Environmental Literacy, Sustainability, and Energy Conservation Fellow

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Work Environment: Full on site and regionally within Santa Clara County school sites
Term: December 2023-September 2024
Benefits: Health care coverage, professional development, industry networking, University of California Climate Stewards Certification.

About the Santa Clara County Office of Education
The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a champion of public education, serving as an exemplary regional resource to students, parents, school districts, community agencies, and businesses. Working collaboratively with school and community partners, The SCCOE is a regional service agency that provides instructional, business, and technology services to the 31 school districts of Santa Clara County. The County Office of Education directly serves students through special education programs, alternative schools, Head Start and State Preschool programs, migrant education, and Opportunity Youth Academy. The SCCOE also provides academic and fiscal oversight and monitoring to districts in addition to the 21 Santa Clara County Board of Education authorized charter schools.

Position Overview & Description
The Fellow will support implementation of various initiatives and programs at their host organization that are focused on environmental literacy and sustainability. Depending on the project and our partners needs, this may include transportation planning and coordination such as Safe Routes to School, bus and fleet planning. Additionally, waste reduction, diversion, and infrastructure including SB 1383 compliance, climate action plan development and education related to various projects and initiatives.

This fellow’s daily responsibilities will include but are not limited to; supporting professional development programs, Identifying or curating resources related to energy conservation and efficiency, water, transportation, climate equity and justice, or other sustainability topics, data collection and analysis, and working with youth in school settings.


  • Support Capacity Building and Network Programs including support for, coordination and facilitation of professional development cohorts, workshops, summits, etc.
  • Conduct landscape analysis data on campus sustainability efforts (i.e. Green Schoolyards, Zero Waste, Clean Energy, etc.) at the school site/ district, municipal, and county level, and synthesize data for multiple stakeholders
  • Support customized technical assistance services for environmental literacy and Green School certification efforts at Santa Clara County Office of Education.
  • Support design and updates for the SCCOE’s Environmental Literacy & Sustainability Website
  • Lead writing and distribution of monthly green schools updates
  • Support development of annual recognition, certification collateral and awards within the Every Classroom a Green Classroom program and Green Schools program with a special focus on Spanish language stakeholder engagement
  • Lead development of guidelines for schools to embark on Green Classroom and Green Schools certification
  • Assist with outreach, publicity and promotions campaigns for projects, programs, and events in English and Spanish
  • Support administrative tasks such as calendar and schedule updates, and preparing program materials

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong interviewing, public speaking and presentation skills
  • Coachable, adaptable, flexible, and open to new ideas
  • Creative and personable
  • Exceptional writing skills
  • Enjoys working with youth and adults
  • History of self-management, independently motivated, and has the willingness and ability to take initiative, but also has the ability to effectively work with a team and follow directions
  • Demonstrated ability to work respectfully and effectively with others from highly differing racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds
  • Bilingual Spanish or Chinese languages is strongly desired
  • Have access to a vehicle on a regular basis to ensure access to off site locations


  • Healthcare coverage with 100% of healthcare insurance premiums covered by the employer.
  • $1,000 end-of-program financial award​.
  • Access to a national Member Assistance Program, which includes financial and legal assistance, medical advocacy, and counseling services.
  • Extensive professional and personal development training including:​Career-readiness training in interview preparation, salary negotiation, and developing a professional resume and cover letter.
  • Attending panels, workshops, and presentations by climate resilience industry professionals.
  • Professional networking opportunities.
  • University of California Climate Stewards CertificationPrestigious certification through the University of California School of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
  • This acclaimed UC California Naturalist Programprepares UC Climate Stewards to engage in and lead local solutions to advance community and ecosystem resilience.
  • Option to receive four undergraduate credits.

SEI requires employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity. We believe that a wide array of perspectives contributes to creative climate solutions where all communities thrive. We strive to reflect diverse communities, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply. A commitment to work and learn within an anti-oppression framework is required. https://www.seiinc.org/dei.html

Job Type: Temporary

Pay: $4,333.00 per month

Work Location: In person