CivicSpark’s Fellow Application Opens April 2, 2018!
CivicSpark’s Fellow Application for the 2018-19 service year opens soon! If you’re interested in learning more about the program, our three tracks (Climate, Water, and Opportunity Access), and the recruitment and interview process, sign up today for one of our informational webinars. Stay up to date by liking us on Facebook and subscribing to our monthly CivicSpark newsletter!
Thursday, March 29: 3 – 4 PM PDT
Tuesday, April 10: 4 – 5 PM PDT
Friday, May 4: 9:30 – 10:30 AM PDT
Monday, May 21: 3-4 PM PDT
CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments in California to address community resilience issues such as: climate change, water resource management, and access to opportunities. CivicSpark’s mission is to contribute to a more resilient and just California through National Service by:
CivicSpark Fellows support the State’s response to sustainability issues by working with local governments over the course of their 11 month-service year to complete research, planning, and implementation projects. At the same time, Fellows receive substantial professional development training and access to a network of local, regional, and state sustainability leaders.
I would consider CivicSpark just the program I needed to jumpstart my career and provide me with more possibilities for my future. Additionally, I feel so grateful to have been part of the CivicSpark fellowship program. Beyond the professional development, I have also gained friendships, knowledge and expertise as well as a great community with the Sonoma County Energy and Sustainability Division.Lauren Lum2015-16 Fellow, Bay Area Region
We are not all ‘kids who just graduated from college’, we are young professionals looking to introduce our skills and talents to a field about which many of us are passionate. We are looking to get a strong foot in that door. The times when CivicSpark helped to foster those kinds of opportunities, such as being able to participate at the California Adaptation Forum or the SEEC Forum or even meeting in professional environments, are the times I appreciated most.Arya Moalemi2015-16 Fellow, Southern California Region
I personally feel that CivicSpark has opened an endless collection of doors into many different sectors of society–certainly within the climate change, environmental and sustainability industries, but also with a variety of social justice movements that are connected in so many ways to the work that we are doing. I truly feel like we are strengthening communities–not singlehandedly, but as a collective group of passionate people working to get things done.Kriselda Bautista2014-15 Fellow, SIerra Nevada Region
CivicSpark has been excellent, because it pairs you with local leaders. It has been a huge professional development experience. It is the ultimate way to dive in head first without hitting your head on the bottom.Trevor Wilson2015-16 Fellow, Central Valley Region
The program offers three thematic tracks: Climate (50 Fellows), Water (20 Fellows), and Opportunity Access (20 Fellows). Fellows are matched with a host partner agency and project, which benefits at least one local government agency. Fellows will serve for 1,700 hours over the course of their 11 month service year. Projects are spread through seven regions across the state, including the Central Coast, Greater Los Angeles, North Coast, Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, and Sierra Nevada. Through their project work, Fellows will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in climate change response, integrated water management, affordable housing, and rural broadband, while learning technical skills and building a strong network of sustainability professionals.
Placed individually or in teams, working on climate adaptation and mitigation priorities such as alternative transportation, waste reduction, climate action planning, public health, energy efficiency, climate risk assessment, and greenhouse gas reduction.
Placed in teams of two in regions across the state, working on statewide water management priorities such as stormwater resource planning, sustainable groundwater management, integrated watershed management, and water-use efficiency.
Placed individually or in teams, working on social equity and social mobility priorities such as affordable housing development, multimodal/alternative transportation planning, and rural broadband infrastructure assessments.
All CivicSpark Fellows will provide support to local governments through the following four-step intervention model:
Day-to-day, CivicSpark Fellows will work on tasks ranging from data collection and analysis to community outreach. CivicSpark Fellows get unparalleled real-world experience, spending 11 months working alongside regional leaders and coordinators to implement cutting-edge sustainability projects for forward-looking communities. All Fellows will leave the service year with a better understanding of work within local governments, experience working on climate change, water resource management and opportunity access issues, and the ability to work successfully in a team office environment. Benefits include:
To view the projects and host agencies that our current Fellows are serving during the 2017-18 service year, visit our 2017-18 Projects list.
CivicSpark Fellows must have completed at least a 4-year degree and ideally have relevant experience in a related field. An ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:
This is an equal opportunity position and we prefer to place candidates who already live in the communities they will serve.
AmeriCorps is a national civil society program created to address the needs of local communities. AmeriCorps engages 75,000 Members annually who complete intensive service to meet community needs in education, health, public safety, security, and the environment. Since 1994, AmeriCorps Members have served over 1.4 billion hours for their communities. CivicSpark Fellows serve full time, completing a total of 1,700 hours over 11 months and working to support local communities, while gaining valuable experience and training. For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.nationalservice.gov. AmeriCorps is administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.