CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellowship

Local Government Commission - CivicSpark Program

Posted: June 21, 2018

The CivicSpark AmeriCorps program is looking to fill 2 Fellow positions in Eureka, CA. Fellows in the program can chose from three thematic tracks: CivicSpark Climate (50 Fellows), CivicSpark Water (20 Fellows), and CivicSpark Opportunity Access (20 Fellows). Climate Fellows will work on projects that focus on a range of issues including energy efficiency, climate adaptation and mitigation, and greenhouse gas reduction. Water projects focus on topics such as drought response, green infrastructure, and groundwater management. Opportunity Access projects include multi-modal transportation, affordable housing, and broadband access.

While projects vary, Fellows can expect to work on a range of tasks including meeting facilitation, community outreach, data collection and analysis, and report writing. Fellows will also have the opportunity to work on volunteer engagement projects, as well as attend regular trainings to build professional and technical skills. Fellows will complete their service year with a strong understanding of working with local governments as well as experience in using key sustainability and water management tools.

Learn more about the program by visiting our website at http://civicspark.lgc.org/. To see the projects listed by region, you can visit Our Projects page at http://civicspark.lgc.org/our-projects/. Our second priority deadline is June 29, 2018. Applications submitted after the deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Benefits
AmeriCorps was created to address community needs through service. AmeriCorps Members have the opportunity to make an impact in their community while gaining valuable career and life experience. In exchange for their service, each Fellow receives the following benefits:

A living allowance of approximately $16,000+ (before taxes) spread evenly over 11 months
Segal Education Award of $5,920 at the completion of service
Forbearance on existing qualifying student loans and payment of interest accrued during service
SNAP (CalFresh/Food Stamps) benefits to those who qualify
Health insurance
Childcare assistance to qualifying Fellows, paid to an eligible provider of your choice
Significant professional development training
Network development with regional and statewide contacts in the sustainability field
Valuable experience in the sustainability field and the local government sector
Connection to a network of hundreds of CivicSpark alumni and hundreds of thousands of AmeriCorps Alums

Qualifications
Applicants must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S., and must complete Department of Justice (DOJ), State, and NSOPR background checks prior to service.

Applicants must also have:

A 4-year undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s) from an accredited college or university.
Climate Fellows: A degree in an environmentally related field and one year of relevant experience is preferred.
Water Fellows: A background knowledge of water policy, water management, or water-related sciences (coursework or project/professional experience) is preferred.
Opportunity Access Fellows: Experience with equity, affordable housing, or rural broadband policies and practices is preferred.
Strong communication (both verbal and written) and teamwork skills; some experience with outreach, facilitation, and/or grassroots organizing is preferred.
The capability to work in a professional office setting up to 40 hours a week.
Commitment to the full term of service (11 months).

This is an equal opportunity position and we prefer to place a candidate who already lives in the community being served.

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