Draft Application

20-21 Fellow Application

CivicSpark is a Governor's Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address the most pressing community resilience issues relating to the environment and social equity. CivicSpark is recruiting 90 Fellows for the 2020-21 Service Year. A list of projects for the 2020-21 service year can be found by visiting Our Projects page.

While we are continuing to accept applications on a rolling basis, we cannot guarantee at this point in our hiring process that your application will be reviewed. Please see our Fellow FAQ page if you have any questions.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all Fellows.

All fields marked with a red * are required.


Please provide your contact information.


Please confirm your understanding of key program aspects and requirements.

At this time, we are unable to accept applicants with student visas (such as F1 or F2 student visas, J1 or J2 exchange visitor visas, G series visas, etc.), or those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. All Fellows offered a position within the program will be required to provide proof of documentation before Orientation.


Please upload a PDF of your one-page resume focusing on relevant experience (Note: please save your resume using your first initial and last name. For example, ‘ASmith_Resume’).

Maximum upload size: 67.11MB
Do you have a graduate degree? *


Please list two academic and/or professional references who can speak to your experience with community resilience issues, your work ethic, and/or your experience with community service. Friends and family members CANNOT serve as references.

References will be contacted immediately upon submission of your application. They will be asked to complete a reference form within 2 weeks of your date of application submission. Please inform them to look for an email from the CivicSpark program, and be sure to follow-up with them to ensure it is completed on time. If they will be on vacation or on sabbatical, provide the email address to best reach them.

Reference 1

Reference 2


This section provides a chance to highlight specific skills and interests relevant to CivicSpark roles. The first part provides a place to list general, technical, and soft skills; the second part provides a space to list experience with and interest in specific "sectors" or issues that CivicSpark projects generally focus on.

For each skill category, please rank up to 3 responses in order (i.e. response 1 is the one you have the most experience with or understanding of, response 2 is next, etc.). In the comment box following each section, provide additional information (500 characters max) about your level of experience so that we can better understand your background and abilities.

GENERAL SKILLS: nontechnical skills relevant to many projects and roles.

TECHNICAL SKILLS: particular skills or knowledge relevant to specific projects or tasks. If you select "other", be sure to describe what other in the small box that appears below the label.

SOFT SKILLS: personality traits or habits that are often valuable assets in a professional role.

SECTOR EXPERIENCE: Please rank the top 3 areas/sectors you have the most knowledge of or experience in. If you select "other", be sure to describe what other in the small box that appears below the label.

SECTOR INTEREST: Please select the areas/sectors that you're interested in working within, given the kinds of projects you're interested in. Select only the sectors that you would be interested in working within (you may select as many as you'd like to be considered for).

Regional Preference

Please rank the following regions depending on your preferences. We will route you to partners depending on your interests. We encourage you to be critical about the regions you choose and select only regions you'd be absolutely willing to move to/serve in. If you are flexible on location, you may denote a preference for all regions. As a note, urban regions, such as the LA Area and SF Bay Area, tend to be more competitive due to the number of applicants interested in those regions.

The map on the right gives a general idea of the regions within California. At this time, we will likely NOT have any projects in the North Coast/upper Northern California areas.


This section asks for short essay responses on key topics about your interest and experience relative to the CivicSpark program. Please answer the following four questions in 250-500 words per question. We encourage you to type out the essays in a separate document and then copy and paste into the application to avoid any potential loss of information should the application not properly save.


Please provide some information about your background. This information is for data tracking purposes only - it will NOT be used in considering applicants for the program.