San Francisco Department of the Environment

CivicSpark Fellow: Building Materials Management and Embodied Carbon Reductions

Appointment Type: Fellowship
Filing deadline:
Salary: Fellowship through CivicSpark
Date Issued: 5/15/19
Desired start date: 9/2019
Weekly Time Commitment: 40 hours/week

The Department of the Environment for the City and County of San Francisco (SF Environment) is partnering with CivicSpark to recruit a full-time Fellow for to assist with San Francisco's Climate Program. CivicSpark is part of the federal AmeriCorps Program. Participants gain career and life experience while making an impact in their
community. Each Fellow receives $20,000 spread evenly over 11 months and a Segal Education Award of $6,095 at the completion of service.

SF Environment
The mission of SF Environment is to provide solutions that advance climate protection and enhance quality of life for all San Franciscans. SF Environment works on policy and programming in areas such as Zero Waste, Toxics Reduction, Environmental Justice, Transportation, Climate Change, Energy, Green Building, and Urban Forest. SF Environment prioritizes the following values: credibility, innovation, collaboration, equity and impact. We pride ourselves in being a trusted source of environmental information. Working with a range of partners is essential to our success, as all our initiatives are underpinned by a commitment to equity, inclusiveness and

About the Program
As the steward of the City’s zero waste goals, SF Environment is tasked with leading efforts to meet its Advancing Toward Zero Waste Commitment, a rigorous declaration from the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit that was instigated by San Francisco with more than two dozen city signatories globally. The construction and demolition sector will play a significant role in meeting this Zero Waste Commitment, since about 25% of San Francisco’s landfill is comprised of discarded building materials. After much success and local market transformation through San Francisco’s 2006 Construction and Demolition Debris Recovery Ordinance, SF Environment is now researching discarded material reduction, recovery, and markets and policy options to address changes in markets and industry practices, including upstream practices that improve recovery efforts.

Fellow Duties
The Fellow will support the City by conducting research on local, regional, state and national policy as well as industry best practices; assisting with efforts to create new and evolve existing policy recommendations; coordinating special projects and communications with stakeholders; and preparing written project materials.
The Fellow will play a critical role by helping to bridge materials management strategies that support the City’s zero waste and green building commitments. The Fellow will gain a distinct perspective about material use and discarded urban resources, embodied carbon and avoidance of landfilled organics, construction and demolition
practices, and the policies and industries that inform these areas of impact.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A 4-year degree (i.e. BA/BS) from an accredited college or university
  • Naturally outgoing and articulate individual who thrives in social settings
  • Responsible, motivated, and able to work both independently and in a team
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Excel
  • Experience researching and analyzing data
  • Proficiency with word processing, database management, Google and Microsoft products
  • Strong writing, organizational and project management skills

Desirable Qualifications

  • Enthusiasm for and education in sustainability, climate action and/or green building
  • Demonstrated ability to self-start and initiate projects

Appointment Type: Paid Fellowship
All CivicSpark Fellows are AmeriCorps Members. They make an impact in their community while gaining valuable career and life experience. In exchange for their service, each Fellow receives:

  • $20,000 Living Allowance (before taxes) spread evenly over 11 months
  • Segal Education Award of $6,095 at the completion of service
  • Forbearance on existing qualifying student loans and payment of interest accrued during service
  • Health Care Coverage is offered
  • Extensive professional and personal development training
  • SNAP (Food Stamps) – for those eligible
  • Childcare assistance to qualifying fellows, paid to an eligible provider of your choice
  • Network development with regional and statewide contacts in your project field.
  • Connections to hundreds of CivicSpark alum, and hundreds of thousands of AmeriCorps alum

Participation in this program does not guarantee continued service with the City nor any future employment with SF Environment or the City and County of San Francisco.

Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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