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Food Rescue Fellow

California Climate Action Corps


Opportunity summary

Term length

09/16/2024 - 08/15/2025

Application window

05/01/2024 - 08/16/2024


Pleasant Hill, 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

White Pony Express (WPE) is embarking on an ambitious mission to tackle food waste and insecurity in Contra Costa County, and we need your help! As our Food Rescue Fellow, you'll play a pivotal role in mobilizing volunteers, cultivating community partnerships, and spearheading educational initiatives to raise awareness about these critical issues. Fellows will recruit and coordinate volunteers for our food rescue efforts, establishing strategic partnerships to expand our reach, and lead engaging workshops and events to educate the community about food waste and insecurity. As part of our climate education activities, you'll have the opportunity to share our inspiring environmental impact story with the world. From showcasing how our food rescue program has eliminated over 17,000 tons of carbon dioxide to educating food generators about the critical role they play in climate mitigating efforts, you'll be instrumental in driving positive change. With our innovative Food Rescue Hero app revolutionizing the way we connect donors with recipients, there's never been a more exciting time to join our team. Together, we'll not only minimize food waste but also support our community's most vulnerable members, ensuring that no one goes hungry in Contra Costa County. Duties include, but are not limited to: Recruit and coordinate volunteers for food rescue efforts, ensuring efficient coordination and support for our mission. Cultivate strategic community partnerships to expand our outreach, food recovery capacity, and impact. Facilitate engaging educational workshops and events to raise awareness about food waste and insecurity in the community, requirements of SB 1383, and WPE food rescue and GHG reduction efforts. Craft dynamic content to effectively communicate our impact story, promote sustainable food choices, and engage the public through various outreach channels, marketing strategies, and social media platforms. Assist in the launch of our innovative Food Rescue Hero app, initiating a new collection and distribution system to increase food rescue capacity and ensure the food reaches those in need.


  • $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