CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments in California to address climate change, water, and opportunity access issues. The program places 90 motivated recent college graduates who are interested in gaining professional experience and developing technical skills in a local government agency where they can create a meaningful and lasting impact in their community. During the 11-month service year, CivicSpark Fellows will complete research, planning, or implementation projects that provide local government agencies with the support they need to advance their sustainability and opportunity access initiatives.
The program offers three thematic tracks: CivicSpark Climate (50 Fellows), CivicSpark Water (20 Fellows), and CivicSpark Opportunity Access (20 Fellows). Climate Fellows will work on projects that focus on a range of issues including energy efficiency, climate adaptation and mitigation, and greenhouse gas reduction. Water projects focus on topics such as drought response, green infrastructure, and groundwater management. Opportunity Access projects include multi-modal transportation, affordable housing, and broadband access.
Fellows are spread regionally (Central Coast, Greater Los Angeles, North Coast, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, and Sierra Nevada) throughout the state. The program is administered by the Local Government Commission (LGC) and the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR).