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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

Concord, 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

The Contra Costa Resource Conservation District (CCRCD) is seeking 2 passionate Climate Action Fellows to expand our efforts in engaging and educating local communities in Richmond, Bay Point, Pittsburg, and Antioch. Fellows will lead volunteer events focused on invasive species removal, native plantings, wetland restoration, and classroom education, reconnecting residents with their watersheds and fostering environmental stewardship. In collaboration with CCRCD staff, Fellows will facilitate urban greening workdays to improve schoolyards, community gardens, and local ecosystems, while also participating in fieldwork to restore creeks and wetlands. Additionally, Fellows will develop and deliver climate-related curriculum to adults and students, empowering them to make informed environmental decisions. Make a tangible difference in our communities, building awareness, and fostering the next generation of environmental leaders as a valued member of the CCRCD team. Duties include, but are not limited to: Lead urban greening workdays with volunteers to enhance schoolyards, community gardens, and restore creeks, wetlands, and riparian corridors. Design and organize volunteer events focused on invasive species removal, native plantings, wetland restoration, and environmental education to fostering community engagement and environmental stewardship. Develop and deliver climate-related curriculum to adults and students, empowering them to make informed environmental decisions and support pathways towards a sustainable lifestyle. Research and develop a targeted outreach strategy for community engagement and environmental stewardship in under-resourced communities of Richmond, Bay Point, Pittsburg, and Antioch

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

  • Urban greening
  • Wildfire resiliency

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor