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Wildfire Resiliency 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

Santa Rosa, 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

Become a vital part of Fire Safe Sonoma (FSS), the countywide Fire Safe Council dedicated to wildfire safety and risk reduction for over 25 years. As a Wildfire Resiliency Fellow, you'll champion crucial initiatives focusing on underserved populations in high-risk wildfire zones, assisting in proactive wildfire preparedness efforts. Participate in our Wildland Fire Assessment Program, where you'll receive comprehensive training to conduct home assessments. Fellows will then educate and empower the community on topics, such as home hardening, defensible space, resilient landscaping, and other wildfire preparedness. Collaborating closely with community groups, local government, and fire departments, Fellows will help establish fuel breaks and foster Firewise Communities. Fellows will also play a pivotal role in organizing community events, facilitating workshops, and coordinating volunteer efforts. Be a part of engaging with a vast network of fire professionals, local leaders, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to mitigating wildfire risks and promoting resilient landscapes. Duties include, but are not limited to: Coordinate workshops, volunteer days, and public outreach content for the Resilient Landscapes Coalition and recruitment and support for monthly virtual presentations for FSS's Speaker Series Spearhead and promote community events, including the annual Wildfire Mitigation Leadership Summit, to promote community engagement and wildfire preparedness and prevention. Collaborate in creating and delivering public awareness campaigns through social media and public presentations to reinforce wildfire risks and resilience measures. Support Firewise meetings helping communities navigate the Firewise application process to enhance wildfire resilience. Manage the Listos Tool Trailer, ensuring availability for community work parties, maintaining inventory, and assisting with at least 5 work party events.

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

  • Wildfire resiliency

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor