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Food Recovery Fellow

California Climate Action Corps


Opportunity summary

Term length

09/16/2024 - 08/15/2025

Application window

05/01/2024 - 08/16/2024


Los Angeles, 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

FoodCycle is a rapidly growing Los Angeles-based nonprofit focused on the dual mission of feeding people and diverting food from landfills. We incorporate innovative technology and original solutions to reduce the climate impact by recovering excess food and using electric vehicles and an app to support a large volunteer network. FoodCycle collaborates with a wide range of community-based nonprofits addressing food insecurity throughout the city and partners with both businesses and the government to recover more food and feed more people. Join us in our quest to divert food from landfills, fight food insecurity, and combat the effects of systemic racism. Duties include, but are not limited to: Develop strategies and materials to engage and attract potential food donors through outreach and education. Expand and strengthen volunteer base with targeted recruitment efforts, comprehensive training, seamless coordination, and ongoing support. Conduct weekly food runs - implementing quality control evaluations to recommend operational improvements and expansion opportunities.


  • $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

  • Organic waste and edible food recovery

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor