Climate Justice Fellow, National Network Public Health Institute (NNPHI) Public Health AmeriCorps Program

Brief Overview:

The National Network of Public Health Institute Public Health (NNPHI) AmeriCorps Program is recruiting members for service positions that will strengthen local community resiliency and adaptation efforts to address the impacts of climate change.

Position Description:

NNPHI Public Health AmeriCorps Program has partnered with Health Resources in Action (HRiA), a public health institute based in Boston, to implement local climate advocacy and community resiliency projects and to support recruitment of members into grassroots, community-based organizations serving environmental justice communities in the Greater Boston area.

NNPHI Public Health AmeriCorps Program has partnered with Health Resources in Action (HRiA), a public health institute based in Boston, to implement local climate advocacy and community resiliency projects and to support recruitment of members into grassroots, community-based organizations serving environmental justice communities in the Greater Boston area.

Site location:
Health Resources in Action (site)

GreenRoots (service site)
90 Everett Ave 3rd Floor Suite 10,
Chelsea, MA 02150

The Climate Justice Fellow will work closely with the Climate Justice Coordinator and as a member of the climate and waterfront justice team to carry out grassroots, base-building campaigns focusing on climate resilience including sea level rise, flooding, green infrastructure, and heat island impacts among other environmental and public health impacts caused by a changing climate and environmental injustice. The work of the Climate Justice Fellow must result in broad-based resident engagement, particularly the most ethnically and racially diverse, lowest income, and hardest-to-reach residents who are most vulnerable to climate impacts. She/he/they will do this by engaging residents through door- knocking, community events and meetings, workshops and training, and community-based research.

The Climate Justice Fellow will work with residents, members, partners and allied organizations, academic partners, municipal and state agencies, businesses, and other stakeholders. This position will also connect this work in Chelsea, MA with similar work happening in Everett, MA, through a partnership with Everett Community Growers, who are also hosting a member through the AmeriCorps program. Collaboratively, the Climate Justice Fellow, the rest of the GreenRoots’ team, and the Everett Community Grower’s team will develop and implement strategies to ensure the community is prepared
Position Title: Climate Justice Fellow
Program: National Network Public Health Institute (NNPHI) Public Health AmeriCorps Program
for and resilient to climate change including fostering strong social networks to ensure neighborhood cohesion.

Additionally, the Climate Justice Fellow will work to engage residents who live in neighborhoods adjacent to Chelsea Creek, particularly the lowest-income, most vulnerable, and hardest-to-reach populations. He/She/They will work in partnership with the rest of the GreenRoots’ team and Everett Community Growers’ team to build on strategies of engagement, base building, and political education around environmental justice, transit justice, climate justice, and urban development.

Teleservice Policies
Members will receive hours for conducting service from their home (or an equivalent location) as specified in their member job description. Members are required to check in with their Host Site supervisor at least once a day during service hours (at least once via email, phone, or video conference) if timeserving to ensure the completion of required activities. Members must receive permission from their Host Site supervisor and NNPHI PH AmeriCorps Program staff before engaging in service activities at their home (or equivalent location) and must document such activities in accordance with NNPHI PH AmeriCorps requirements, except when attending the Host or Service Site in-person. Members may earn hours for timeserving when completing approved web-based training and member committee activities if their NNPHI PH AmeriCorps Operating Site staff approves the hours.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential Functions – member service activities that align with performance goals and project accomplishments.
• Attend the required NNPHI Public Health AmeriCorps program trainings and other professional development activities throughout the service period.
• Work closely with the team coordinator and program staff to build a diverse base of residents engaged in GreenRoots’ work, particularly in our climate justice campaigns.
• Ensure that residents feel engaged in and connected to GreenRoots’ organizational mission and vision.
• Lead and implement grassroots organizing efforts to engage residents, low-income residents, immigrants, people of color, and youth in community meetings focusing on climate justice and climate resilience.
• Conduct outreach on local buses, at bus stops, and train stations.
• Balance resident empowerment and engagement with project-based work and expectations.
• Coordinate projects with city agencies and other community-based agencies, as appropriate.
• Engage residents in city-wide planning processes.
• Research and share successful models that could be implemented in Chelsea, East Boston, and surrounding communities.
• Represent GreenRoots at community meetings, partner events and meetings, and regional gatherings.
• Co-develop or provide social media support to further GreenRoots’ work and messaging, including messaging around helping communities prepare for extreme weather and other disaster events.
• Implement additional opportunities to further GreenRoots work and messaging.
• Work with youth and adult members to further develop leadership skills.
• Plan, coordinate and/or provide assistance for special programs and events.

Non-Essential Functions
• Attend GreenRoots’ sponsored activities to represent Public Health AmeriCorps and conduct outreach to promote program awareness.
• (Potentially) Collaborate with research partners to plan and implement a community-based research project focusing on heat island impacts.
• (Potentially) Coordinate a multi-stakeholder roundtable focused on climate impacts, vulnerable populations, and potential solutions.

Candidate Qualifications:

GreenRoots is looking for a Climate Justice Fellow who is a quick learner, articulate, innovative, and who takes initiative and is respectful of lived experiences and community expertise. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, flexible, self-motivated, dependable, responsible, and creative. Bilingual Chelsea and East Boston residents, people of color, indigenous people, immigrants, LGBTQ, gender non-conforming, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.
• Must be 18 years of age or older by two weeks prior to your state date.
• Must have at least a high school diploma or recognized equivalent by your state date.
• Must be either a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
• Must pass mandatory National Service Criminal History Checks.
• Must not have served 4 or more prior terms of service with AmeriCorps State or National.
• Required proficiency in English and Spanish: oral and written.
• Deep understanding of climate impacts, in frontline environmental justice communities.
• Two years of experience in community organizing and program implementation
• Experience in and ability to coordinate and participate in community-based research projects.
• Experience in project coordination and implementation
• Strong understanding and commitment to the values of the Jemez Principles
• Deep understanding of climate impacts in frontline environmental justice communities.
• Strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
• Ability to work in a team, as well as to take initiative and work independently.
• Ability to work and relate with a diverse range of people and organizations.
• Ability to motivate participation and community engagement.
• Ability to represent GreenRoots in a professional manner to a wide range of partners, institutions, and community-based organizations.
• Ability to work some evenings and weekends.
• Direct or indirect experience with communications and/or public health and a strong desire to effect change across the public health sphere.

How to Apply:

Terms of Service
This is a one-year (12-month) full-time (40 hours/week) service position. Work will take place fully in- person (100%). In-person activities may be held at the offices of GreenRoots, Everett Community Growers, or at one of Everett Community Growers’ urban agriculture sites, or at various locations throughout Everett and Chelsea. Business hours are 9 am-6 pm Monday-Friday, with some evenings and weekends.

• Amount of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award offered upon completion of a term of service. Members who successfully complete a full-time service term of 1,700 hours is $6,345, and the award amount for members who complete a three-quarter time service term of 1,200 hours is
• Amount of living allowance $22,000.00/year
• Benefits include $450/month for healthcare coverage and $150/month for housing needs.
• Non-tangible benefits include making a difference in their community, supporting a grassroots environmental health and justice community-based organization, & receiving capacity-building training

NNPHI Public Health AmeriCorps will not discriminate for or against any AmeriCorps service member or applicant based on race, color, creed, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, familial status, military service, or any other category protected by law.

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