San Francisco Department of the Environment

CivicSpark Fellow: Climate Action Strategy

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 accessibility. 

Climate Program
SF Environment’s Climate Program is tasked with leading efforts to meet City greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets. It creates processes to understand the emissions reductions trends and opportunities by sector, to stay on track towards the city’s ambitious carbon reduction targets of 40% by 2025 and 100% by 2050. This cross-functional program engages a variety of partners and stakeholders, other City departments, community-based organizations, private sector and the public to mitigate climate change impacts, green the built environment, and enhance equitable access to services in San Francisco.

Fellow Duties
The CivicSpark Fellow will support Climate and Sustainability Analysts in collecting, processing, analyzing and visualizing citywide and municipal data to maintain and improve the City’s annual GHG inventory. The Fellow will support building capacity by investigating new analytical tools and approaches and engaging local, regional, and global climate practitioners to continue improving the City’s capacity to understand and address emissions. The Fellow will also support the City’s GHG emissions pathways analysis, which entails building internal capacity to gather data and information needed to understand how each mitigation action will impact GHG emissions, as well as the broader and inclusive benefits of taking action. This project will be cross-cutting as actions must reduce emissions across the municipal, commercial and residential building sectors.

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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