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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


San Jose, 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

Fellows to lead transformative initiatives aimed at combating climate change and fostering community resilience. Fellows will have the opportunity to focus on either the groundbreaking Zero Emissions Neighborhood (ZEN) pilot or the innovative Climate Smart Challenge Platform, both designed to empower residents and drive sustainable action. In ZEN, Fellows will spearhead the implementation of Climate Smart measures in District 7, leveraging urban greening, water conservation, and electrification to create lasting impact. Meanwhile, on the Climate Smart Challenge Platform, Fellows will engage historically marginalized communities through a dynamic digital platform, fostering education, action, and measurable progress. Fellows will drive ZEN and Platform engagement forward with community events, workshops , and campaigns. Fellows will play a pivotal role in educating and empowering hundreds of residents while strengthening community resilience. Join us in shaping a sustainable and equitable future for San José, a vibrant hub of diversity and innovation at the heart of Silicon Valley. Duties include, but are not limited to: Expand operational capacity of ZEN, Climate Smart Challenge platform engagement, and other Climate Smart San José programs - including community outreach and volunteer coordination. Develop and promote educational materials and community workshops for ZEN and the Climate Smart Challenge to educate, support, and encourage volunteer and community engagement. Lead the coordination of San José's Induction Cooktop Checkout, advocating for induction technology and supporting outreach efforts. Collaborate with community members to identify prioritization for Climate Smart projects and gather feedback on implementation tactics. Monitor and evaluate engagement metrics - including workshops attendance, volunteer numbers, outreach participation, platform sign-ups and activities - for progress updates and effectiveness.


  • $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
  • climate action community engagement

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor