CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program that is dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address emerging environmental and social equity resilience challenges such as climate change, water resource management, affordable housing, and mobility. For 11 months, 90 Fellows are placed with local governments to complete research, planning, or implementation projects that provide the support public agencies need to advance their resilience initiatives.
CivicSpark projects focus on supporting capacity in environmental and social equity resilience issues. Environmental projects focus on addressing widespread persistent environmental crises by facilitating effective solutions in areas such as energy efficiency, climate adaptation and mitigation, green infrastructure, and groundwater management. Social Equity projects focus on opportunities to relieve significant socioeconomic pressures that impact quality of life, public health, or economic opportunity in areas such as multi-modal transportation, affordable housing, and broadband access.
Fellows are spread regionally (Central Coast, Greater Los Angeles, North Coast, Sacramento area, San Diego area, San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, and Sierra Nevada) throughout the state. 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 http://civicspark.lgc.org/. You can also check out our Fellow FAQ page (http://civicspark.lgc.org/fellow-faq/) if you have any questions.
Applicants must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S., and must complete Department of Justice (DOJ), FBI, State, and NSOPR background checks prior to service. Applicants must also have:
• A 4-year undergraduate degree (i.e. Bachelor’s) from an accredited college or university.
• Commitment to the full term of service (11 months).
• 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.
Apply for the CivicSpark Fellowship online at http://civicspark.lgc.org/join-civicspark/fellow/. The priority deadline for applications is June 1, 2019. Applications submitted after the deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis.
We will only accept applications submitted via our website.