Fellowship Positions

Green School Facilities Data Collection Fellow

San Mateo County Office of Education
Location 101 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City CA 94065 See location
Stipend $4500 Monthly stipend
Additional pay $1000 End of program award

Work Environment: In-person

Term (approximate): March 1, 2023 - July 31, 2023; 40 hours/week

Benefits: Health care coverage, professional development, industry networking

Overview to the San Mateo County Office of Education’s Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative

The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) is one of the first county offices of education (COEs) in the state to develop a comprehensive initiative for supporting districts and schools with integrating sustainability and climate resilient practices into all aspects of school life: Campus, Curriculum, Community and Culture. The vision for this initiative is that K-12 school communities in San Mateo County are models of sustainability and climate resiliency, and equip students with the tools, resources, and life experiences to create an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and economically thriving world.

Basic Function

One key part of SMCOE’s initiative is directly supporting districts and schools with technical assistance for moving forward sustainability and climate resiliency in campus (buildings and grounds) facilities and operations. To this end, under the direction of the assigned supervisor, the Green School Facilities Data Collection Specialist will perform a landscape data collection and analysis project that will support SMCOE and technical assistance partners to be more strategic and effective in advancing efforts forward. This project has been developed in response to needs that have been identified by multiple stakeholders (i.e. partner agencies, district decision makers, site level administrators, student and teacher leaders, state agencies, etc.). With this data, SMCOE and partner agencies will be able to more effectively identify priorities, coordinate resources and services, and catalyze engagement from district and site leaders.

Essential Duties and Qualifications

  • Conduct a landscape analysis of buildings and grounds organized both at the district and site level, and including current status and progress towards initiatives such as: energy efficiency, electrification, renewables, HVAC, EV charging, green fleet, waste management, food service, gardens, water management, etc.
  • Collect information in a landscape analysis database. Data will be shared publicly via a shareable dashboard and/or profile.
  • Communicate and collaborate with school sites and school districts to collect multiple types of data, including utilities, transportation, waste, water, etc.
  • Be able to drive a vehicle to sites throughout San Mateo County (vehicle not provided but mileage reimbursement is provided).
  • Knowledge of Excel and data management techniques.

Desired Qualifications

  • Technical background with facilities and operations, and data management.
  • Familiarity with school culture (ideal for site walks). 


  • General principles and theories of environmental sustainability, and overall knowledge of sustainability topics and issues, in particular zero waste and resource conservation.
  • Practices, procedures, and techniques involved in the planning and implementation of green facilities and operations efforts. 
  • Data entry and Google Sheets knowledge.
  • Operation of a variety of office equipment including a computer and assigned software. 
  • Record keeping and report preparation techniques.
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures related to assigned activities. Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary. 
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, courtesy, and cultural sensitivity.
  • Oral and written communication skills.


  • Operate a variety of office equipment including a computer and assigned software.
  • Collect, analyze, and utilize data.
  • Review situations, identify problems, and develop an effective course of action.
  • Review, monitor, and evaluate progress on goals and capture best practices.
  • Work independently with little direction. 
  • Meet schedules and timelines.
  • Plan and organize work.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.

Education and Experience

Any combination equivalent to: a bachelor's degree in environmental studies, data science, social science, education, or a related field and two years of experience involving sustainability, solid waste management, resource conservation, and/or working in an educational setting.

Licenses and Other Requirements

  • Valid California driver’s license. 

Working Conditions

  • Indoor and outdoor work environment.
  • Driving a vehicle to conduct work. 

Additional Requirements

  • Operate a computer keyboard
  • Read a variety of materials
  • Sit or stand for extended periods of time

SEI requires all employees to be Vaccinated against COVID-19. 

SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse communities we serve, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, older adults, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

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