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Habitat Restoration Fellow

California Climate Action Corps


Opportunity summary

Term length

09/16/2024 - 08/15/2025

Application window

05/01/2024 - 08/16/2024


Big Bear Lake, 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

Nestled in the scenic landscapes of Southern California, the Southern California Mountains Foundation (SCMF) invites passionate individuals to contribute to our Restoration Program. Collaborating with diverse communities across the San Bernardino National Forest, this initiative aims to restore and protect precious ecosystems. By recruiting volunteers, engaging in field projects, and nurturing native plant nurseries, Habitat Restoration Fellows play a pivotal role in enhancing wildlife habitat, fostering environmental stewardship, and creating meaningful connections with nature. Join our mission to cultivate resilient forests and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. Duties include, but are not limited to: Recruit, train, and mobilize volunteers from diverse communities to engage in field restoration projects across the San Bernardino National Forest. Implement restoration techniques - such as fencing, raking, planting, mulching, weeding, slashing, watering and dispersing seed - to improve, restore, and protect habitat. Collaborate with SCMF and USFS staff in native plant nurseries and collect native plant seeds to support restoration efforts. Maintain accurate records - such as site monitoring, seed collection, weed removal, volunteer sign-in forms - for reporting purposes at restoration sites.


  • $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

  • Urban greening

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor