Outdoor Learning Fellow - AmeriCorps

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Redwood City, CA, United States

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27 days ago

Work Environment: Fully On Site (outdoor garden and indoor workspace)

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 Redwood High School

Redwood High School is a small alternative school that serves high school juniors and seniors who would prefer a smaller learning environment and may need help recovering credits. We serve up to 350 students a year, with 210 being on campus at any time. Student demographics include high poverty and high numbers of students of color, which is in high contrast to the district and area demographics. All students are here by choice, and all are focused on graduating and moving onto college or the trades.

In 2018, Redwood High School completed significant school renovations resulting in an inviting and welcoming campus that incorporates many aspects of sustainable design. Some of these features include on-site solar energy generation, bioswales, electric vehicle charging stations, refillable water bottle filling stations, an industrial arts space, a multimedia design space, and a culinary arts kitchen. These features, paired with the revitalization of the outdoor learning area, are supporting Redwood High School to become a model environmental school.

We began revitalizing our ¾ acre outdoor learning space in 2021/22 in order to expand opportunities to have student-centered, hands-on learning opportunities. The expansion includes the creation of a ‘food forest’ to support our student families facing food insecurity. It also includes a large chicken coop, composting, quiet space, and greenhouse.

Position Overview & Description

To provide Redwood High School students and community with a multi-use outdoor space that provides robust instructional opportunities, supports a positive school culture, is a model for schools focused on a brighter climate future, and provides resources for families in our community facing food insecurity.

Outdoor Learning Goals:

  • Develop and maintain the on-site Outdoor Learning Spaces
  • Promote the Outdoor Learning Spaces for science topics (for example soil science, composting, and biology)
  • Provide all students and staff spaces for social emotional learning and healing centered practices
  • Provide all students and staff with outdoor community building activities and experiences
  • Create and maintain a community garden/ food forest that supports students’ families and communities facing food insecurity
  • Redwood High School becomes a model environmental school


  • Provide support for the RHS school garden program including:
  • Plant propagation in our small greenhouse
  • Chicken area management
  • School food waste and compost systems
  • Ongoing maintenance (irrigation, weeding, etc)
  • Collaborate with school and community to support garden space - helping to involve our community to produce a space of healing and support
  • Collaborate with non-profit partners to support volunteer work days
  • Collaborate with teachers to design and deliver environmental focused lessons centered on the outdoor education space
  • Assist with application for Green Ribbon School certification
  • Project management and execution
  • Other tasks to be determined and agreed upon by Fellow and supervisors

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience, desire, or connections to help establish a sustainable environmental school and community
  • Someone who is flexible, organized, and can take initiative.
  • Conservation background or willingness to learn about conservation techniques.
  • Personal transportation is a plus. Access to a school van and monthly city bus pass may be available pending eligibility

Fellowship Experience at Redwood High School

  • Access to environmental leadership program
  • Be an important team member building the foundation for a sustainable campus and programming
  • Join an organization rooted in learning and development where your input is valued and trusted


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.

Outdoor Learning Fellow - AmeriCorps

Redwood High School

1968 Old County Rd Redwood City CA 94063


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