Location: Oakland, CA
**Two Positions Available**
Position Title: Equity and Deep Decarbonization Fellow - Climate Corps AmeriCorps
Term of Service: Full-time, September 1, 2020 – July 15, 2021
Time requirements: 40 hours/week; 1,700 hours in 10.5 month span
About Climate Corps AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is a national service commitment that meets a community’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Climate Corps AmeriCorps partners with local government, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations across California to provide full-time service opportunities in the Bay Area supporting communities’ critical needs in building climate resilience. Climate Corps AmeriCorps fellows dedicate 1,700 hours of service in exchange for leadership and career development, and a living stipend supported by our AmeriCorps grant. Climate Corps AmeriCorps is an exciting opportunity for service-minded individuals who are passionate about building climate resilience for communities. For more information, please visit www.americorps.gov.
Description of duties:
● Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP) Development and Implementation – Oakland is finalizing a new 10-year ECAP in Summer 2020, which will guide climate and adaptation action until 2030. This is the culmination of several years of community engagement, technical analysis, and iterative plan development. Both Fellows will support ECAP implementation, including policy research, policy and program development, ongoing equitable community engagement, and coordination among City work groups across multiple departments.
● Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan Support – The City has received a planning grant from CalTrans to develop a ZEV Action Plan. Preliminary work on this Plan has begun, but the bulk of research and development is slated to occur in 2020-2021. At least one Fellow will support this work through a combination of best practices review, technical research, community outreach and engagement, and draft development. This project will address passenger vehicle electrification, ZEV infrastructure, medium- and heavy-duty vehicle electrification, and internal policy review.
● Deep Decarbonization Program Support – In 2018, Oakland became the first North American city to complete the CURB climate planning tool, analyzing the most cost effective and impactful climate programs to help Oakland reach its deep decarbonization goals. The results informed the high-level strategies in the 2030 ECAP. Both Fellows will serve with staff in ESD, the Department of Transportation, and the Planning and Building Department, to incorporate the results of CURB into strategic and long-range planning, as well as specific policy and program development. These efforts will include transportation mode shifting, vehicle electrification, building energy electrification, and improving building envelope performance.
● Public Education and Knowledge Sharing – At least one Fellow will assist in providing the Oakland community with actionable and relevant information on climate science, policy, and focus. Oakland maintains relationships with education providers from the Oakland Unified School District, Y-PLAN, private schools, and adult education providers, and is regularly asked to speak to students of all ages to help spread the understanding of the role that greenhouse gas emissions and environmental equity play in the lives of people in the community. The Fellow will regularly provide leadership in Oakland through the sharing and teaching of tomorrow’s leaders.
● Equitable Community Engagement – At least one Fellow will support engagement activities both city-wide, and with historically-underserved and frontline communities, for a number of sustainability initiatives. These efforts will entail community and stakeholder engagement. The Fellow will support staff in understanding specific needs of underserved and frontline communities, developing equitable engagement plans, and supporting the development of policies that will mitigate environmental burdens disproportionately borne by communities of color and other frontline communities.
● Municipal energy analysis support – One Fellow will spend a majority of their time focused on database management and problem solving to improve the City's energy portfolio. Energy background is preferred but not required. Tasks will include Excel-based analysis of energy trends and other activities relying on analytical and organizational skills.