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Zero Waste Fellow

California Climate Action Corps


Opportunity summary

Term length

09/16/2024 - 08/15/2025

Application window

05/01/2024 - 08/16/2024


Los Angeles, 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

At Garden School Foundation (GSF), we're transforming food waste into opportunity and nourishment! Dive into our vibrant programs that combat food insecurity and empower students to take climate action right in their schools. Through our Cafeteria to Compost initiative and bustling Farmers Markets, you'll engage in hands-on activities, teaching kids the value of reducing waste and enjoying fresh, healthy food. As a Zero Waste Fellow, you - ll embark on an exciting journey to make a real impact in our community. From teaching composting lessons to setting up food scrap stations, you'll play a vital role in educating and inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards. Plus, gain access to a network of mentors and professional development opportunities to enhance your skills and expertise. Ready to join us in turning food waste into a force for good - Apply now and be a part of our innovative approach to sustainability and community building! Duties include, but are not limited to: Engage students in experiential learning sessions on food collection, proper sorting of food scraps, composting, and climate action, encouraging healthy early-life food habits. Spearhead food collection and redistribution efforts, reducing organic waste and food insecurity. Manage composting operations, including weighing food scraps, maintaining compost piles, and storing finished compost. Coordinate on-campus bi-monthly free Farmers Markets, promoting access to nutritious foods. Collaborate with a supportive team of educators and gardeners to deliver impactful programs.


  • $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

  • Organic waste and edible food recovery

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor