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Climate Action Fellow

California Climate Action Corps

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Opportunity summary

Term length

09/16/2024 - 08/15/2025

Application window

05/01/2024 - 08/16/2024

Location

Newport Beach, California

Hourly pay equivalent

$19.76

Project summary

The California Climate Action Corps (CCAC) is part of a statewide initiative to address and mitigate the effects of climate change. CCAC matches Fellows with organizations to mobilize community members to take direct climate action through education, volunteer mobilization, and assessment focused on urban greening, organic waste diversion and edible food recovery, and wildfire resiliency. This is a climate-focused, workforce development program for emerging climate and environmental leaders.

Opportunity description

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) offers a unique opportunity in the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve for 2 Climate Action Fellows to team up to engage communities across California, fostering connections to CDFW-managed lands through tours, volunteer events, and digital outreach. Collaborating with CDFW staff, Fellows will develop climate messaging to enhance social media campaigns and increase climate awareness and literacy. Through immersive tours, student engagement initiatives, outreach events, and digital content creation, Fellows will bridge the gap between climate action and the health of California's biodiversity and ecosystems. Fellows will recruit and mobilize volunteers for conservation activities, habitat restoration, and community science initiatives, contributing to climate-resilience and empowering communities in climate action and wildlife conservation. Join us in making a difference for California's wildlife and wild places. Duties include, but are not limited to: Lead climate-focused tours of CDFW-managed lands to educate the public on climate change impacts on California's biodiversity and ecosystems and our climate-resiliency efforts. Develop engaging digital content and climate messaging for CDFW social media platforms to increase climate awareness and literacy. Recruit and engage volunteers for conservation activities, habitat restoration, and community science initiatives to restore ecosystems and enhance climate resilience. Facilitate K-12 engagement on climate and biodiversity through outreach events and educational initiatives. Coordinate climate-focused outreach events to promote community engagement in conservation efforts, with a focus on identifying locally underserved communities to provide targeted support. Participate and assist staff in site specific fire resilience stewardship action.

Benefits

  • $33,600 stipend
  • $10,000 education award
  • 340 hours of professional development
  • Minimum essential healthcare
  • Loan forbearance
  • Food and childcare assistance (for those eligible)

Requirements and qualifications

Requirements

Live in California by August 16, 2024. Must be age 18 or older by August 16, 2024. Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Must be a US Citizen, US National, or lawful US resident to participate.

Preferred qualifications

An interest in climate change mitigation, volunteerism, or public service. Experience with outreach, education, training, or community behavior change. Fundamental understanding of climate change science, environmental policies in California, and/or environmental priorities. Excellent organizational, writing, interpersonal, and speaking skills.

Opportunity details

Focus area

  • Climate education / interpretation and community engagement

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor