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Habitat Restoration 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

Palo Alto, 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

Grassroots Ecology engages and educates the public to restore local ecosystems. We collaborate with communities at 25 sites spanning from the the Santa Cruz Mountains to the San Francisco Bay salt marshes. As a Habitat Restoration Fellow, you'll be a part of a team to drive hands-on habitat restoration and volunteer engagement, playing a pivotal role in advancing our conservation efforts. From removing invasive weeds to nurturing native plants, you'll conduct ecological restoration at parks and public open spaces. You will also learn about and assist with native plant propagation at our Native Plant Nursery. Additionally, you'll lead and coordinate volunteer events, fostering community engagement and a deeper connection to nature. Beyond restoration, you'll have the opportunity to mentor middle and high school students through our Youth Stewards Program, igniting a passion for environmental stewardship in the next generation. Join us in cultivating a more resilient future for our communities and ecosystems. Duties include, but are not limited to: Conduct regular field assignments at restoration sites, performing tasks such as invasive weed removal, native plant care, and site maintenance. Coordinate and lead volunteer events, guide participants in restoration activities and nature walks, and ensure the safety and satisfaction of volunteers. Facilitate Grassroots Ecology's Youth Stewards Program, mentoring middle and high school students in environmental stewardship. Develop interpretive materials for volunteers and park visitors, enhancing their understanding of local ecosystems through signage, blog posts, and social media content. Engage in staff meetings, training sessions, and site-sharing days to advance projects and climate mitigation strategies.

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