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Garden Education 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

At Eagle Rock Elementary School and Magnet Center (ERE), the Garden Education Fellow position offers a unique opportunity to contribute to our nationally recognized green infrastructure and foster environmental education among our diverse student body. With a focus on engaging students in sustainability initiatives, Fellows will play a key role in revitalizing our environmental efforts and expanding our impact within the school and surrounding community. Fellows will engage students and the community in volunteer events, food waste diversion efforts, nurturing native plants on campus, and sustainability education across all grade levels. Join us in empowering the next generation of climate advocates and setting a shining example for integrative environmental learning models in schools across the district. Duties include, but are not limited to: Coordinate recruitment initiatives to revitalize the "Green Eagles" club, fostering student engagement in sustainability initiatives, and coordinate broader community involvement to support district advocacy and sustainability efforts. Spearhead efforts to coordinate and manage food waste diversion activities as part of the LAUSD composting pilot program. Oversee the planting and care of native plants on campus to enhance biodiversity, ecological resilience, and educational opportunities. Design and implement integrated environmental education curricula tailored for students from TK to 6th grade. Develop hands-on learning experiences in the native teaching garden to enrich environmental education beyond the classroom.

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
  • environmental education

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor