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Landscape Adaptation 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

Davis, 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

The Landscape Adaptation Fellow position at UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden offers a unique opportunity to foster climate resiliency in the campus landscape, benefiting both the university community and the broader region. Fellows will collaborate with expert staff to spearhead urban greening projects, including the establishment of native wetland vegetation, planting over 50 climate-ready trees, and renovating demonstration gardens in the 100+ acre UC Davis Arboretum for education and resilience. Through engaging volunteers and hosting educational workshops, Fellows will inspire action and build community resilience in the face of climate change. This role not only contributes to the creation of accessible green spaces but also serves as a beacon of environmental stewardship and climate adaptation for the entire region. Duties include, but are not limited to: Recruit, train, and coordinate student and community volunteers for urban greening projects Implement floodplain and riparian habitat restoration by propagating, planting, and providing establishment care for native wetland vegetation along the Arboretum Waterway. Cultivate, plant, and maintain climate-ready trees within the Arboretum and Public Garden's landscape, using best practices in arboriculture. Develop and share outreach materials on climate-ready gardening, tree selection, and habitat restoration at regional environmental events. Enhance climate resilience of demonstration landscapes through strategic renovation, including plant selection, weed management, mulching, irrigation adjustments, and signage.

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

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor