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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

Fresno, 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

Climate Action Fellows at the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust serve as frontline advocates for environmental stewardship across various Parkway properties. Engaging with the public, Fellows will foster positive connections and promote opportunities for volunteerism, recreation, and community engagement. Through hands-on involvement in habitat restoration projects, Fellows will contribute to the creation of sustainable green spaces and the revival of healthy riparian corridors, along the San Joaquin River. Fellows will collaborate on education initiatives, delivering climate-focused lessons to inspire environmental awareness and climate action. Climate Action Fellows will play a vital role in advancing the Trust's mission to create sustainable, accessible green spaces that benefit both the community and wildlife along the San Joaquin River. Duties include, but are not limited to: Recruit, train, and lead volunteers in habitat restoration projects to enhance the sustainability of green spaces along the San Joaquin River, engaging volunteers in invasive species removal, native plant revegetation, and urban greening initiatives for wildfire resilience and soil health. Develop and deliver climate-focused educational curriculum and materials to inspire environmental awareness and community engagement in urban greening activities. Enhance biodiversity and climate resilience along the river by engaging volunteers in invasive plants management, defensible space formation, planting for pollinators, and educating the community through research and hands-on activities. Organize monthly volunteer events and enhance social media strategy to increase volunteer participation and support for urban greening initiatives.

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