Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

This site is currently in beta and will grow along with the American Climate Corps.

Environmental Sustainability Fellow

California Climate Action Corps


Opportunity summary

Term length

09/16/2024 - 08/15/2025

Application window

05/01/2024 - 08/16/2024


Oakland, 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

At the heart of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) lies a commitment to sustainability and education. The Environmental Sustainability Fellow position offers a unique opportunity to contribute to our mission of environmental stewardship and student empowerment. Collaborating closely with OUSD 's Sustainability Manager and the Environment, Food and Garden Programs Team, Fellows will play a vital role in reducing waste and fostering environmental education across OUSD school sites and at The Center itself. Fellows will play a vital role in reducing waste, enhancing outdoor spaces, and fostering environmental education across OUSD school sites. Through hands-on projects in our greenhouse, garden, and compost systems, Fellows will lead educational workshops, support volunteer initiatives, and spearhead awareness campaigns on recycling, composting, and food recovery. Join us in making a tangible difference for our schools, our communities, and our planet. Duties include, but are not limited to: Develop and lead educational curriculum and activities for school field trips, assemblies, workshops, and clubs to inform and engage students and staff in waste prevention and food recovery programs. Conduct school visits to meet with school teams, assess kitchen and cafeteria operations for waste prevention and diversion, and provide reports with improvement suggestions. Craft procedures, training materials, and awareness campaigns to promote and educate on recycling, composting, and waste prevention initiatives. Develop an engaging waste diversion reporting system for schools and website content to raise awareness and enhance access to environmental sustainability initiatives for the school and District community. Provide support for the Food Donation Program - including tracking, monitoring, collaborating with partners, developing protocols, training staff, and educating students. Evaluate, research, provide recommendations, and assist in pilots at schools for improved sustainability food service ware products.


  • $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
  • Organic waste and edible food recovery

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor