• Fresno, Ca
  • Region: Northern California

Website California Climate Action Corp

CALIFORNIA CLIMATE ACTION CORPS

Community Resilience Fellow at El Dorado Park Community Development

Location: Fresno, California

Number of Positions Available: 4

Time Commitment: September 16, 2024 – August 15, 2025

This is a full-time, 11-month, 1700-hour program from September 16, 2024 – August 15, 2025. Fellows commit to a 40-hour work week, typically Monday – Friday, approximately 8am – 5pm, with occasional evening and weekend commitments based on project needs. 170-340 of these hours are dedicated to professional development.

**Please note: Due to the full-time commitment of the Program, students enrolled in undergraduate courses between Sep 16, 2024 – Aug 14, 2025 will not be eligible to participate in the California Climate Action Corps Program.

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About the California Climate Action Corps Fellowship

The California Climate Action Corps has over 350 positions available across California for the 2024-25 CCAC Fellowship. This is a climate-focused, workforce development program for emerging climate and environmental leaders. These are paid, full-time fellowships—similar to internships—but with 170-340 dedicated hours for professional development and training while receiving hands-on experience in the climate field.

CCAC Fellows serve as AmeriCorps members and are matched with organizations across California to mobilize communities to take direct climate action and lead projects focused on wildfire resiliency, urban greening, and organic waste diversion and edible food recovery.

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Applications are accepted May 1 – August 16, 2024, with priority consideration given to applicants who apply and undergo a CCAC info session before June 21, 2024.

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Program Benefits

El Dorado CDC offers Fellows the opportunity to be mentored by industry leaders passionate about sustainable agriculture. They’ll gain valuable local networking connections, alongside hands-on experience in urban sustainability, personalized mentoring sessions, and access to a supportive organizational culture that fosters innovation and growth. Other benefits include:

  • Receive up to a $33,600 stipend (pre-tax) spread evenly over 11 months
  • Earn up to $10,000 (pre-tax) education award upon completion of 1700 hours
  • Participate in 170-340 hours of professional development & training
  • Minimum essential healthcare coverage
  • Forbearance on qualifying student loans and interest payments accrued during term
  • Food assistance and child care assistance (for those eligible)

Description of Duties

El Dorado Park Community Development Corporation (EDP CDC) is dedicated to transforming urban landscapes sustainably while addressing food waste and food insecurity challenges. As part of our team, you’ll contribute to increasing green spaces, enhancing biodiversity, and mitigating urban heat island effects. Additionally, you’ll implement strategies to rescue surplus food from local businesses, track impact metrics, and aim on promoting sustainable landscaping practices, converting lawns into vibrant, drought-tolerant landscapes to reduce water usage and promote biodiversity. Success will be measured by metrics such as the number of trees planted, food recovery rates, water savings, and community engagement. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate food recovery efforts by collecting surplus food from partners, distributing it to local food banks, expanding the donor network, and maintaining detailed inventory records
  • Evaluate lawns for sustainable gardens conversion, develop customized garden designs, and coordinate with local suppliers to source native plants and materials
  • Conduct research on best practices in urban forestry, green infrastructure, and sustainable landscaping to contribute to project development and implementation, while collaborating with community stakeholders to foster support and engagement
  • Facilitate educational workshops and outreach events and develop materials to promote sustainable landscaping and urban greening awareness and encourage community engagement
  • Collaborate with the marketing team to organize community events and campaigns, crafting and sharing success stories to raise awareness of food recovery and urban greening and promote EDP CDC initiatives
  • Track program data and analyze results to quantify climate impact

Minimum Program Eligibility Requirements

  • Live in California by August 16, 2024
  • Be at least 18 years of age by September 16, 2024
  • Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be a US Citizen, US National, or lawful US resident to participate

Desired Qualifications/Skills

Experience in Volunteer Engagement, Event Coordination, Community Outreach, Environmental Education, Field Experience, Project Management, Public Speaking/Facilitation, Organic Waste/ Edible Food Recovery, Tree Planting/Care, Volunteer Management, Environmental Justice/ Equity, Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration, Graphic Design, Event Planning, GIS / Mapping, Data/ Quantitative Analysis, Policy Analysis/ Development, Technical Writing, and Marketing or Social Media. Landscaping and Permaculture skills are a plus! Other valuable contributions include:

  • 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

About El Dorado Park Community Development Corporation

El Dorado Park Community Development Corporation mission is to enhance resident assets for positive community change. We bring public and private resources together to provide programs, offer services, and engage in activities that promote and support the El Dorado Park community. The El Dorado CDC gives away 600,000 pounds of food each year in coordination with local food pantries and churches.

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Applications are accepted May 1 – August 16, 2024, with priority consideration given to applicants who apply and undergo a CCAC info session before June 21, 2024. Interviews will take place May – August, with all positions filled by August 2024. This is a competitive program and interviews are not guaranteed. CCAC is an equal opportunity Fellowship with a preference for candidates already living in the communities they will serve. Applications are for the California Climate Action Corps Program in general, but applicants can select up to 3 preferred organizations and positions within the application.

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

Pay: $3,055.00 per month

Benefits:

  • Health insurance
  • Loan forgiveness
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift

To apply for this job please visit www.caclimateactioncorps.org.

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