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Climate Resiliency 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

Markleeville, 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

Join the Alpine Watershed Group (AWG) for a unique opportunity to drive impactful change in the Sierra Nevada Region. Fellows will lead initiatives to implement sustainable and climate-resilient land management practices - including post-fire restoration and monitoring. Fellows will also engage the community in climate change education, the expansion of Alpine County 's food recovery program, and support for landscape wildfire resilience. With 23% of residents identifying as American Indian Washoe, Fellows will actively participate in community events to foster cultural exchange and understanding. Additionally, with 95% of Alpine County being public lands, Fellows will collaborate with various agencies such as the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and California State Parks to further conservation efforts and promote environmental stewardship. Duties include, but are not limited to: Spearhead community engagement efforts to enhance wildfire resilience, promoting collaborative approaches for sustainable forest management. Strengthen the county's environmental response capabilities by leveraging local expertise, monitoring environmental shifts, and implementing targeted restoration projects. Lead environmental education lessons with local schools to enhance learning opportunities on watersheds, ecosystems, climate change and wildfire, and environmental stewardship. Engage the Washoe community - building bridges between all county residents - by participating in community events to listen, learn, and share knowledge. Support the Washoe Environmental Protection Department in establishing a native plant nursery.

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

  • Wildfire resiliency
  • Organic waste and edible food recovery

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor