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Conservation 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

Long Beach, 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

Long Beach Utilities is dedicated to expanding conservation programs, ensuring equitable access to water efficiency initiatives for all residents. By transforming water-thirsty lawns into vibrant California native gardens, we aim to create resilient urban green spaces while addressing climate vulnerabilities. Conservation Engagement Fellows will amplify outreach, forge partnerships, and enhance resource accessibility to empower underserved communities. With a focus on fostering community engagement and promoting environmental education, our initiatives prioritize serving neighborhoods disproportionately affected by climate change, fostering a more equitable and resilient city for all residents. Join us in advancing climate action and sustainability, making a meaningful impact on Long Beach's environmental and community resilience. Duties include, but are not limited to: Implement outreach strategies to increase participation in turf removal projects and promote the adoption of water-wise California native landscapes, fostering resilient urban green spaces. Cultivate partnerships with local non-profits and community organizations to enhance resource accessibility and support community engagement in conservation efforts. Develop educational tools and assist with native plant installation, restoration, and landscape maintenance. Coordinate community climate action events and initiatives, including tree planting and urban agriculture projects, to strengthen community climate resilience. Support the implementation of the Long Beach Climate Action Plan (LB CAP) by developing outreach strategies for climate action and sustainability 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

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor