Our Projects

2020-21 CivicSpark Projects

Below is a list of CivicSpark projects for the upcoming 2020-21 service year. This list is not complete – we will continue adding projects weekly as more projects are approved. On the flip side, some projects may be removed depending on the ability of the partner to fund the project amongst other pressing local government issues. Please be sure to check back constantly to see new additions and changes.

*Please note – with COVID-19 and the uncertainties for future events or community engagement, some of the project descriptions may change closer to the start of the service year (or after) given the priorities or restrictions local governments or agencies in general are facing.*

To help identify where specific projects are located, they are grouped by region, roughly following California’s Fourth Climate Assessment geographical regions. Listed under the region are the counties included within their area. To the right is a map that shows the general regions for the program.

*This map is for general reference – some projects may not necessarily fall within the regional distributions shown here.

Each project section includes the project name, organization name, the placement city, the number of Fellows that will be serving in the project (“Openings”), the focus areas, and desired skills for the project. To view a full description of the project, click on the “Project Description” under the ones you are interested in.

North Coast

Counties Included: Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino

Climate Action Planning, Broadband Deployment, and COVID Recovery

Organization: County of Mendocino
Location: Ukiah, CA
Openings: 2 of 2
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Broadband, COVID Recovery
Desired Skills: Research, GIS/Mapping, Self Motivated

Ukiah Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Plan Development

Organization: Mendocino County Water Agency
Location: Ukiah, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Water Management
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Analysis, Communication

Regional Sea Level Rise Feasibility Planning

Organization: Humboldt County Planning and Building Department
Location: Eureka, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Urban/Rural Planning
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Technical Writing, Big Picture Thinking

Clear Lake Shoreline Assessment and Inventory

Organization: Lake County Water Resources Department
Location: Lakeport, CA
Openings: 2 of 2
Project Focus: Water Management, Ecosystem/Habitat Conservation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Teamwork

Locating and Identifying Utility Assets and GIS Mapping

Organization: City of Lakeport
Location: Lakeport, CA
Openings: 2 of 2
Project Focus: Infrastructure Development, Water Management
Desired Skills: Research, Data Collection, Self Motivated

GIS-based Fire Resiliency Prioritization Plan for Lake County

Organization: Clear Lake Environmental Research Center
Location: Lakeport, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Ecosystem/ Habitat Conservation
Desired Skills: Project Management, GIS / Mapping, Flexibility / Adaptability

ArcGIS-Based Asset Management System

Organization: Lake County Special Districts
Location: Lakeport, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Infrastructure Development, Disaster Response / Emergency Management
Desired Skills: Research, GIS / Mapping, Self Motivated

Sierra Nevada

Counties Included: Nevada, El Dorado, & Eastern Placer

Catalyzing Local Government Action on Energy Resilience and Climate Adaptation

Organization: Sierra Business Council
Location: Truckee, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Data Analysis, Flexibility/ Adaptability

Sustainable Tahoe & Truckee

Organization: Sierra Nevada Alliance
Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Energy Efficiency
Desired Skills: Project Management, Technical Writing, Flexibility / Adaptability

Keep Truckee Green – CAP and Waste Reduction Programs

Organization: Town of Truckee
Location: Truckee, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Waste Management
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Marketing, Communication

Sacramento Valley

Counties Included: Butte, western Placer, Sacramento, Yolo

Urban Heat and Resiliency Support

Organization: City of Sacramento – Department of Public Works
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Research, Data Collection, Self-Motivated

Climate Planning Toolkits & Mobility Hubs for Climate Action

Organization: Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Climate Mitigation, Transportation / Mobility, Urban Planning
Desired Skills: Research, GIS / Mapping, Critical Thinking

Exploring GHG Reduction Through Land Use Planning for Placer County

Organization: County of Placer
Location: Auburn, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Urban Planning, Transportation / Mobility
Desired Skills: Research, GIS / Mapping, Big Picture-Oriented

Breaking Ground: Building Resilience, and Community Scale CAP Implementation in Chico

Organization: City of Chico
Location: Chico, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Climate Mitigation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Technical Writing, Detail-Oriented

Climate and Local Sea Level Resilience

Organization: California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
Location: Mather, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Climate Mitigation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Flexibility/Adaptability

Affordable Housing in Placer

Organization: Placer County – Community Development Resource Agency
Location: Auburn, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Affordable Housing, Urban Planning
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Marketing, Flexibility/Adaptability

Infrastructure Sustainability Rating Assessment and Climate Strategy

Organization: City of Sacramento – Department of Utilities
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 2 of 2
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Climate Mitigation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Self-Motivated

Butte County General Plan 2040 – Building a Resilient Future

Organization: Butte County Department of Development Services
Location: Oroville, CA
Openings: 2 of 2
Project Focus: Urban Planning, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Comprehensive Planning, Communication

Building Capacity and Water Resiliency for Tribal Governments and Disadvantaged Communities in CA

Organization: California Department of Water Resources – Office of the Tribal Policy Advisor, Executive Division, and Financial Assistance Branch, Division of Regional Assistance
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 2 of 2
Project Focus: Water Management, Environmental Justice
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Environmental Justice/Equity, Teamwork

Drought Resilience for Small and Disadvantaged Communities

Organization: California Department of Water Resources – Water Use Efficiency Implementation Branch
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 2 of 2
Project Focus: Water Management, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Graphic Design, Teamwork

Bounce Back and COVID-19 Recovery

Organization: City of Marysville
Location: Marysville, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Economic Development, Urban Planning
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Marketing, Leadership

San Francisco Bay Area

Counties Included: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Solano, Sonoma, San Mateo, Marin

Sustainability Open Data Analyst

Organization: City of Richmond
Location: Richmond, CA
Openings: 2 of 2
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Analysis, Communication

SFE Environment Climate Program Data Analyst

Organization: San Francisco Department of the Environment
Location: San Francisco, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Communication

Community Engagement on Climate Action Implementation

Organization: City of Dublin
Location: Dublin, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Waste Management
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Marketing, Flexibility / Adaptability

Innovation in Waste Reduction and Climate Resiliency

Organization: City of San Pablo
Location: San Pablo, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Waste Management, Climate Adaptation 
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Analysis, Self Motivated

Water Management & Climate Change Implementation

Organization: Santa Clara Valley Water District
Location: San Jose, CA
Openings: 2 of 2
Project Focus: Waste Management, Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Marketing, Flexibility/Adaptability

Sea Level Rise in the Bay Area: Building Capacity to Support Regional Planning

Organization: San Francisco Estuary Institute
Location: Richmond, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Ecosystem/Habitat Conservation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Graphic Design, Communication

Suisun Marsh Protection Plan

Organization: San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
Location: San Francisco, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Ecosystem/Habitat Conservation, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Research, Data Analysis, Critical Thinking

Building a More Resilient and Sustainable Milpitas

Organization: City of Milpitas
Location: Milpitas, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Technical Writing, Communication

Climate Action Plan Implementation, Electrification and Community Engagement

Organization: City of Piedmont
Location: Piedmont, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Energy Efficiency, Residential Building, Consumption Based Emissions
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Data Collection, Self Motivated

Getting to Zero: Implementing Innovative Climate Action Strategies

Organization: City of Albany
Location: Albany, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Climate Mitigation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Environmental Justice / Equity, Flexibility / Adaptability

Promoting Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion on the California Coast

Organization: California State Coastal Conservancy
Location: Oakland, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Water Adaptation, Public Access
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Environmental Justice/Equity, Self Motivated

Organic and Recyclable Materials – Data and Monitoring

Organization: RecycleMore
Location: Richmond, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Waste Management
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Teamwork

Building Materials Management and Embodied Carbon Reduction

Organization: San Francisco Department of the Environment
Location: San Francisco, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Waste Management, Climate Mitigation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Communication

Balancing the Needs of the Urban and Agricultural Sectors

Organization: Solano County Water Agency
Location: Vacaville, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Water Management, Energy Efficiency
Desired Skills: Project Management, Technical Skills, Self Motivated

Housing and Equity in Antioch

Organization: City of Antioch
Location: Antioch, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Affordable Housing, Climate Mitigation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Flexibility / Adaptability

Climate Action Plan Community Outreach and Zero Waste Plan Support

Organization: City of Cupertino
Location: Cupertino, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Waste Management
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Environmental Justice / Equity, Critical Thinking

Implementing Bay Area Resilience and Affordable Housing Strategies

Organization: Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Location: San Francisco, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Affordable Housing
Desired Skills: Research, Technical Writing, Teamwork

Wildfire Awareness and Emergency Outreach in Sonoma

Organization: Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District
Location: Sebastopol, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Disaster Response / Emergency Management
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Marketing, Communication

Central Valley

Counties Included: Tulare

Housing in Tulare with SB 2 Implementation

Organization: County of Tulare – Resource Management Agency
Location: Visalia, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Affordable Housing, Community Plan
Desired Skills: Research, Technical Writing, Teamwork

Building Community Leadership in the South Stockton Promise Zone

Organization: Reinvent South Stockton Coalition
Location: Stockton, CA
Openings: 2 of 2
Project Focus: Affordable Housing, Public Health
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Marketing, Flexibility / Adaptability

Central Coast

Counties Included: Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura

Climate Action Plan Update and Progress Report

Organization: County of Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Energy Efficiency
Desired Skills: Research, Technical Writing, Communication

Sustainable SLO

Organization: City of San Luis Obispo
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Openings: 2 of 2
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Analysis, Critical Thinking

Sustainability Initiatives and Community Engagement

Organization: City of Goleta
Location: Goleta, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Renewable Energy, Emergency Management, Transportation/Mobility
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Environmental Justice/Equity, Flexibility/Adaptability

Climate and Energy Planning and Implementation in Santa Cruz

Organization: City of Santa Cruz
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Infrastructure Development
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Analysis, Critical Thinking

Promoting Stormwater Capture for Groundwater Sustainability Planning Efforts

Organization: County of San Luis Obispo – Public Works
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Water Management, Stakeholder Engagement Plan
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Technical Skills, Self Motivated

Local Public Policy Development, Analysis, Implementation, and Public Engagement Assistance

Organization: County of Ventura, Resource Management Agency (Planning Division)
Location: Ventura, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Housing and Land Use Policy, Social Equity & Civic Participation
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ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Planning Division of the Ventura County Resource Management Agency is currently preparing for the adoption of a comprehensive update of their General Plan (2040 General Plan)  in the latter half of 2020. The 2040 General Plan is a long-range plan that reflects the County’s vision for the future, guides decision-making, development and resource protection in the unincorporated County through 2040. In addition, the General Plan includes Area Plans that specifically address growth, development and resource protection within nine unique planning areas of the County.

