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Community Compost Fellow

California Climate Action Corps


Opportunity summary

Term length

09/16/2024 - 08/15/2025

Application window

05/01/2024 - 08/16/2024


Los Angeles, 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

With LA Compost, Fellows immerse themselves in field assignments, supporting volunteer and community engagement initiatives across our Compost Cooperative, Regional Compost Hub, and Farmers - Market Drop-off programs. Empower communities by providing composting access, teaching composting skills, and spreading awareness about its benefits. Additional focuses include internal capacity-building projects, such as administrative support, event planning, volunteer management, social media, and external communications. Through canvassing, community events, and online outreach, Community Composting Fellows amplify awareness of composting options, educate at farmers' markets, and cultivate a robust volunteer network, ultimately diverting thousands of pounds of food scraps from landfills. Duties include, but are not limited to: Coordinate food scraps collection for the Farmers' Market Drop-off Program. Facilitate community compost education workshops, demonstrating compost management best practices to volunteers and at compost hub events Represent LA Compost at special events, including the organization's Annual Fundraiser, leading educational booths about composting and soil health. Manage compost systems and process food organics to increase organizational capacity for waste reduction and community climate resilience goals. Conduct community canvassing to promote local composting and soil health events.


  • $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

  • Organic waste and edible food recovery

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor