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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

Mount Shasta, 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

Siskiyou Land Trust (SLT) is seeking 3 Climate Action Fellows to play a pivotal role in the implementation of transformative projects aimed at enhancing wildfire resilience and restoring urban green spaces in and around Mt. Shasta City. These initiatives will mobilize local volunteers to reduce forest fuel loads, bolster native habitats, and revitalize community green areas. Fellows will actively engage with volunteers, lead restoration efforts, and contribute to educational events, fostering environmental stewardship and climate resilience throughout the region. From implementing forest management techniques to organizing educational workshops and community events, this opportunity offers hands-on experience in environmental conservation, community engagement, and forestry management. Duties include, but are not limited to: Engage and mobilize community volunteers to implement demonstration plots showcasing various forest management techniques for reducing forest fuels and enhancing wildfire resilience Design and develop interpretive signage for demonstration plots, defensible space, and home hardening to educate the community on climate resilience and sustainable forest management. Recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers in land stewardship activities - including trail and boardwalk maintenance, invasive species removal, native tree planting, pollinator habitat renewal, and community garden and orchard greenway expansion. Facilitate educational events, workshops - including restoration, garden, and meadow projects - to engage schools and the community in environmental education, climate-resilience strategies, forest health, and land stewardship. Assist SLT staff in organizing and facilitating nature walk educational series to promote environmental awareness and stewardship.

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