Following general plan adoption, and as part of the general plan’s implementation process, the Fellow will assist with the preparation of Area Plan updates. Because a number of the Area Plans serve some of the most vulnerable populations in Ventura County (e.g., designated disadvantaged communities), these plans will address accessibility to key services, civic participation and inclusion, public health risks from pollution and other sources, and other environmental justice concerns. As part of updating the County’s Area Plans, the Fellow will assist with key meetings, community engagement and workshops, and public hearings for the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. The Fellow will complete research, synthesize and analyze community and decision-maker input, and work with County Departments/Agencies as part of the process to develop Area Plan goals, policies, and implementation programs. As a secondary effort, the Fellow will support the Planning Division in implementation of additional general plan programs. These efforts may include assisting with the development of sustainable building strategies; working with other County Departments/Agencies as part of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory updates; and assisting with communication/outreach strategies related to climate resilience, building healthy communities and access to locally grown agriculture products. Depending on Board of Supervisor direction and Planning Division work plan priorities, implementation program priorities will be further refined during the Fellow service year.

The ideal Fellow will have an interest in and experience with local government, land use planning, environmental studies, water resources planning, energy, climate, statistics and/or GIS. They should possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, including listening, verbal communication, and collaborative problem solving. They will possess good writing/editing skills and be proficient with standard digital office tools including Office, Excel, and PowerPoint. They should have an attention to detail, ability to communicate orally and in writing, ability to juggle multiple projects and deadlines, and be comfortable working individually and in group settings. Additionally, the Fellow should have a strong ability to research, synthesize and summarize technical information for the public and decision-makers. Desired skills include experience with and/or knowledge of environmental justice/equity to assist in the development of environmental justice goals, policies and programs targeted to designated disadvantaged communities. The project’s community engagement campaign will be bilingual (English/Spanish) and therefore the ability to speak Spanish is also desirable. Additional desirable skills and interests include the ability to use GIS software, interest in public speaking, and interest in conducting public outreach.

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY

Ventura County was recently rated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the most desirable place to live. Nestled between rows of citrus and strawberry fields and 42 miles of pristine coastline, Ventura County is the ideal California community; with a small town feel there are numerous opportunities to explore local, state and national parks, such as the Channel Islands National Park, Los Padres National Forest, or the Santa Monica Mountains for surfing hiking or enjoying the vibrant culture of the area. 

The County of Ventura is the second largest employer in the county with more than 9,000 employees in 25 agencies and departments that provide various safety, social and health care services to the public. The Fellow will be serving in the Resource Management Agency’s Planning Division, comprised of dedicated, hard-working individuals and teams. The agency’s Planning Division provides land use and planning services to the public within unincorporated areas of the County. The Division’s staff provide a supportive environment with a strong foundation for mentoring Fellows.

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Greater Los Angeles

Counties Included: Los Angeles, San Bernardino

Electric Vehicle Upgrades

Organization: City of Rancho Cucamonga
Location: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Transportation / Mobility
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Communication

Decarbonizing Buildings, the Transportation Sector, and Food Systems

Organization: City of Santa Monica
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Openings: 2 of 2
Project Focus: Energy Efficiency, Climate Mitigation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Analysis, Self Motivated

Inland Southern California Climate Collaborative

Organization: Climate Resolve
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Policy Agenda
Desired Skills: Project Management, Marketing, Communication

Moving Southern California Toward a Green Region

Organization: Southern California Association of Governments
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Openings: 3 of 3
Project Focus: Public Health, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Teamwork

Advancing Climate Adaptation and Resilience in the Southern California Desert

Organization: Coachella Valley Association of Governments
Location: Palm Desert, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Ecosystem/Habitat Conservation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Self Motivated

Beverly Hills Sustainability Program Initiative

Organization: City of Beverly Hills
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Analysis, Self Motivated

San Diego Area

Counties Included: San Diego

San Diego’s Smart City Open Urban Platform (SCOUP)

Organization: City of San Diego
Location: San Diego, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Energy Efficiency, Infrastructure Development
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Data Collection, Communication

CAP & Zero Waste Outreach & Reporting

Organization: City of Encinitas
Location: Encinitas, CA
Openings: 2 of 2
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Waste Management
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Data Analysis, Self Motivated

Climate Action Plan Outreach and Sustainability Initiatives

Organization: City of Del Mar
Location: Del Mar, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Waste Management
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Data Analysis, Flexibility/Adaptability

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