What is Sustainability Service Corps fellowship?
Sustainability Service Corps (SSC) fellowship is a bridge-to-career AmeriCorps Fellowship program that delivers professional development to emerging climate protection leaders who implement projects related to sustainability, education, and community engagement for municipalities, nonprofits, schools, and disadvantaged communities across California.
During the 11-month term of service, SSC Sustainability Service Corps fellowship Fellows have the opportunity to make significant contributions by leading meaningful projects while also developing as professionals, growing their networks, and establishing a career in the climate field.
SSC Sustainability Service Corps fellowship Fellows and Partners empower climate-ready communities to build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for our people and planet.
Review the list of available positions on the Fellowships page. Click on the “Apply Now” button to submit your contact information, education and experience history, and responses to brief narrative questions. List up to five Fellowships to be considered for.
May 1 – application opens
July 1 – standard deadline
Applications accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
2. Screening Call
An SSC team member will contact you to schedule a 30 minute call if your application meets the requirements. During this call you will discuss your application, career interests, and how the program works.
3. Host Partner Interviews
After the screening call, your application may be forwarded to select host partners. The host partners will reach out to you directly for interviews.
If you are chosen by a host partner, you will receive an offer letter from SSC and BACR. You must complete onboarding and background checks before starting.
SSC program orientation takes place September 5th – 8th in the SF Bay Area. Service with the host partner begins the following week.
Qualifications for Sustainability Service Corps fellowship
- AmeriCorps Requirements
- Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States*
- Ability to pass FBI, CA Department of Justice, out-of-state (if applicable), and National Sex Offender Public Registry background checks prior to service
- Sustainability Service Corps Requirements
- At least 18 years of age
- Test negatively for tuberculosis if working with minors
- Adhere to COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements determined by host organizationLive in the state of California
- Commitment to the full term of service (1700+ hours and 11 months for full-time term)
- Capability to work in a professional office or field setting
- Strong verbal and written communication and teamwork skills
- Preferred Qualifications for Sustainability Service Corps fellowship
- Passion for community-oriented climate change solutions and interest in launching a career in sustainability
- Experience with, or training in, climate science, sustainability, environmental justice, education, community outreach, and project management
- Past service experience (e.g., volunteering, community service, etc.)
- Associates degree or above AND/OR relevant experience
- Being local to the community where you will serve
*Currently, 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.
Benefits of Sustainability Service Corps fellowship
- $30,000 living allowance stipend (pre-tax) spread evenly over your program term and distributed every two weeks
- $10,000 combined Segal Education Award and California For All Education Award (upon completion of 11-month term of service)
- Healthcare benefit (includes dental and vision)
- Forbearance on existing qualifying student loans and payment of interest accrued during service.
- Childcare assistance from AmeriCorps paid to an eligible provider of your choice (for those eligible)
- Receive food assistance via CalFresh (for those eligible)
- Join a cohort of 45 emerging climate protection leaders who share a mission to make the world a better place
- Earn a certification from the University of California – Climate Stewards program
- Attend workshops and field trips highlighting prominent sustainability leaders and community solutions
- Receive a personal budget from SSC for individual professional development
- Network development and career planning for life after AmeriCorps
- Personalized mentorship and support from your SSC advisor
- Project supervision and coaching from your on-site supervisor
- Develop professional skills and build a foundation for a career in climate leadership
Equal Employment Opportunity
Bay Area Community Resources, the administrator of Sustainability Service Corps, is an equal opportunity employer. We cultivate an environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all employees and National Service members. We are firmly committed to maintaining an atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. Therefore, we enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Our management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this equal opportunity policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruitment advertising, pay, and other forms of compensation, training, and general treatment during employment.
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