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SCTA is Now Recruiting a CivicSpark Fellow for the 2019-2020 Service Year!

The Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) is partnering with CivicSpark, a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program that places recent college graduates with public agencies, NGOs, and state agencies throughout the state for 11 months. In collaboration with host organization staff, CivicSpark Fellows implement a needed resiliency project, while also building long-term capacity to ensure the work is sustained after their service year is completed.

Through the CivicSpark Fellowship, SCTA is looking for one Fellow for the 2019-20 service year (September 2019 – August 2020) to assist with outreach and development of mobility initiatives, including bike share and alternative commute programs. The Fellow will assist with implementation of mobility initiatives highlighted in the Shift Sonoma County: Low-Carbon Transportation Action Plan. The Fellow will help launch, expand, and promote bike share and transportation demand management elements of the Shift plan. The Fellow will support a bike share operator, SCTA and local jurisdiction staff in planning for and implementing outreach and marketing activities to support a successful pilot program. Outreach and marketing activities may include refining and implementing a marketing and outreach plan that leverages local events, partnerships, and mobility ambassadors to develop awareness and a strong user base. The Fellow will help develop post launch evaluation and reporting during the bike share pilot program. The Fellow will also assist with the expansion of local government employee commute programs and complementary countywide initiatives to support low-carbon and low-cost commutes. During the service year, Fellow will gain valuable skills in implementation of mobility programs, community outreach and engagement, local government coordination, and program evaluation.

SCTA is looking for candidates that are passionate about alternative transportation, outreach and community engagement. The ideal Fellow will have the ability clearly communicate new and less familiar programs to various municipal government staff, community groups, businesses, and community members. The Fellow should have organized and thoughtful written and verbal communication skills, and have the ability to think creatively about how to reach a diverse array of community members.

Learn more about CivicSpark by visiting their website at

CivicSpark Benefits

As AmeriCorps Members, CivicSpark Fellows have the opportunity to make an impact in their community while gaining valuable career and life experience. In exchange for their service, each Fellow will receive the following benefits:

– A living allowance of approximately $20,000+ (before taxes) spread evenly over 11 months
– Segal Education Award of $10,000 at the completion of service
– Forbearance on existing qualifying student loans and payment of interest accrued during service
– SNAP (CalFresh/Food Stamps) benefits to those who qualify
– Health insurance
– Childcare assistance to qualifying Fellows, paid to an eligible provider of your choice
– Significant professional development training
– Valuable experience in a critical environmental or social equity field
– Network development with regional and statewide contacts.

CivicSpark Qualifications

Applicants MUST be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S., and must complete Department of Justice (DOJ), State, and NSOPR background checks prior to service. Applicants must also have:

– A 4-year undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s) in a relevant field from an accredited college or university.
– Strong communication (both verbal and written) and teamwork skills; some experience with outreach, facilitation, and/or grassroots organizing is preferred.
– The capability to work in a professional office setting up to 40 hours a week.
– Commitment to the full term of service (11 months).

This is an equal opportunity position and we prefer to place a candidate who already lives in the community being served.

Application Instructions

Apply for the CivicSpark Fellowship online at

The priority deadline for applying is July 1, 2019. Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted on a rolling basis.

Request for Proposals

RFP for Civic Engagement Strategies and Polling

The Sonoma County Transportation Authority is seeking consultant services for Civic Engagement Strategies and Polling in preparation for a potential transportation tax measure that would be placed on a November 2020 Ballot.  A revised request for proposals can be found on the SCTA website at that includes specifics, timeline, and responses to questions on the RFP.

Seana L. S. Gause, Senior – Programming and Projects
Sonoma County Transportation Authority
411 King Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

We look forward to hearing from you.