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Urban Greening 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

North East Trees leads multiple projects targeting fire resiliency, watershed rehabilitation, and urban greening, particularly focusing on green schoolyards to expand accessible open spaces in marginalized communities across North East and South Central Los Angeles. With a dedicated emphasis on environmental equity, our Fellows engage in tree plantings, urban forestry, community outreach, native plant propagation, and workforce development, contributing directly to our mission of enhancing climate resilience and green infrastructure in underserved neighborhoods. As a seasoned team with over three decades of experience, we prioritize accountability and professional growth, investing in both staff advancement and the development of local youth in environmental stewardship. Fellows will play a pivotal role in supporting our initiatives, from tree planting events to nursery tasks and urban greening education, receiving comprehensive training and ongoing skill development throughout their Fellowship. Duties include, but are not limited to: Expand and mobilize our volunteer base to coordinate to outreach events, such as tree plantings in local parks, residences, and schools. Educate volunteers and workforce development participants at the local plant nursery, teaching essential skills in tree planting, maintenance, and nursery duties Increase community engagement through outreach efforts to increase homeowner participation in tree planting program and cultivate relationships to sustain impact through tree care reminders and awareness campaigns. Collaborate with the Nursery Manager to collect native plant seeds, propagate, and transplant native plants to support biodiversity. Promote outreach events and programs through educational programming, materials, and social media advocacy campaigns.

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