College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Job Posting: Climate Action Facilitator, The Ecology Center

December 1, 2009

Excellent opportunity to build community organizing, group facilitation, and leadership skills while working with a non-profit at the heart of Berkeley's environmental action. Wonderful experience towards a career in the environmental field and/or non-profit work.

Key Responsibilities:
Engage Berkeley residents in taking action on climate change by:
• Identifying Berkeley-based organizations and businesses interested in hosting a Climate Change Action Group (CCAG). Coordinate logistics of scheduling groups.
• Facilitating 4-session, 1-2 hour CCAGs at local institutions, including churches, community centers, businesses and workplaces.
• Documenting and keeping up-to-date records of community outreach efforts and results.
• Maintaining communication with the Climate Action Coordinator and providing information as requested. An approximately five hour training will be held prior to beginning group facilitation.

Program Overview:
The Ecology Center's Climate Change Action Project (CCAP) provides Berkeley residents with tools, resources, and social support to reduce their personal and community greenhouse gas emissions. Residents are invited to participate in four-session Climate Change Action Groups (CCAG) at the Ecology Center and/or receive training and host their own group with friends, neighbors, coworkers or others. Through a partnership with the UC Berkeley Chancellor's Office, the Ecology Center is able to offer facilitation for groups at workplaces and community spaces throughout Berkeley. We are looking to hire a small number of UC students, preferably graduate-level, to serve as facilitators for community-based groups and businesses.

About the Ecology Center:
For 40 years the Ecology Center has been helping residents, agencies, organizations, and businesses reduce their environmental impact. The Ecology Center provides information, products, and direct services through our Berkeley Residential Curbside Recycling Program, three Berkeley Farmers' Markets, Farm Fresh Choice food justice program, Terrain Magazine, Ecology Center store, Information Services, EcoHouse demonstration site, and our Climate Change Action Project.

Qualifications:
We are seeking a proactive worker with excellent intepersonal and communication skills, experience conducting outreach, facilitating groups, and making public presentations, a "can do" attitude, and climate change knowledge. Accountability is essential.

Required:
• Must be a current UC Berkeley student, either undergraduate or graduate.
• Able to commit to work through Spring, 2010.
• Must be able to commit to facilitating at least three groups between now and May, 09 and dedicate 15-20 hours of time per group.
• Applicants are asked to give due consideration to the demands of their academic and extracurricular schedules prior to applying. Anyone whose schedule cannot consistently accommodate the time requirements of this position is asked to refrain from submitting an application.

Work schedule and time commitments:
The Climate Action Facilitator has a fair amount of flexibility as to the particular days and times of day s/he engages in outreach and leads groups. S/he does not need to conduct outreach from the Ecology Center. Therefore, there are no set "office hours" apart from an initial training. However, s/he must be able to regularly commit time to outreach and must be somewhat flexible regarding scheduling groups. S/he should expect to spend 15-20 hours per group including outreach and facilitation; less experienced individuals may need to devote more time to outreach.

Pay:
A stipend of approximately $250 will be paid for each 4-session Climate Change Action Group facilitated with an additional $50 for transportation to and from sites and snacks for groups.

Start date: ASAP.

To Apply:
Email resume and cover letter to Debra Berliner (debra@ecologycenter.org) ASAP. Please put the position's title in the subject line. Resume and cover letter requested ASAP. Interviews will be held on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning immediately.