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CivicSpark Fellowship

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Apply now to become a CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow for the 2022-23 service year at:


CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program where Fellows focus on planning and policy support to build local government capacity to address resilience challenges and create lasting impact in California, Washington, and Colorado communities.

CivicSpark Fellows will focus on projects in partnership with local governments such as:

  • Climate mitigation, adaptation, and decarbonization
  • Water policy and management
  • Affordable housing and sustainable mobility
  • Rural broadband
  • Equity and environmental justice

Fellows are spread regionally throughout the California, Washington, and Colorado. Each region has a Regional Coordinator who oversees the various Fellows in their area, providing guidance, mentorship, and support for the Fellows’ professional development goals. Site Supervisors are the Fellows’ on-site contact, who works with Fellows on a day-to-day basis and provides assistance on project work and supporting the Fellows’ professional growth in the workplace.

While projects vary, Fellows can expect to work on a range of tasks including meeting facilitation, community outreach, data collection and analysis, and report writing. Fellows will also have the opportunity to work on volunteer engagement projects, as well as attend regular training to build professional and technical skills. Fellows will complete their service year with a strong understanding of working with local governments as well as experience in using key tools used in the local government and/or non-profit space.

Check out some of our upcoming projects on our website:


  • $25,500 Living Allowance
  • $6,495 Segal Education Award
  • SNAP (CalFresh)
  • Student loan forebearance
  • Health insurance
  • Childcare assistance
  • Professional development training
  • Network development
  • CivicSpark and AmeriCorps alumni support


AmeriCorps Requirements

  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States*
  • Ability to pass FBI, CA DOJ, WA DOJ, out-of-state, and NSOPR background checks prior to service

CivicSpark Requirements

  • Minimum of a 2-year AA degree from an accredited college or university
  • Commitment to the full term of service (11 months, 1,700 + hours)
  • Ability to work in a professional setting (potentially remote)
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • A degree in a related field
  • One year of relevant experience
  • Past service experience (e.g., volunteering, community service, etc.)
  • Experience with, or training in, outreach, facilitation and/or education
  • Being local to the community you will serve in.


  • Experience with project implementation
  • Comfort with quantitative work, including data collection and analysis

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Please do not send any resumes or cover letters via email; we will only accept applications submitted via our website.

More opportunities with CivicSpark

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About CivicSpark


980 9th St., Suite 1700, Sacramento, CA 95814, US

Mission Statement

The Local Government Commission assists local governments in establishing and nurturing the key elements of livable communities: a healthier human and natural environment, a more sustainable economy, an actively engaged populace, and an equitable society. LGC assists local governments in developing and implementing policies and programs that help establish these key elements by: Facilitating conferences, regional workshops and other partnering opportunities; Producing guidebooks, videos, and monthly newsletters that share policy and project ideas; Providing an e-mail alert service that shares information on available state and federal grants.


CivicSpark provides high-quality, support to local and regional governments, helping California communities pursue clean energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard against climate change impacts, and implement sustainable community strategies. Our 48 AmeriCorps members, located in 9 regions of California spend 11 months completing research, planning, and implementation activities, while simultaneously supporting volunteer engagement.

Local governments receive support on the projects that matter to them, while working towards state and local goals, and contributing to the broader climate change action.


Homeless & Housing
Community, Employment, Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Sacramento, CA 95814



  • Environmental Policy
  • Urban Planning
  • Community Outreach
  • Organization
  • Project Management
  • Relationship Building




  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 40 hours per week

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