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Community Engagement 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

Chico, 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

At Butte Environmental Council (BEC), Fellows play a vital role in environmental engagement and education, mobilizing volunteers for tree planting and promoting food waste reduction initiatives. Through outreach efforts and collaboration with stakeholders, Fellows support BEC's efforts in edible food recovery, urban greening, and fire mitigation. Fellows will provide support for tree plantings in the community, coordinating the development of community gardens, and assist with a grassroots household food waste pick up and composting initiative. Our Rubbish and Recycling Education (RARE) program gives Fellows the opportunity to conduct education and outreach in Butte County schools as well as to charter schools, after school programs, and homeschooled students. BEC is looking for land stewards interested in vermiculture composting, recycling and rubbish education, fire mitigation efforts, and/or tree planting. Fellows can choose to fulfill their Fellowship training requirements in focus areas, such as, watershed health, urban forestry, and edible food recovery, all while making a tangible impact on environmental sustainability in Butte County. Duties include, but are not limited to: Coordinate and lead climate education community workshops, events, and volunteer projects. Develop engaging climate education outreach content - including newsletter articles, brochures, and social media posts, to raise awareness and inspire climate action. Engage with the public at community events through informative tabling sessions aimed at educating and recruiting volunteers for climate action initiatives. Cultivate partnerships with local organizations, contributing to coalition building efforts.

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
  • Wildfire resiliency
  • Organic waste and edible food recovery

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor