2022 Climate Ready Corps

The Commission is eager to address the impacts of climate change and related policies on vulnerable populations and communities through its Climate Ready Hawaiʻi VISTA Corps!

As climate change exacerbates weather patterns and extreme weather events, it is important to equip those who do not have the resources to recover and thrive as a result of even relatively “minor” disasters and impacts, particularly vulnerable low-income and ALICE communities. At present, no coordinated statewide effort exists to identify and address the impacts of climate change and related policies on vulnerable populations and communities. The Commission is eager to address this issue through its Climate Ready Hawaiʻi VISTA Corps.

Through a grant from Americorps, ten AmeriCorps VISTA members will be in seven key offices at the state and county level for a period of three years to address climate readiness and equity issues statewide that will help our most vulnerable communities thrive and be resilient in the face of climate change induced events and impacts. The program will integrate the climate change work of these seven offices through data collection, outreach, education, and information dissemination. All VISTA members will also work together on projects that transcend departments and offices, under the direction of the Climate Change Commission’s staff.

Only right-brained AND left-brained people need apply because you’ll be using your creativity AND research skills to help make Hawaiʻi climate ready! Recruitment starts soon, so stay tuned here and on our IG/FB accounts!

POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Help the state’s Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission (Commission) operationalize its mission through the Climate Ready Hawaiʻi VISTA cohort. The mission is to promote ambitious, climate-neutral, culturally responsive strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation in a manner that is clean, equitable and resilient. The VISTA Leader will build the capacity and sustainability of the State’s VISTA program while providing support to up to 10 members during their service year. The VISTA Leader will serve as a facilitator, trainer, and mentor of VISTA members, enhancing their capabilities, the success of their individual projects, and impact of the state’s community resilience and climate change work overall. As a member of the Climate Ready Hawaiʻi cohort, and to facilitate peer to peer learning, the VISTA member will identify learning needs and coordinate ongoing professional development of the cohort. Follow us on IG and FB!

Apply by October 15, 2021

Help the Hawaiʻi Green Infrastructure Authority (HGIA) conduct community outreach and energy education — to lift vulnerable and underserved communities out of poverty by lowering their energy costs. The VISTA member will play a key role in helping HGIA reach underserved ratepayers and help them understand the benefits of installing solar. Follow us on IG and FB!

This position is now closed. If you have served 12 months with an AmeriCorps program, you are eligible for our VISTA Leader position! Apply now!

Help the Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) provide affordable transportation options for vulnerable groups. Support a transportation equity working group and help develop a workplan that addresses disparities in health, safety, and access in our transportation system. Follow us on IG and FB!

This position is now closed. If you have served 12 months with an AmeriCorps program, you are eligible for our VISTA Leader position! Apply now!

Help the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation (HDOT) incorporate resilience measures into the Highways Division’s and policies, and so, increase community resilience and equitably prepare vulnerable populations for future climate change challenges. Play a key role in building capacity to address the impacts of climate change in island communities, with particular focus on transportation strategies that support low-income and ALICE communities for whom poverty creates disproportionate economic burdens to adapt. Follow us on IG and FB!

This position is now closed. If you have served 12 months with an AmeriCorps program, you are eligible for our VISTA Leader position! Apply now!

Help the Hawaiʻi State Energy Office develop targeted outreach initiatives to better inform, educate and engage vulnerable communities in energy project decision making, access to energy conservation and clean energy resources to lower costs, increase living wage employment, and improve health and welfare outcomes. Follow us on IG and FB!

This position is now closed. If you have served 12 months with an AmeriCorps program, you are eligible for our VISTA Leader position! Apply now!

Help the Hawaiʻi State Energy Office lift vulnerable and underserved communities out of poverty by lowering their energy costs, decreasing the potential negative impacts and improving the benefits of clean energy projects, and providing higher wage, long-term employment opportunities. Play a key role in helping us build equity into our policies and programs to ensure “no one is left behind.” Follow us on IG and FB!

This position is now closed. If you have served 12 months with an AmeriCorps program, you are eligible for our VISTA Leader position! Apply now!

Help the Hawaiʻi State Energy Office lift vulnerable communities out of poverty by lowering their transportation costs, decreasing the potential negative impacts and improving the benefits of transportation energy projects, and providing higher wage, long-term employment opportunities. Play a key role in helping us build equity into our policies and programs to ensure “no one is left behind.” Follow us on IG and FB!

This position is now closed. If you have served 12 months with an AmeriCorps program, you are eligible for our VISTA Leader position! Apply now!

Help the Kauaʻi County Planning Department support youth and community outreach efforts associated with the Kauaʻi County Climate Adaptation Plan to develop ambitious, climate-neutral, culturally responsive strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Play a key role in climate change outreach through facilitating open house events, producing public education materials, conducting deep dive workshops, and more! The VISTA will also also participate in climate change-related events connected to the Hawaiʻi Congress of Planning Officials. Follow us on IG and FB!

This position is now closed. If you have served 12 months with an AmeriCorps program, you are eligible for our VISTA Leader position! Apply now!

Help the Hawaiʻi County Planning Department foster an improved quality of life for the island of Hawaiʻi’s communities through responsible and progressive planning to promote ambitious, climate-neutral, culturally responsive strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation in a manner that is clean, equitable and resilient. Play a key role in supporting the Long-Range Division to uphold the community’s vision, facilitate public participation, and drive the policy foundation that helps shape a more equitable, resilient, and sustainable future for Hawaiʻi Island.  Follow us on IG and FB!

This position is now closed. If you have served 12 months with an AmeriCorps program, you are eligible for our VISTA Leader position! Apply now!

Help the Maui County Planning Department develop a community outreach campaign in alignment with the County of Maui Planning Department Climate Action and Resilience Plan to promote ambitious, climate-neutral, culturally responsive strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Play a key role in supporting transparency and communication with public, private, and government organizations on climate action through social media, website operations, speaker series, meetings, and conferences. Follow us on IG and FB!

This position is now closed. If you have served 12 months with an AmeriCorps program, you are eligible for our VISTA Leader position! Apply now!