ANNOUNCEMENT: CivicSpark Is Now Recruiting for the 2017-18 Service Year

From the Local Government Commission:

CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address climate change and water resource management issues. Each year, CivicSpark recruits 70 Climate and Water Fellows to provide support to local governments throughout California.

In the first two service years, Fellows provided over 130,000 hours of service, implementing targeted projects to support over 100 local government agencies. Past Fellows have supported the completion of 14 climate/energy action plans, 13 vulnerability assessments, 19 greenhouse has inventories, 150 energy reports and benchmarking assessments, and 47 community workshops.

Recent college graduates:

If you are interested in gaining experience in the climate change or water management fields while building professional skills, developing a strong network, and creating a lasting impact in local communities, apply now for the CivicSpark Fellowship! Learn more and apply at

“CivicSpark has given me the tools and resources to begin breaking down the larger issue of climate change into projects that are meaningful to the communities I am a part of. I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with passionate local leaders which has served as a constant source of inspiration and motivation to keep moving forward.” –  Skylar Johnson, Climate Fellow, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District

Local government agencies, state agencies, and non-governmental organizations:

CivicSpark matches motivated and talented young professionals with climate change and water management projects in need of support. Public agencies, state agencies, and non-governmental organizations can all host CivicSpark Fellows, as long as the project work has a connection and benefit to specific local public agencies. Learn more and apply to become a project partner at

“The CivicSpark program has been an extremely worthwhile investment. Not only do you as a local government gain much needed help to meet your climate objectives for the year but CivicSpark does an amazing job selecting highly qualified and capable fellows.” – Lauren Faber-O’Connor, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles

Learn more and apply at

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