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Climate Justice 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

San Diego, 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

Located in beautiful, sunny San Diego, the area that Project New Village serves includes much of the City of San Diego 's Promise Zone - Federally designation communities for increased resource allocation - National City, and the City of Lemon Grove. Join a multicultural and collaborative team to remove barriers that impede access to good food through community engagement and building alternative food ecosystems. If you are a dedicated, equity-minded individual looking to leverage your organizational skills in a dynamic and community-oriented environment, this could be the perfect growth opportunity for you. You can expect to learn about urban agriculture and neighborhood-level resource challenges in your efforts to create programs and permanent infrastructure to support community revitalization in disinvested neighborhoods. Duties include, but are not limited to: Recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers for one-time and recurring events aimed at fostering climate resilience in Southeast San Diego's communities Lead volunteers at urban gardens, composting programs, and community events aligned with the City of San Diego's Climate Action Plan to support vibrant urban green spaces. Craft engaging climate impact outreach materials to educate residents on separating food scraps for recycling, promoting sustainable practices. Develop and deliver educational initiatives to raise awareness of hyper-local food growth, climate-smart agriculture practices, regenerative soil, and carbon footprint reduction. Manage on-site food recycling efforts and participate in garden maintenance to ensure sustainable practices and vibrant urban green spaces.

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

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor