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Climate Fellow

California Climate Action Corps


Opportunity summary

Term length

09/16/2024 - 08/15/2025

Application window

05/01/2024 - 08/16/2024


San Jose, California

Hourly pay equivalent


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

The Climate Fellow position with the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) presents a unique opportunity to engage with diverse communities in addressing critical environmental challenges. As Fellows, individuals will contribute to projects focused on urban greening, food waste reduction, school garden support, and the Santa Clara County Youth Climate Initiative. Fellows will adopt a multifaceted approach, engaging with communities and volunteers, and collaborate closely with SCCOE's Environmental Literacy and Sustainability team to leverage existing partnerships with community-based organizations, districts, and schools. Through a focus on Campus, Curriculum, Community, and Culture, Fellows will strive to embed sustainability principles into the fabric of educational institutions. The Climate Fellow position offers a rewarding opportunity to contribute to the advancement of environmental education and sustainability initiatives. Play a vital role in fostering a culture of environmental stewardship and resilience in Santa Clara County. Duties include, but are not limited to: Design, implement, and maintain school greening projects, fostering sustainable outdoor spaces conducive to learning and environmental stewardship. Recruit, train, and engage volunteers to design, plant, and maintain school gardens. Develop case studies and offer ongoing support to empower schools in establishing and maintaining vibrant school garden programs to align efforts in promoting climate education, green schoolyards, and addressing environmental justice concerns Lead education and outreach efforts, curate educational materials, and provide training on food waste management, native plant cultivation, and waste reduction strategies. Conduct focus groups and provide training and resources to support the Santa Clara County Youth Climate Initiative with policy and advocacy endeavors aimed at integrating climate change education into school curricula.


  • $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


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
  • Organic waste and edible food recovery

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor