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Climate Action Fellow

California Climate Action Corps


Opportunity summary

Term length

09/16/2024 - 08/15/2025

Application window

05/01/2024 - 08/16/2024


Oakland, California

Hourly pay equivalent


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

Join the City of Oakland's cohort of 20 Climate Action Fellows and make a direct impact on climate justice and resiliency in one of the most diverse and dynamic Cities in the country. You will collaborate on projects that serve the community while addressing the climate crisis - including food waste recovery and re-distribution, urban greening, wildfire resiliency, and the transition to clean, resilient energy. Our large cohort model encourages you to practice leadership, learn from each other, and build lasting bonds. Fellows will collaborate with teams embedded in City departments that play key roles in implementing Oakland's Equitable Climate Action Plan. Fellows will gain a deep understanding of how City government can address climate change through an equity lens. Fellows will also build connections with Oakland's ground-breaking community organizations. We are aiming to build a strong cohort with a wide range of skills and interests. If you're passionate about equity, climate action, and making a difference in Oakland, please apply! Assist in executing Oakland's Urban Forest plan, planting trees and revitalizing urban gardens to cultivate community engagement and sustainable practices. Recruit and organize volunteers for city-wide urban greening initiatives and events, including MLK Day of Service, park restorations, and Earth Day celebrations Improve communication and engagement around Adopt-a-Spot programs and volunteer opportunities, bolstering community involvement in environmental stewardship efforts. Coordinate outreach efforts to develop a clean energy labor force in Oakland and assist in expanding initiatives to transition from natural gas to clean electric alternatives. Support outreach and education to raise emergency preparedness awareness, connecting communities with resources for resilience in environmental challenges. Facilitate the expansion of food recovery efforts, establishing food distribution facilities and engaging local food producers, to ensure sustainable practices to reduce food waste. Conduct outreach and research to develop initiatives fostering equitable employment opportunities in clean energy and repair economies.


  • $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


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

  • Urban greening
  • Wildfire resiliency
  • Organic waste and edible food recovery

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor