Sustainability/Climate Fellowship Program

All-In Clark County


All-In Clark County Sustainability/Climate Fellowship Program

BACKGROUND
All-In Clark County is seeking Sustainability and Climate Action Fellows.  All-In Clark County is an initiative to create a more sustainable community for the well-being and prosperity of all residents of Southern Nevada, today and into the future.  

DEADLINES AND APPLYING
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Shawn McCrary at McCrary@ClarkCountyNV.gov. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis and the first review of applications will be done May 3, 2021. 

COMMITMENT
Fellows will be expected to commit approximately 20 hours per week for up to one year (1,039 hours max).  Each fellow will be assigned a mentor and will receive regular feedback and professional development opportunities and will participate in a variety of project meetings.  Each fellow will be tasked with producing essential short-term deliverables to advance critical sustainability and climate projects.  Fellows may be able to work remotely. Office is located: 4701 W. Russell Road, Las Vegas, NV 89118.

COMPENSATION
Fellows will receive compensation of $25/hour.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS
Current or recent graduate student and demonstrated interest in sustainability, climate change, grant administration and public engagement on sustainability and climate planning. 

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Employee Education & Engagement Program Fellow
In February 2021, Clark County adopted All-In Clark County Sustainability and Climate Action Plan for County operations.  Action items included developing two education programs for County employees.  First, the plan identifies a “Climate 101” education program to be provided to new County employees during new hire orientation.  The plan also calls for the development of employee awareness and energy conservation program.

The Employee Education and Engagement (EEE) Fellow will work directly with the Sustainability Program Administrator to support the development of the Climate 101 and employee energy conservation and education programs.   

The EEE Fellow will provide the following deliverables:

  • A written review of other relevant employee education program and employee engagement programs related to sustainability and climate change and recommendations for County’s program
  • A written content outline of Climate 101 employee training
  • Development of employee engagement messaging related to sustainability and climate change
  • Development of training content for Climate 101
  • A written review of other relevant employee education programs related to energy awareness and conservation and recommendations for the County’s program
  • A written content outline of an employee energy awareness and conservation program
  • Development of employee engagement messaging related to energy awareness and conservation
  • Development of content for an employee energy awareness and conservation program

Clean Cities Coalition Fellow
Clark County is seeking to form a Clean Cities Coalition and be designated by the Department of Energy. Under the day-to-day direction of the Sustainability Program Administrator, the Clean Cities Coalition (CCC) Fellow will work directly with the Sustainability Program Administrator to support the development of a Clean Cities Coalition designation and implementation of the Clean Cities Coalition program.  

The CCC Fellow will provide the following tasks/deliverables:

  • Coordinate and handle logistics for Clean Cities Planning meetings with fleet stakeholders (businesses, fuel providers, vehicle fleets, state and local government agencies, and community organizations).
  • Working with interested agencies, businesses and organizations, develop the Clean Cities program elements to include in the application:
    • Develop and define an active network of stakeholders who meet regularly and have defined roles
    • Develop a clear organizational structure
    • Develop specific, attainable goals and a strategic plan for achieving them
    • Develop strong partnerships with energy officials and other decision makers who control resources and help guide policy.
  • Implementing the strategic plan submitted as part of the Clean Cities Coalition application.  Plan elements could include actions like the following:
    • Creating networking opportunities with fleets and industry partners who have experience in alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies
    • Developing and providing technical training, workshops, and webinars
    • Creating information resources on alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, idle reduction, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving strategies and technologies
    • Creating data-driven interactive tools, calculators, and mapping applications to determine an appropriate solution
    • Providing individual consultation and technical assistance
    • Researching and pursuing funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of Energy
    • Researching and pursuing information about funding sources from state and local government agencies, nonprofits, and foundations
    • Providing assistance with funding applications
    • Creating public recognition for progress in implementing alternative fuels and energy-efficient vehicle technologies
    • Providing assistance with media outreach.

Urban Heat Fellow
The All-In Clark County Sustainability and Climate Action Plan includes a focus on improving the resilience of County operations from the impacts of climate change, particularly extreme heat and urban heat island effects.   Under the day-to-day direction of the Sustainability Program Administrator, the Urban Heat Fellow will support the development and implementation heat resilience and mitigation projects focusing on environmental justice communities that experience disproportionate impacts and have vulnerabilities to extreme heat. The position will focus on data analysis, GIS mapping, and data visualization, public engagement and education and funding development.  Candidates with education and experience in GIS/data visualization and public health will be at an advantage.   

The Urban Heat Fellow will provide the following tasks/deliverables:

  • A written review and summary of GIS mapping, literature and research related to urban heat in Clark County, Nevada.
  • Map and analyze the number and distribution of cooling stations and make recommendations to fill any gaps in cooling services, particularly focused on environmental justice communities, older adults, those in poor health and those who do not have or cannot afford air conditioning during extreme heat events.
  • Map and analyze existing County infrastructure, focusing on locations that intersect with environmental justice communities, older adults, those in poor health and those who do not have or cannot afford air conditioning.
    • Identify, map and prioritize County infrastructure with low levels of tree canopy and cover, limited shade and building and landscape characteristics that contribute to urban heat
  • Prepare a presentation on the findings of this work and make recommendations on the highest priority County infrastructure to target for heat mitigation strategies.
  • Identify target audiences to increase awareness of extreme heat and urban heat threats to public health
  • Conduct public health surveying regarding extreme heat and access to cooling and mitigation techniques
  • Develop heat resilience public messaging and recommend delivery methods
  • Develop heat resilience web content to keep urban/extreme heat information organized and updated
  • Coordinate messaging and web content updates with Department Public Information Administrator
  • Research and pursue information about funding sources from federal, state and local government agencies, nonprofits, and foundations for heat mitigation programs
  • Provide assistance with funding applications for heat mitigation projects

Clark County Real Property Management (RPM) – Energy Fellow
The RPM Energy Fellow will work directly with the Energy Program Administrator to support the development of the recycling and trash management module for Clark County’s Energy Management Information System.  

The RPM Energy Fellow will provide the following deliverables:

  • Utilize Clark County’s Energy Management Information System software to create dataset for recycling and trash accounts.
  • Create online access credentials for utility service vendor billing portal.
  • Coordinate access to all relevant accounts with the vendor.
  • Obtain a recent PDF bill for each account to be created for the vendor.
  • Coordinate between agencies to ensure a complete set of vendor accounts is provided.
  • Provide setup instructions and review billing items as needed for OCR mapping.
  • Research building assignments and accounting settings for each point of service and update database accordingly
  • Perform quality review of initial dataset.
  • Utilize dashboard module to create and customize charts, graphs, and maps.
  • Use groups and benchmarks module to rank and highlight buildings and accounts with abnormal cost and use.
  • Create custom building benchmarks.
  • Create SSRS reports showing year-over-year comparison of spending, use, and unit cost.
  • Create usage trends highlighting any differences in use pattern between two years.
  • Create monthly building manager report showing use, cost, and performance vs prior base year.
  • Research and recommend ways to optimize the recycling and trash service levels.
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