San Francisco Department of the Environment

Climate Corps Fellow: Zero Waste

Appointment Type: Fellow
Filing deadline:
Salary: Fellowship through Climate Corps
Date Issued: 5/17/19
Desired start date: 9/1/2019
Weekly Time Commitment: 40 hours/week for 11 months

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 Zero Waste Program. ClimateCorps is part of the federal AmeriCorps program, which was created to address community need through service. ClimateCorps and AmeriCorps Members make an impact in their community while gaining valuable career and life experience. Each Fellow receives $2,115/ month (before taxes) 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 Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris Recovery team, under the direction of the Zero Waste Program, implements the city’s C&D Debris Recovery Ordinance (No. 27-06), which mandates that all C&D material removed from a project must be recycled, composted, and/or reused – direct landfilling of C&D materials originating in San Francisco is illegal.

Intern Duties:
This multifaceted role involves assisting with the implementation of the C&D Debris Recovery Ordinance. Tasks include: Assisting with the review of Demolition Debris Recovery Plans (DDRPs) demonstrating how demolition materials will be recovered and verify post demolition compliance, assisting with the implementation of an electronic database for tracking registered haulers, facilities and material recovery results, researching opportunities to develop new markets for recycling and/or reusing C&D materials, and presenting information to the public, businesses and trade associations, and responding to inquiries.

Professional development opportunities:

  • The Fellow will gain knowledge and experience in many facets relating to sustainable building materials
  • management practices 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:

  • Strong organizational and project management skills; ability to handle multiple projects at once
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong public speaker

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in a language commonly spoken in San Francisco
  • Experience with zero waste implementation and/or construction & demolition industry experience

Appointment Type: Paid Fellowship.
All ClimateCorps 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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Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.