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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

Los Angeles, 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

In L.A. Works' Climate Action Program, we spearhead impactful climate action days of service, rallying Los Angeles volunteers to tackle climate challenges head-on. Targeting underserved communities, including racial minorities, immigrants, and low-income residents, we aim to bridge systemic gaps in green space access and combat climate change disparities. By partnering with environmental nonprofits and schools, we empower communities to thrive through education and mobilization. Our Climate Action Fellows play a pivotal role, fostering partnerships, recruiting diverse volunteers, and orchestrating climate action events across L.A. County, from urban greening to wildfire resilience projects. Through comprehensive training and hands-on experience, we equip Fellows with both hard and soft skills, fostering a collaborative and inclusive environment where personal and professional growth flourish. Duties include, but are not limited to: Spearhead outreach efforts and cultivate partnerships with nonprofit organizations, community groups, and schools to organize climate action days of service. Drive targeted recruitment initiatives to enlist volunteers from underserved populations, including racial minorities, non-English speakers, immigrants/first-generation students, and low-income residents, enhancing inclusivity and diversity in our initiatives. Coordinate all aspects of event logistics for climate action days of service, including identifying project activities, procuring project supplies, arranging volunteer transportation, managing volunteer teams, leading projects, and offering incentives such as food and native plant giveaways. Administer pre- and post-event volunteer surveys to gauge impact and volunteer satisfaction, facilitating continuous improvement and fostering community engagement and empowerment.

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
  • Organic waste and edible food recovery

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor