Environmental Education Fellowship

Grades of Green is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff.

Grades of Green is hiring 2 Sustainability Service Corps Environmental Education Fellows to promote environmental education across our LAUNCH, RISE, and SOAR programs to mentor, connect, and foster environmental learning with K-12 communities.

Position Summary

This position is offered through the Sustainability Service Corps Program (SSC). SSC 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. 

The Environmental Education Fellow will work across LAUNCH, RISE, and SOAR programs to mentor, connect, and foster environmental learning with K-12 communities. 

The Fellow will provide in person support, present program opportunities, and familiarize school users with Grades of Green’s pathway of programs in LAUNCH, RISE, and SOAR, so K-12 users can access Climate Literacy and Action programming, at no cost. The Fellow will reach out to the Los Angeles region and travel across the area to directly impact K-12 campuses through the use of GOG’s climate education programs. The Fellow will work with students, educators, Principals, community members, and partner organizations to implement environmental education lessons and project based learning activities. Programming is inclusive of climate issues addressing the topics of: waste, water, energy, animals/plants, campus greening (gardens/tree planting), transportation and/or environmental justice.

This Fellow will address issues of Environmental Justice, access and equity by directly engaging and recruiting schools and districts primarily in SB535 DAC areas. By establishing contact and relationships with schools in our local region, the Fellow will expand access to school communities to have free, open source environmental education and climate mitigation strategies that will build community capacity for enhanced resiliency.

  • Location: Grades of Green (El Segundo, CA)
  • Work Environment: Hybrid (Remote & On Site) Typically 3 days in the field/office site 2 days work from home (contingent on program schedule). Having a car is recommended. Occasional weekend and evening hours required for events, approximately 4 – 10 total. Staff is available and on call for work from home days.
  • Term: September 2024 – July 2025; 1700 hours, 11 months; 40 hours/week
  • Living Allowance Stipend: $2,838.91/month
  • Position Available: 2

Overall Responsibilities

  • Support LAUNCH Eco-Lessons program: outreach/recruitment, user support, program development
  • Support RISE Climate Solutions Campaign: Advise and meet with student Green Teams in their eco-projects through the Phases of the campaign
  • Support SOAR Eco-Innovation Academy: attend industry educational tours and mentor student teams in their group project recommendations for enhanced sustainability at those industries
  • Present and conduct outreach efforts to K-12 schools to introduce Grades of Green’s environmental education programs
  • Provide in-person support and guidance to educators, students, and school administrators 
  • Assist students and educators on local school campuses groups in activities related to gardens, greening, waste sorting, energy reduction, and more!
  • Present program opportunities and benefits to school users
  • Travel locally to engage with diverse K-12 campuses and ensure broad access to Grades of Green’s learning resources. Fellow will be reimbursed in mileage at a rate of 0.67 cents per mile traveled per GOG policies and procedures.
  • Collaborate with educators, principals, and community members to tailor environmental education lessons to meet the specific needs and interests of each school
  • Work with local organizations to enhance the impact of environmental education initiatives and foster community involvement in sustainability efforts
  • Facilitate student engagement in hands-on projects focused on climate mitigation 
  • Promote campus greening initiatives (gardens and tree planting) to enhance environmental stewardship and beautify school grounds
  • Support and assist with program development
  • Support and assist with program-related events

Required Skills

Grades of Green is looking for a collaborative, motivated, and multi-faceted Fellow who is passionate about the health of our planet and wants to create long-lasting environmental impacts by educating, engaging, and elevating the next generation of Eco-Leaders.

  • Degree or work experience in a related field of study such as Environment or Education
  • Takes initiative in leading a variety of projects, with a demonstrated ability to work in an ever-changing, fast-paced landscape
  • Candidate is organized, manages daily workloads efficiently, and manages time well
  • Works well collaboratively and independently
  • Ability to creatively solve problems and brainstorm new solutions
  • Ability to prioritize and pivot, as needed
  • Access to a car (reliable transportation)
  • Experience or desire to learn systems such as powerpoint, forms, Google Suite, Microsoft office, Monday.com
  • Experience or knowledge of environmental justice is a plus
  • Educational experience, teaching experience, or environmental education is a plus
  • Fluency in an additional language to English is a plus (Spanish)

Eligibility

  • 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 organization
    • Live in the state of California
    • Commitment to the full term of service
    • Capability to work in a professional office or field setting 
    • Strong verbal and written communication and teamwork skills
  • Preferred Qualifications
    • 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

We Got Your Back

Through the Sustainability Service Corps Program, fellows will receive free healthcare coverage (w/dental & mental health), Education Award, student loan forbearance, child care allowance, CalFresh, professional development budget, UC Climate Stewards certification, industry networking.

Upon completion of the term, SSC Fellows receive a Segal Education Award of up to $7,395.00 in return for your service. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs. Fellows who complete a 1700-hour term also receive a California For All Award of $2,605.00 for educational expenses.

Interested?

Application Deadline:
July 31, 2024
Start Date:
September 3, 2024

Applications must be submitted through the Sustainability Service Corps program website at: https://www.sustainabilityservicecorps.org/fellowships

If you have questions about Grades of Green, please reach out to info@gradesofgreen.org.

Grades of Green is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff.

About Grades of Green

Grades of Green (GOG) is an environmental education nonprofit organization working with K-12 students, schools, districts, and learning communities on improving their environmental literacy and sustainability impacts through project based learning. GOG has various programs that build youth and K-12 campus eco-leadership globally, locally, virtually, and in person. 

GOG’s mission is to empower and educate K-12 eco-leaders to become planetary stewards by enacting real time projects and lessons within their campus settings. The vision of GOG is to realize a world full of young leaders who will create lasting change and protect the interests of global environmental welfare. GOG has a positive track record catalyzing the success of Fellows, having hired two of our previous Fellows as full time employees.

GOG is located at a coworking space called BizHaus. GOG is always adapting to the needs of our users, so we stay extremely relevant to the field and engaged in current conversations/field developments. GOG has passionate employees who each have their own niche of environmental or extracurricular interests. 

GOG Fellows can expect to interface with a wide variety of stakeholders from government, nonprofit, for profit, and CBOs on a local and global stage. Additionally, we attend network events in person and virtually as well as having booths at various community events. Due to our specific involvement in the K-12 community, Fellows will quickly become immersed in the CA landscape of nonprofit, environmental literacy working groups that also set the stage for K-12 environmental education efforts within CA. Fellows will have ample opportunity to network, attend community events, and become experts in public speaking. Fellows will also be introduced to key mapping tools, data collection, and education goals widely used in the environmental space.

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