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Community Resilience 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

El Dorado Park Community Development Corporation (EDP CDC) is dedicated to transforming urban landscapes sustainably while addressing food waste and food insecurity challenges. As part of our team, you'll contribute to increasing green spaces, enhancing biodiversity, and mitigating urban heat island effects. Additionally, you'll implement strategies to rescue surplus food from local businesses, track impact metrics, and aim on promoting sustainable landscaping practices, converting lawns into vibrant, drought-tolerant landscapes to reduce water usage and promote biodiversity. Success will be measured by metrics such as the number of trees planted, food recovery rates, water savings, and community engagement. Duties include, but are not limited to: Coordinate food recovery efforts by collecting surplus food from partners, distributing it to local food banks, expanding the donor network, and maintaining detailed inventory records. Evaluate lawns for sustainable gardens conversion, develop customized garden designs, and coordinate with local suppliers to source native plants and materials. Conduct research on best practices in urban forestry, green infrastructure, and sustainable landscaping to contribute to project development and implementation, while collaborating with community stakeholders to foster support and engagement. Facilitate educational workshops and outreach events and develop materials to promote sustainable landscaping and urban greening awareness and encourage community engagement. Collaborate with the marketing team to organize community events and campaigns, crafting and sharing success stories to raise awareness of food recovery and urban greening and promote EDP CDC initiatives.

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
  • composting

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor