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Climate Corps Education Outside

Are you a natural leader? Are you passionate about garden based education and teaching elementary-aged kids? Are you committed to public service? We’re looking for people who share these passions to join our growing science-and-sustainability service Corps. 

Climate Corps Education Outside (CCEO) is a yearlong AmeriCorps Fellowship program. The Climate Corps Education Outside (CCEO) program serves public elementary schools in the Bay Area. This particular position is located in Oakland, CA and we are prioritizing candidates from or familiar with this area. As a CCEO Fellow, you will teach garden-based science and environmental literacy, serving a high percentage of low-income K-5 students and many English-language learners. CCEO Fellows must be committed to social justice and have cultivated or be willing to cultivate cultural competence and humility. 

As a CCEO Fellow, you will:
  • Teach and plan ecoliteracy lessons for high needs elementary school students in the Oakland Unified School District
  • Cultivate a garden space to promote urban students’ connection to the environment and nature.
  • Activate community and volunteer power to develop a lush outdoor classroom
  • Identify and fulfill a fundraising opportunity to promote the continuation of garden programming at a school site. 
  • Participate in the CCEO professional development program biweekly alongside a cohort of emerging education and sustainability professionals.

Basic Eligibility
Fellows must:
  • Have ability to work in the US
  • Be 17 years old or older
  • Pass state criminal and FBI background checks
  • Be negative for tuberculosis
  • Be able and willing to commit to 1200 hours per year over at least one academic year*

Additional Qualifications
  • A commitment to Climate Corps Education Outside’s mission
  • Experience teaching and working with groups of students (especially ages 5-12) outdoors
  • Experience working with children and adults from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience with gardening or farming
  • Experience prioritizing and managing projects
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Competency in Spanish preferred

Candidates must be available to work from September 2020 for one academic year. During the school year, Mondays through Thursdays are dedicated to teaching in the outdoor classroom at your school site and guiding science, and sustainability efforts in the community. Two Fridays a month are designated for professional development, which includes formal learning workshops on garden-based education, leadership for community engagement, and horticulture and garden design as well as peer coaching and administration time.

*Second term is contingent on school site fit and continuation of program funding

You will receive a taxable living allowance stipend of $2,115 per month and an AmeriCorps end of program education award of $4,266.

  • Kaiser health care coverage.
  • Student loan forbearance qualification.
  • Comprehensive professional development.

To Apply:
To become a CCEO Fellow, please submit an online application and resume through the external application link on Handshake. Applicants are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible. 

SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse communities we serve, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Black, Indigenous, and People of color, people with disabilities, older adults, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Keywords: environmental education, community outreach, climate change resiliency, gardening, outdoor education, science education, environmental literacy, garden educator, nonprofit, school garden