Sustainability Education Associate


San Rafael, CA, USA

Full time

Oct 23

About the job

The Marin School of Environmental Leadership (MarinSEL) is seeking a dedicated individual to provide 10 months of service as a full-time paid fellow focused on the multi-faceted implementation of SEI’s innovative School of Environmental Leadership program.

The fellowship will be based out of SEI’s San Rafael, Marin County Office, and out of the nearby Terra Linda High School. MarinSEL is a comprehensive four year “school within a school” program centering equity-forward and community-based environmental action in rigorous, interdisciplinary project based learning. To address real world environmental and social issues, rigorous academics are united with field-based opportunities to build sustainability leadership in all walks of life. For more information visit

Support Areas and Associated Responsibilities:

The MarinSEL Fellow will work on planning and implementing cutting edge sustainability education programs, with exposure to key components of program design, promotion/fundraising, implementation, reporting and evaluation:

1) Marin School of Environmental Leadership – Approximately 90% of the fellow’s focus will support MarinSEL. The fellow will support the Executive Director, Program Manager, and MarinSEL Lead Teacher in overall management of this program, working with teachers, students, and volunteers to ensure success. In addition to other specific areas, the fellow will be working on recruitment and admissions, teacher training, an annual Leadership Retreat, in-classroom project support, and fundraising and grant writing for MarinSEL.

The fellow will also lead the management of community partner volunteers that work directly with the MarinSEL student project teams by facilitating the scheduling of meetings and maintaining communication between all parties. This role requires continuous, active communication and outreach with students, parents, teachers and partners to ensure the ongoing success of the MarinSEL program. The fellow will have an extraordinary opportunity to work in their own capacity as a community partner, leading a sustainability project with students that they help design, under the guidance of program leadership.

2) Climate/Energy Program Support – Depending on interest, experience, and time allowed, a portion of the fellow’s time may be spent in direct support of one of our many programs in the areas of eco-education and curriculum development, green housing, and sustainable communities.

3) Proposal Support – A portion of the fellow’s focus will entail working with SEI Directors and Managers to write grant applications to fund our work.

4)Special Project Support – Under the direction of SEI’s Executive Director, the fellow will devote the balance of hours to help plan for and implement new and innovative programs that expand our team’s collective body of work and measurable impact, including expansion of the SEL program.

To learn more, visit our website:

To apply, visit:

Desired Qualifications:

The qualified candidate is skilled working across the Microsoft suite of office automation software (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, etc). Qualified candidates will also evidence excellent quantitative, written and verbal communication skills, in addition to the following:

  • Experience working in environmental education (or similar) setting -high school preferrable
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills include case study development, leading small group trainings and/or presentations, and ability to adapt tone to a broad range of stakeholders
  • Highly organized
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Thrives working in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexible
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to be an effective and enthusiastic team worker
  • Bachelor’s degree (advanced coursework a plus) in a quantitative discipline, environmental studies, or related field or equivalent work experience
  • Ability to work full-time out of our San Rafael office and Terra Linda High School, and willingness to engage in occasional overnight travel in the California region.
  • Prior energy and/or climate change work or academic experience
  • Marketing/community outreach experience
  • Event planning experience
  • Commitment to working in anti-oppression and equity-promoting frameworks
  • Ability to advance projects independently
  • Ability in creative problem solving
  • Prior volunteer management experience

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Experience in community organizing
  • Academic or professional experience in climate equity
  • Experience developing culturally relevant curriculum a plus
  • Website management experience a plus

Climate Corps Qualifications:

  • Availability for the full-time, 10-month Fellowship program, beginning in September 2021
  • Climate Corps Fellows must have completed a 4-year degree by the time the program cycle starts in September 2021.

We are looking for emerging professionals with

  • Community outreach and communications experience.
  • A connection to the placement location. This is an equal opportunity position and we prefer to place a candidate who already lives in the region being served.
  • Experience in and the drive to address racism and create race equity with the team members and programmatically.

Physical Requirements:

This position requires applicants to perform the following tasks: Read/comprehend, write, perform calculations, communicate orally, reason and analyze, use fine finger movements, use a computer and mouse, sit, stand, walk, drive a motorized vehicle, carry and/or lift up to 40 pounds, reach above shoulder level, bend, squat, crouch, kneel, push/pull, grasp.


  • Living allowance stipend of $2255 per month (before taxes)
  • Health insurance plan, with silver level benefits.
  • Assistance with student loan deferments.
  • Extensive professional development and skill building. Upon program completion, Fellows are awarded a Climate Change Protection Professional certificate by Skyline College.
  • A financial award upon program completion.

Application Process:

To become a Fellow, please submit an online application and resume. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all placements are filled. Applicants are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible in order to ensure the best chance of being placed within an organization that fits your interests and goals. Once the application is complete and has been reviewed, applicants who qualify will be contacted for an interview.

Apply here:


Climate Corps

Climate Corps is an award-winning fellowship program under SEI that provides professional

development opportunities for emerging leaders through implementation of sustainability and resiliency projects with local governments, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses. In essence, Climate Corps revolves around our Fellows to help them become the best sustainability professionals they can be. Climate Corps hires Fellows who then complete their fellowship with a specific host organization. These host organizations receive the support of these qualified, passionate, dedicated Fellows in achieving their sustainability-related goals for which the Fellows were hired. Exact details of the work depend on the host organization (for which the Fellow applies and interviews), however, all Fellows will gain real-world expertise in sustainability project implementation through their work. As such, Climate Corps simultaneously addresses climate and sustainability projects while also cultivating the next generation of environmental leaders. Since 2010, Climate Corps has worked with over 200

partners and 800 Fellows on 1,000 high-impact projects. Throughout the program, Fellows will receive one-on-one mentorship as well as monthly professional development trainings with their Climate Corps cohort. More than 85% of Fellows continue on in the sustainability field within 1 month of completing the Climate Corps Fellowship. To learn more about program outcomes, please visit the Outcomes page of our website at https://www.climatecorps.or


To see a full list of climate, energy, and sustainability positions posted by Climate Corps, please visit here: We are constantly adding positions, so make sure to frequently check this site to see if there are new opportunities available.

SEI requires employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting diversity,

inclusion, and equity. We believe that a wide array of perspectives contributes to creative climate solutions where all communities thrive. We strive to reflect diverse communities, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply. A commitment to work and learn within an anti-oppression framework is required.

Keywords: solar energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainability, environmental policy, alternative transportation planning, waste reduction, environmental education, community outreach, climate change resiliency, government, facilities, greenhouse gas reduction, climate leadership

Apply for this position Back to job

You must be logged in to to apply to this job.


Your application has been successfully submitted.

Please fix the errors below and resubmit.

Something went wrong. Please try again later or contact us.

Personal Information


View resume



Building Leaders for a Resilient World