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Urban Conservation 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

La Crescenta, 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

Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy (AFC) Hahamongna ~ Tujunga Wildlife Corridor Project combines land acquisition, community-based stewardship, and climate advocacy to create vital pathways for wildlife and promote biodiversity in the urban landscape. As a Fellow, you'll immerse yourself in all aspects of the project, from engaging communities in stewardship activities to leading educational field trips and advocating for climate action. This position offers a unique opportunity to make a tangible impact on biodiversity while gaining valuable skills and experience in conservation education and community engagement. Fellows will learn and share knowledge of Southern California ecosystems, get to know the vibrant local communities near our sites, and explore the fascinating interplay between urban development and the region's diverse flora and fauna. Join us in building bridges between communities and nature, and empowering individuals to make a positive impact on biodiversity. Duties include, but are not limited to: Engage communities in stewarding their natural resources through neighborhood restoration days and educational events. Lead youth in immersive field trips focused on native plants, wildlife, geology, and local Indigenous history and culture. Educate community members about biodiversity, urban conservation, and climate action during tabling events and field trips. Develop effective communication strategies to recruit, educate, and engage volunteers, empowering a new generation of wildlife spotters and conservation advocates.

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