Sustainable Procurement and Circularity Fellow - AmeriCorps

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San Mateo, CA, United States

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23 days ago

Work Environment: Hybrid (Remote and In-person ~2-3 days)

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 Community College District (SMCCCD)

The San Mateo County Community College District is a community college system in California with three institutions: College of San Mateo in San Mateo, Cañada College in Redwood City, and Skyline College in San Bruno. The district serves more than 25,000 students each day with both day and evening classes. This Fellowship will be housed in the Facilities Maintenance, Operations and Planning Division, the Sustainability Team which has hosted over nineteen Fellows over the past eight year.

Position Overview & Description

SMCCCD Sustainability - The Fellow will assist in the development of a holistic supply chain sustainability effort and advance circularity across the District. The Fellow will also be responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the Paperless SMCCCD Program and other workplace sustainability efforts to reduce costs, create social benefits, and reduce the District’s footprint. This vital role will require an interest and passion for the technical aspects of circularity and engaging diverse audiences in behavior change for sustainability. The ideal candidate is detail oriented, a systems and design thinker, skilled at developing partnerships, and comfortable with ambiguity. This role requires someone who is willing to dive deep into our procurement, surplus and waste management processes to improve and measure performance and engage diverse audiences in behavior change for sustainability.


  • Engage students, staff, and faculty, remotely and in person, in the Paperless SMCCD Program through outreach, waste assessments, and advocacy, taking on significant program management responsibilities.
  • Explore external markets for reusable materials with specific attention to local collaborations and partnerships that support typically marginalized communities.
  • Continue documenting and benchmarking existing Zero Waste and Sustainability practices including fair labor, ethical origin, recycled content, reduced carbon footprint, and other materiality analyses in the life cycle of commonly used goods and materials.
  • Effectively collaborate with the Purchasing Department and others to improve vendor selection according to sustainability indicators; work with current vendors on building sustainable procurement processes and options; educate SMCCCD staff on the new policies.
  • Engage students, staff, and faculty in the Zero Waste Program by developing outreach materials, online educational platforms, and other Campus as a Living Lab (CaaLL) opportunities.
  • Partner with County of San Office of Sustainability, Reusable San Mateo County, and other agencies in promoting and advancing circularity.
  • Apply theory of Circular Economy to identify opportunities to refuse, reduce, and reuse items, materials, equipment, etc. within SMCCCD’s processes and materials flow.
  • Update SMCCD zero waste infrastructure inventory; ensure bins are properly located, identified clearly, and promote zero waste behaviors.
  • Reduce waste generation by 15% compared to baseline (2017).

Desired Qualifications

  • Coursework in environmental management, sustainable business and/or organizational behavior
  • Experienced with program management and outreach
  • Experience conducting waste audits and categorizing waste streams
  • Experienced in customer service and collaboration for change
  • Insatiably curious and hungry to learn
  • Driven to make education accessible to all
  • Intrinsically motivated, innovative and flexible but also collaborative, detail oriented and systematic

Fellowship Experience at SMCCCD

  • An inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused community.
  • A dynamic, flexible, and fun working environment.
  • A creative and caring culture that values community, diversity, altruism, accountability, collaboration, sustainability, and learning by doing.
  • Distinct professional opportunities to connect with, care for, and grow a community that values a cleaner, healthier, and effective learning environment.
  • Ongoing mentorship and support.
  • Access and exposure to a broad and deep network of energy and sustainability professionals. This includes access to and support of professional development opportunities, trainings, certifications, and learning resources. As a learning institution, SMCCCCD prioritizes learning and supports the continuous development of its staff.


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.

Sustainable Procurement and Circularity Fellow - AmeriCorps

San Mateo Community College District

3401 CSM Dr San Mateo CA 94402


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