Summer 2021 Fellowship Term

In June 2021, California Volunteers, in partnership with Bay Area Community Resources, launched the California Climate Action Corps Summer Fellowship, which deployed more than 200 emerging youth leaders to serve as AmeriCorps Fellows with dozens of Host Partners in rural and urban communities throughout the state for a two-month summer of service. Fellows focused on a range of climate issues (e.g., energy, water, waste, etc.) and participated in specific climate action (e.g., tree planting) and/or climate education (e.g., energy awareness education) projects.

***This summer fellowship has ended.

How the California Climate Action Corps Works

California Climate Action Corps is dedicated to advancing climate actions that engage community members, cultivate change, and leave a lasting impact. Selected Fellows are AmeriCorps members serving 300+ hours over approximately two months supporting community climate action and/or climate education projects across California. Fellows receive: 

  • A chance to learn real-world climate action skills through community action projects. 
  • An opportunity to serve with a local government, Tribe, nonprofit, or college or university committed to taking action on climate change where you will be provided support for the implementation of your service projects.
  • An opportunity to be part of this unique program, community, and statewide force of emerging leaders.


Climate Action Corps Summer Fellows will receive the following benefits during their service term:

  • $4,000 Living Allowance (before taxes) spread evenly over two months
  • $1,311 Segal Education Award (upon completion of service)
  • SNAP (Food Stamps) – for those eligible
  • Forbearance on existing qualifying student loans and payment of interest accrued during service 
  • Childcare assistance to qualifying Fellows, paid to an eligible provider of your choice


AmeriCorps Requirements

  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States*
  • Ability to pass FBI, CA Department of Justice, out-of-state (if applicable), and National Sex Offender Public Registry background checks prior to service

Climate Action Corps Requirements

  • At least 17 years of age
  • Commitment to the full term of service (300+ hours)
  • Capability to work in a professional office setting (some virtual placements will be available)
  • Strong communication (both verbal and written) and teamwork skills

Strongly Preferred

  • Past service experience (e.g., volunteering, community service, etc.)
  • Experience with, or training in, outreach, facilitation and/or education 
  • Being local to the community you will serve in

This is an equal opportunity position, and we prefer to place candidates who already live in the communities they will serve.

*At this time, we are unfortunately unable to accept applicants with student visas (such as F1 or F2 student visas, J1 or J2 exchange visitor visas, G series visas, etc.), or those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

Summer Fellowship Projects 

To view a partial listing of host partner projects for the summer fellowship, please click here.