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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

Playa del Rey, 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 Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve comprises the last remaining coastal wetlands in Los Angeles - including regionally rare saltmarsh, freshwater marsh, coastal dune, and riparian habitats - and represents the 2nd largest open space in LA. Friends of Ballona Wetlands - Climate Action Fellows will collaborate with our habitat restoration, education, and science teams to engage local students and community members throughout the Los Angeles area to restore and enhance habitat at LA 's last coastal wetland. Our projects are advancing concrete climate adaptation goals, including removing fire-prone invasive species, and cultivating climate-adapted native plants and trees in their place. Fellows will provide crucial support for public and private events at the Reserve, Freshwater Marsh, and Ballona Discovery Park, as well as critical ecological rehabilitation efforts. Engage with the diverse communities of greater Los Angeles with the support of a team that prioritizes collaboration and professional development, and together, we can restore the ecosystems of the Ballona Wetlands with climate-adaptive solutions. Duties include, but are not limited to: Spearhead habitat restoration and enhancement projects by removing fire-prone invasive species, maintaining trails, and propagating, planting, and caring for native plants and trees. Organize and lead community volunteer events, welcoming weekly visits from local schools, as well as coordinating private and public events that engage the diverse Los Angeles community. Host community outreach events to advocate for native plant gardens as part of our Grow Native program, fostering environmental stewardship and awareness.

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