Civic Spark

Make a Difference in Local Communities
While Launching Your Career in Sustainability!
“I’m grateful for CivicSpark. I’m grateful that this program encouraged me to leave my comfort zone and pursue new and exciting
things. I’m grateful for the LGC team and the other Fellows who always had time to answer a quick question or simply lend an ear. I’m
grateful that I now have a springboard to work in sustainability, and a better idea of which types of work I excel in. I wouldn’t trade my
year with CivicSpark for anything.”
Alyssa Pfluger, 2016-17 Water Fellow
April 2, 2018
Fellow applications for the 2018-19 service year open!
Positions are filled on a rolling basis with preference given to
early applicants.
June 1, 2018
Priority deadline for Fellow applications.
Mid-August, 2018
All positions are filled for the 2018-19 service year.
Early September, 2018
The service year begins with an orientation for the 2018-19
CivicSpark Fellow cohort.
Mid-September 2018
Local projects get underway!
Mid-August 2019
Projects wrap up and the 2018-19 CivicSpark cohort
2018-19 Service Year Calendar
Project Examples
Climate Action Plan Implementation: Implementing Climate Action Plan measures in Emeryville, Hayward, Santa
Monica, Piedmont, Union City, Walnut Creek, the Sierra Nevada, Los Angeles County, Merced County, San Luis Obispo
County, Santa Barbara County, and many more.
Sea Level Rise Adaptation: Supporting the research and creation of an
adaptation plan for sea level rise for the City of Alameda.
Disadvantaged Communities Involvement Program (DCI):
Completing a strengths and needs assessment to better engage and allocate
resources for overburdened communities in the Santa Ana River Watershed.
Water/Energy Nexus: Identifying and implementing water and energy
Kristen Wraith
CivicSpark Senior Project Manager
Local Government Commission
[email protected] | 916-448-1198 x309
As an AmeriCorps program, CivicSpark is administered by CaliforniaVolunteers, and funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
“From adventures to everyday moments, I’ve gotten so much out of my CivicSpark AmeriCorps fellowship. This isn’t a pencilpushing,
busywork sort of job – it’s a get-your-hands-dirty with the data and seize-the-opportunity for every experience sort of job. I
have gotten so much more out of this service year than I expected.”
Gilee Corral, 2015-16 Climate Fellow
Benefits Qualifications
» $16,000+ Living Allowance (before taxes) spread evenly
over 11 months
» $5,920 Segal Education Award upon completion
» SNAP (Food Stamps) for eligible participants
» Forbearance on existing qualifying student loans and
payment of interest accrued during service term
» Health insurance
» Childcare assistance for qualifying Fellows, paid to an
eligible provider of your choice
» Significant professional development training
» Network development with regional and statewide
contacts in the climate change and water management
» Connection to a network of hundreds CivicSpark alum,
and hundreds of thousands of AmeriCorps alums
AmeriCorps Requirements
» Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of
the United States of America
» Ability to pass FBI, CA DOJ, out-of-state (if applicable), and
NSOPR background checks prior to service
CivicSpark Requirements
» A 4-year degree from an accredited college or university
» Commitment to the full term of service (11 months)
» Capability to work in a professional office setting
» Strong communication (both verbal and written) and
teamwork skills
» Subject area coursework and/or professional experience in
related field
Additional preferred qualifications are listed on our website.
*This is an equal opportunity position and we prefer to place a
candidate who already lives in the community to be served.