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Environmental Services 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

Los Angeles, 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

California Creative Learning Academy (CalCreative) offers authentic learning experiences aligned with our values of stewardship and empowerment for change. As an Environmental Services Fellow, you will engage in volunteer outreach, direct climate action, and environmental education, promoting waste diversion and urban greening initiatives. Through food rescue and redistribution, we've diverted over 4500 lbs. of organic waste from landfills and redistributed over 1700 lbs. of food to support families in need. In collaboration with LA Sanitation and Rio De Los Angeles State Park, we focus on the development of nature-centric outdoor green spaces and urban greening initiatives to mitigate the heat island effect and sequester carbon. Environmental Services Fellows will drive awareness of pollution reduction through outreach and engaging volunteer opportunities. Fellows will lead efforts in greening urban school yards, promoting waste diversion, and fostering student understanding of climate action's importance. Duties include, but are not limited to: Canvass and recruit volunteers to engage in climate action initiatives. Oversee the lunch waste diversion program, coordinating organic food diversion efforts, redirecting food waste from landfills to an off-site composting facility, and provide training to student leaders to effectively manage it. Conduct assemblies, garden lessons, camps, and field trips to educate and inspire on environmental topics. Maintain and expand urban garden areas to transform green spaces by planting native species on school grounds. Establish environmental education programming - covering topics such as food rescue, waste diversion, water conservation, global warming, and civic activism - for the Youth Environmental Leadership Club and other campus environmental programs.

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