching
  • Support in managing high school and college interns
  • Support administrative tasks such as calendar and schedule updates, and preparing program materials
  • Be in the office four days a week, with possibilities of working remote one day a week.
  • Have reliable transportation to and from the office and school sites

Desired Qualifications

  • Passionate about sustainability related topics and issues
  • Interested in personal and professional development
  • History of self-management, and has the willingness and ability to take initiative, but can also follow directions, and work effectively on a team
  • Learns quickly and is not afraid to ask questions
  • Demonstrated ability to work respectfully and effectively with others from highly differing racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds
  • Understands and can implement coordination steps for events, programs, and projects, and has a track record of following through
  • Has strong communication skills both verbally (presentations, facilitation, and collaboration), and for formal and creative writing tasks such as reports, correspondence, and marketing and promotional materials
  • Can navigate social media platforms for professional application
  • Has some experience updating web sites
  • Familiar and comfortable with Google Drive applications
  • Enjoys and is effective at conducting research and synthesizing data, and is comfortable using Excel/Google Sheets to perform basic-to-medium level calculations and analysis

Fellowship Experience at SMCOE

This fellowship provides a unique experience to work on a small start-up team within a large formal education institution. The San Mateo County Office of Education is the first county in the state (out of 58 counties) to launch an Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative; therefore, the internship provides the opportunity to be on the leading edge of transformation and change management within the formal education system. Fellows will gain a significant amount of diverse skills through an assortment of hands-on projects, and also have the opportunity to build a robust professional network locally and at the state-wide level. Additionally, fellows will have a blend of autonomy and self-guided tasks mixed with dynamic team collaborations.


About 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.

Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative Fellow - AmeriCorps

San Mateo County Office of Education

101 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City CA 94065


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