San Francisco Department of the Environment

Climate Corps Fellow: Green Business

Appointment Type: Fellowship
Filing deadline: Applications accepted through June 10th
Salary: Fellowship through Climate Corps
Date Issued: 5/17/19
Desired start date: 9/3/2019
Weekly Time Commitment: 40 hours/week

The Department of the Environment for the City and County of San Francisco (SF Environment) is partnering with Climate Corps to recruit a full-time Fellow for September 2019-July 2020 to assist with San Francisco's Green Business Program. Climate Corps is part of the federal AmeriCorps program, which was created to address community need through service. Participants gain valuable career and life experience while making an impact in their community. Each Fellow receives $2,115/ month 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.

The San Francisco Green Business Program assists, recognizes, and promotes local small to medium-sized businesses that volunteer to operate in a more environmentally responsible way. Businesses that meet the high set of environmental standards in the areas of energy, water, waste, and pollution prevention are recognized as certified Green Businesses by the City and County of San Francisco and the State of California.

Fellow Duties:
This multifaceted role involves working closely with small-to-medium sized businesses to help them become Green Businesses. Tasks include: developing new recruitment strategies, conducting Green Business site visits, writing environmental reports, speaking at merchant/neighborhood association meetings, contributing content for social media, and organizing Green Business networking events.

Professional development opportunities:

  • The Fellow will gain knowledge and experience in energy, water, waste and pollution prevention audits, as well as in community outreach and client relationship management.
  • The Fellow will learn about San Francisco’s environmental policies, and SF Environment's role in creating and enforcing environmental policies.
  • Access to networking opportunities with other SF Environment program staff and partners.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Naturally outgoing and articulate individual who thrives in social settings
  • Strong public speaker
  • Strong organizational and project management skills; ability to handle multiple projects at once
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Bilingual in a language commonly spoken in San Francisco
  • Experience working for or with small businesses
  • Experience with energy or water auditing, zero waste implementation and/or environmentally friendly purchasing
Appointment Type: Paid Fellowship
All Climate Corps 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:
  • $2,115/month (before taxes)
  • 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
  • Climate Change Protection Professional Certificate from Skyline College upon completion of training
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.
Application Procedure:
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All applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying experience, education, training, license, etc. at any point in the application, examination or departmental selection process. A copy of a diploma or transcripts must be submitted to verify the education requirement when requested. Verification of experience, when requested, must be on the employer’s letterhead and must show the name of the applicant, job title(s), duties, dates of service, and must be signed by the employer. City employment may be verified by submitting a performance evaluation in lieu of other verification.
Failure to provide the required verification when requested may result in rejection of application and/or removal from eligibility for referral and appointment in this class. Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will not automatically be granted but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.