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Community Empowerment 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

Los Angeles, 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

In response to the urgent need for urban forestry in historically underserved areas of Los Angeles, City Plants is seeking 3 Community Empowerment Fellows to join our mission. Through the Urban Forest Equity Collective (UFEC), funded research has highlighted the disparity in tree coverage. Fellows will spearhead programs planting 20,000 trees annually, educate residents, and empower them to nurture their trees, focusing on community outreach, engagement, tree planting, care, education, and social media. This pivotal role aims to increase tree cover, enhance air quality, and equip residents with essential tree care knowledge while fostering a network of Tree Ambassadors advocating for their local trees. Duties include, but are not limited to: Engage the community with in-person interactions, phone calls, emails, and social media to share info, answer questions, solicit feedback, and promote urban greening initiatives Implement planting activities, including seed sowing, transplanting, and education on proper techniques to ensure the well-being and sustained growth of trees and shrubs. Design and deliver seminars and educational resources to train the community on tree care, urban forestry, and environmental stewardship. Craft and implement communication and social media strategies to share program updates, stories, resources, and volunteer opportunities to mobilize grassroots engagement with outreach and events.

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