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Education and Engagement Fellow

California Climate Action Corps


Opportunity summary

Term length

09/16/2024 - 08/15/2025

Application window

05/01/2024 - 08/16/2024


San Jose, California

Hourly pay equivalent


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

Join the California Native Garden Foundation (CNGF) as an Education and Engagement Fellow and take part in our transformative initiatives to build a network of regenerative urban farms and teaching gardens through the Build 25 Initiative. As part of this effort, you'll assist in implementing our model focused on urban greening; organic waste diversion; and sustainable food production, reducing our carbon footprint with on-site composting and greywater systems. Additionally, Fellows will contribute to workforce development programs, facilitating educational sessions on ecological land management and composting, and converting urban landscapes into vibrant native gardens. Collaborate closely with staff and volunteers to recruit and train climate volunteers, organize community events, and educate community members on sustainable practices. Make a difference with CNGF and help create healthier, greener communities for all. Duties include, but are not limited to: Assist in the implementation of the Build 25 Initiative, focusing on expanding urban green spaces and promoting regenerative soil solutions. Support workforce development programs by facilitating educational sessions on ecological land management and regenerative organic agriculture to promote native vegetation and organic waste reduction. Recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers and interns to transform urban land into sustainable native gardens, develop community compost programs, and recover excess food in schoolyards, correctional facilities, non-profits, and county parks. Develop educational curriculum, materials, and content to support community engagement and outreach efforts through social media, events, and workshops. Contribute to the design and management of native gardens and regenerative organic farms.


  • $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


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