Sustainability Action Plan Fellow - AmeriCorps

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Walnut Creek, CA, United States

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23 days ago

Work Environment: In person (Remote option ~2 days/week)

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 City of Walnut Creek

The City of Walnut Creek, California is located in central Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area. Walnut Creek is a city of approximately 73,000 residents and a plethora of businesses, retail, and restaurants. The Fellows will support the City’s Sustainability Action Plan, which is housed in the City’s Community Development and Public Works Departments.

Position Overview & Description

The City is in the ongoing process of implementing its existing Climate Action Plan, as well as creating its new 2030 Sustainability Action Plan. The City has incorporated Sustainability work throughout all of its departments in actions that impact both its municipal operations, as well the entire community. The Fellow would assist with outreach with internal and external stakeholders, communications and other community engagement tools to help communicate ongoing sustainability work. This may include social media, newsletter articles, emails, letters, or community meetings related to sustainability topics. Additionally, the Fellow would assist with communicating existing, new and proposed policies to outside stakeholders. For example, this may include helping staff conduct outreach to restaurants about new/existing policies like single-use foodware ordinances, polystyrene bans and plastic bag bans.


  • Work alongside City staff to support and implement both the existing Climate Action Plan and the pending 2030 Sustainability Action Plan.
  • Cultivate relationships with key external and internal stakeholders through calls, emails, meetings, and other outreach, in coordination with City staff.
  • Help engage stakeholders and obtain feedback necessary to advance the 2030 Sustainability Action Plan.
  • Develop messaging and content to promote sustainable actions throughout the community.
  • Create and implement activities and systems that support an internal Culture of Sustainability among municipal staff across all City departments.
  • Conduct outreach to educate stakeholders on new/existing policies that may impact them (such as outreach to restaurants on policies relating to single-use foodware, plastic bags, polystyrene, etc).
  • Support the development of other policies and documents that formalize and support sustainability (such as the Safe Routes to School plan to encourage walking and biking to schools).

Desired Qualifications

  • College graduate or higher, preferably with an emphasis in a field related to sustainability, environmental science, public health, government administration, or communications.
  • Commitment to furthering climate/environmental justice, with an interest in a career in local government.
  • Diplomacy, tact, and experience dealing with diverse stakeholders is a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required.
  • Must have reliable transportation to City Hall worksite.

Fellowship Experience at City of Walnut Creek

  • The City of Walnut Creek is a very collaborative and supportive work environment that provides many opportunities for mentorship and professional development.
  • The City aims to foster an inclusive environment, with an emphasis on teamwork. The Fellow would receive a high level of collaboration and coaching from their supervisor, as well as other City staff and leaders.
  • The position will allow the Fellow to be introduced to, and work with, local environmental groups and leaders. The Fellow will gain experience working in a highly-regarded municipality that aims to be at the forefront of sustainability issues. The Fellow will gain exposure to areas of communications, transportation and transportation planning, solid waste management, city planning, Clean Water, and other key municipal functions that support sustainability.


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.

Sustainability Action Plan Fellow - AmeriCorps

City of Walnut Creek

1666 N Main St Walnut Creek CA 94596


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