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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

Willits, 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

At the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians, we are embarking on a transformative journey, blending traditional stewardship practices, fire resilience, health, education, and community collaboration. Climate Action Fellows will collaborate with our tribe and community partners to restore fire-resilient forests, foster climate actions, and nurture an Indigenous-centered Native Plant Nursery and Education Park. Our Community Composting Program aims to divert green waste from landfills, providing nutrient-rich compost for community gardens and Indigenous food cultivation. As stewards of our land and culture, we invite Climate Action Fellows to join us in this endeavor, forging a sustainable future rooted in tradition, resilience, and community empowerment. Duties include, but are not limited to: Develop and implement wildfire resilience projects, restoring fire resilient stand structure and species composition in fire prone forests using on Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) practices. Design and deliver educational workshops and events on climate action, traditional ecological knowledge, and environmental stewardship. Coordinate and train community volunteers to support environmental initiatives and programs. Assist in developing and maintaining the native plant nursery and educational park, including composting, seed collection, propagation, and plant care. Utilize best practices from traditional ecological knowledge and sustainable living to guide program development and contribute to strategic plans.

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