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21 Jun 2018

Temporary CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow

CivicSpark – Posted by Sacramento, California, United States


Job Description

Apply now to become a CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow for the 2018-19 service year at

CivicSparka Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address climate change, water, and opportunity access issues—is looking to fill 20 positions in the Sacramento and surrounding area. Fellows in the program can chose from climate, water, or affordable housing related projects. 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 You can also check out our Fellow FAQ page if you have any questions.


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


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.

How to Apply

Apply for the CivicSpark Fellowship online at The second priority deadline for applying is June 29, 2018. Applications submitted after the deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please do not send any resumes or cover letters via email; we will only accept applications submitted via our website.

Job Categories: Sustainability. Job Types: Temporary. Job Tags: affordable housing, alternative transportation, climate change, Community, land-use, local governments, resilience, resiliency, and water management. Salaries: Less than 20,000.

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