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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

Fresno, 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

Step into the heart of climate action with Fresno Metro Ministry! As a Fellow, you'll dive into our vibrant community to tackle pollution, food insecurity, and climate change head-on. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and join us in nurturing community gardens, planting trees, and building school green spaces. Through our innovative food recovery and composting programs, you'll rescue edible food and divert organic waste from landfills, turning it into resources for our gardens. Fellows will engage community members to encourage shifts in their food-related behaviors, contributing to the transformation of their environments and food system through community gardens, urban farming initiatives, educational programming, food recovery, and redistribution. Engage over 600 volunteers, divert thousands of pounds of food waste and woody biomass, and educate over 200 students on climate action. With us, you're not just making a difference - you're cultivating a greener, healthier future for Fresno. Duties include, but are not limited to: Expand and strengthen volunteer base for edible food recovery, organic waste diversion, and urban greening programs. Coordinate gleaning events, community composting initiatives, and school garden construction, and cultivate native trees and native plants. Deliver engaging educational programming on climate action at local elementary schools Implement community composting initiatives to divert food waste and woody biomass effectively. Recover and redistribute edible food from local orchards through our gleaning program.

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
  • Organic waste and edible food recovery

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor