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Forest Resilience 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

San Bernardino, 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

Forest Resilience Fellows at San Bernardino National Forest will play a vital role in enhancing wildfire resilience and community engagement. Fellows will collaborate with the Wildfire Crisis Strategy team to assess and elevate current efforts, while also leading greening projects across National Forest locations. Through outreach and education initiatives, Fellows will empower communities with wildfire prevention and climate resilience workshops and informational materials. Using tools like Geographic Information System (GIS), Fellows will aid in decision-making and planning, ensuring lasting impact and sustainable solutions. Lead community engagement and forest resilience projects to cultivate a thriving, resilient ecosystem for generations to come. Duties include, but are not limited to: Collaborate with the Wildfire Crisis Strategy team to assess current forest resiliency efforts, raise awareness, and identify areas for enhancement. Develop a community wildfire prevention and preparedness education program, craft educational materials, and implement workshops at visitor centers. Recruit and lead volunteer engagement and work parties focused on defensible space, greening projects at San Bernardino National Forest visitor centers, trail maintenance, and habitat restoration to align with wildfire resilience strategy. Utilize GIS and other tools to support, prioritize, and plan wildfire resilience initiatives.

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
  • Wildfire resiliency

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor