The County of Ventura Planning Division is Now Recruiting a CivicSpark Fellow for the 2019-20 Service Year!

The County of Ventura Planning Division 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, the Planning Division is looking for a Fellow for the 2019-20 service year (August 2019 – July 2020) to assist with updates to the County Housing Element. The Fellow will work with the Planning Division staff to update the County’s Housing Element, which will determine land use policy decisions that will facilitate housing production in the next decade. The Fellow will have the opportunity to research, analyze and present housing solutions in an engaging way for County decision makers and the public to consider when adopting the new Housing Element.

The Planning Division is looking for candidates that have an interest in the social, economic and environmental challenges faced by communities in the context of land use policies for housing development. The Fellow should have the ability to meet self-imposed deadlines, work in a highly collaborative environment as well as independently and be resourceful in using tools to keep project elements organized and running smoothly. Most importantly, the selected Fellow should possess a strong ability to synthesize and summarize complex information for the public and decision makers through graphically rich work-products. Basic Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel skills and good writing and analytical skills are important as well.

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 $6,095 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 June 1, 2018. Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted on a rolling basis.