In September 2023, California Volunteers, in partnership with Bay Area Community Resources, will launch the California Climate Action Corps 2023-24 Fellowship, placing 115+ Fellows with Host Partners throughout the state, principally in underserved communities. Fellows will serve 1700+ hours over an 11-month term to mobilize their communities through climate volunteer engagement, climate action and education projects focused on urban greening, organic waste and edible food recovery, and wildfire resiliency.
Host partner service projects for the 2023-24 Fellowship are pending. To view host partner service projects for the 2022-23 Fellowship, click here.
How the Fellowship Works
The California Climate Action Corps Fellowship is a national service program led by California Volunteers and implemented by Bay Area Community Resources dedicated to advancing climate actions that engage community members, cultivate change, and leave a lasting impact.
As part of a larger statewide initiative to address the climate crisis, the California Climate Action Corps Fellowship places emerging leaders with local organizations to mobilize communities through climate volunteer engagement, climate action and education service projects focused on urban greening, organic waste and edible food recovery, and wildfire resiliency.
Selected Fellows are AmeriCorps members serving 1700+ hours over eleven months from September 18, 2023, through August 15, 2024. Fellows support Host Partners and communities throughout the state, principally in underserved communities.
As a California Climate Action Corps Fellow, you will have:
- Professional development opportunities such as training and climate-related certifications to learn real-world climate action and community engagement skills.
- An opportunity to serve with a public agency, tribe, nonprofit, or educational institution committed to engaging their community in 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.
California Climate Action Corps Fellows will receive the following benefits during their service term:
- $30,000 Living Allowance (before taxes) spread evenly over 11 months.
- $10,000 combined Segal Education Award and California For All Education Award (upon completion of 11-month term of service).
- Health Insurance.
- Forbearance on existing qualifying student loans and payment of interest accrued during service.
- Child care assistance for qualifying Fellows, paid to an eligible provider of their choice.
- SNAP (Food Stamps) – for those eligible.
- 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.
- California Climate Action Corps Requirements
- At least 18 years of age.
- Live in California.
- Associates degree or above AND/OR relevant experience.
- Commitment to the full term of service (1700+ hours and 11 months).
- Capability to work in a professional office or field setting.
- Strong verbal and written communication and teamwork skills.
- Strongly Preferred
- Past service experience (e.g., volunteering, community service, etc.).
- Experience with, or training in, volunteer engagement, outreach, facilitation and/or education.
- Being local to the community where you will serve.
Fellowships are equal opportunity service positions, and we prefer to place candidates who already live in the communities they will serve.
*At this time, we are 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.
To view a listing of host partner projects for the 2022-23 fellowship, please click here.