Program Associate - AmeriCorps

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Richmond, CA, United States

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27 days ago

Work Environment: Hybrid (Remote, In Person, Site Visits)

Term: September 2022 - August 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 Earth Team

Earth Team is a non-profit environmental education service provider. The organization was formed in 1994 by a coalition of educational, environmental, and governmental representatives who saw a need to provide curriculum connected environmental programs for high schools. The past 25 years have seen Earth Team grow from an all-volunteer run organization to a reliable and influential force in the environmental education community throughout the East Bay, CA.

Earth Team programs focus on youth development, environmental issues (waste reduction, climate change, transportation systems and air quality, watershed restoration) and emphasize hands-on experiences that drive change and innovation. The organization is committed to maintaining relationships with community partners and working hard to serve schools with limited resources and students who are often underrepresented in the outdoors and STEM / Environmental careers. Earth Team programs and outdoor excursions inspire students to develop a relationship with the outdoors, and encourage student leadership, peer-to-peer education, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and the use of information technology. Earth Team provides the opportunity for young, eager individuals to make impactful changes while growing and learning immensely.

Position Overview & Description

Earth Team is looking to hire a PROGRAM ASSOCIATE to work on the following programs: climate/ transportation/ air quality and watershed restoration. The position is primarily a field planning and field work position with some office and administrative work. The ideal candidate will have a passion for creating and delivering environmental curriculum in the classroom and action-oriented service-learning projects in the field working in an after-school setting for one year with two different teams of 12-14 high school students from a diversity of schools and backgrounds.


  • Act as a mentor and a coach for two teams of 14 interns.
  • Create and deliver culturally relevant environmental education curriculum and action-oriented service learning projects related to Earth Team’s work areas: climate/transportation, air quality/ human health and water quality/watershed restoration
  • Facilitate weekly after school meetings and monthly weekend events with intern teams relevant to project focus
  • Develop partnerships and work closely with lead teachers, project partners, expert professionals, and community members to further project goals
  • Help develop and implement community engagement events to educate school campuses and the general public on climate change and environmental efforts
  • Support the facilitation of Earth Team’s outdoor trips, including outings like kayaking, hiking, and camping
  • Fellow will work to reduce waste on and off campuses through 3 Bin system implementation in schools, individual households, and through litter mapping and removal.
  • Track, record, log, maintain, and report on all project and program metrics
  • Participate in necessary trainings/meetings related to project implementation
  • Be a genuine Earth Team ambassador, who exemplifies the Earth Team culture in all professional communications and interactions with schools and partners

Desired Qualifications

  • College degree and/or work experience in Environmental Science, STEM-Related, Youth Development, Education or alternative with an emphasis on energy or climate are preferred, but other relevant experience is considered (internships, volunteer experience etc.)
  • Passion for and experience with community engagement, cultural relevancy, and youth-lead learning
  • Must have reliable vehicle and proof of insurance for regular work-related travel throughout the greater East Bay
  • Classroom experience in energy and environmental policy
  • Community outreach and communications experience
  • Comprehension of energy systems, climate change science, California environmental policies, water conservation, and/or waste reduction
  • Excellent organizational, writing, interpersonal, and speaking skills
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to serve respectfully and effectively with individuals from highly differing racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds
  • CPR/First Aid preferred
  • Bilingual in Spanish is strongly preferred

Fellowship Experience at Earth Team

  • Earth Team will support the Fellow’s personal and professional growth by providing close mentorship with supervisor and partnership with other Program Associates. Currently, two full time Earth Team staff completed the Climate Corps Americorps fellowship and thus have unique insight and support to provide. Earth Team makes it a point to connect staff and Fellows with relevant and diverse professional development opportunities, including close collaboration with partners, Mental Health First Aid training, specific subject-based education and more.
  • Mileage reimbursement for all travel related to work will be included. This includes trips to and from school campuses and field sites.
  • Earth Team prides itself on its collaborative and fun workplace and the Fellow will be a fundamental part of our organizational community!


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.

Program Associate - AmeriCorps

Earth Team

1301 South 46th St, Building 155 Richmond CA 94804


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