The CivicSpark program has projects only within the state of California. Fellows who join the program will need to be in California for the full 11 months of the service year.
CivicSpark Water Fellows are placed in teams of 2-3 in regions across the state. Fellows serve with local leaders responding to statewide priorities in water management, such as implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and the California Water Action Plan.
CivicSpark Climate capacity-building projects can include:
CivicSpark Water capacity-building projects can include:
Regardless of the specific project focus, Fellows provide this support through a 4-step “intervention.”
Projects will likely focus on either research, planning, or implementation, though depending on the timeframe and beneficiary, it is plausible that a single project might include multiple stages of more than one.
Depending on project availability, some projects may no longer be interviewing for Fellows at the time of your application. We strongly encourage anyone who’s interested to apply as soon as possible in order to have more options available to you.
*We only accept applications submitted via CivicSpark’s website. Resumes submitted via email will NOT be considered.
We hope to notify applicants within three weeks of their previous interview to let them know if they move on in the selection process.
Depending on the state you’re from, the out-of-state background check results may take between 1 day to 4 weeks to reach us. Livescan results can also take between 3 days to 3 weeks, so we strongly encourage you to complete these checks as soon as you decide to accept a position with the program. To find a Livescan location near you, please visit: https://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/locations.
*Fellows must pass ALL of the background checks required of them before they can begin logging hours for the program. Fellows cannot receive a stipend check until their background checks pass.
We encourage applicants to apply by the priority deadlines as there is a preference for those who apply earlier. There is also a greater likelihood of being considered for the projects that you are more interested in.
CivicSpark’s first priority deadline is set for May 26th. Applicants who apply by this time will be the first to be contacted and to go through the interview process. The second priority deadline is June 30th. Depending on the availability of projects/positions still available, CivicSpark will accept projects on a rolling basis after the two priority deadlines. We hope to have all Fellows hired by mid-August.
Over previous years, Fellows have chosen to either assist their project sites with any volunteer events they are conducting, or assisting another organization of their choice. The volunteer engagement projects have ranged from assisting an urban agriculture non-profit in gleaning citrus fruit, to creating a collaborative to recruit volunteers to assist in landscape assessments to help reduce water use.
In exchange for their service, each Fellow receives the following benefits: