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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

Oakland, 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

Join Frontline Catalyst as a Climate Action Fellow and be at the forefront of transformative environmental change in Oakland's Fruitvale District. Our project aims to restore Peralta Creek, green local schools and public spaces, and establish outdoor education gardens. Centered around area schools and Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, our efforts engage the community in environmental stewardship, with Fellows leading restoration and educational initiatives. Through revitalizing the creek and enhancing local ecosystems, we empower a sustainable community with deeper connections with nature. As a Climate Action Fellow, you'll dive into diverse responsibilities, from planting shade trees to habitat restoration and developing outdoor education gardens and composting initiatives. You'll lead volunteers in urban greening initiatives 'such as invasive species removal and native plantings - and deliver educational workshops on sustainable practices, composting, and ecosystem health. Create a greener, healthier, and more resilient community. Duties include, but are not limited to: Engage community volunteers in urban greening initiatives and creek restoration projects, including invasive species removal and planting native trees and vegetation. Coordinate tree planting events and oversee post-planting care and maintenance to enhance urban green spaces, reduce urban heat, and ensure the longevity and health of trees. Develop and maintain outdoor education gardens and composting projects to promote sustainable practices and biodiversity. Deliver educational workshops on sustainable practices, composting, and creek ecosystems to raise awareness and promote environmental stewardship and urban green initiatives. Collaborate with local organizations to expand the impact of education garden, composting initiatives, and creek restoration efforts.

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
  • composting
  • outdoor education gardens
  • creek restoration

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor