Recruit a Fellow

California Volunteers’ California Climate Action Corps Fellowship program leverages the power of AmeriCorps to advance climate actions that engage community members, cultivate change, and leave a lasting impact. 

The program connects organizations and agencies with talented, motivated emerging leaders to move the needle on climate change in the community. If you need help for your frontline climate work and are passionate about mentoring, we want to hear from you!

About the Fellowship Program

California Climate Action Corps (CCAC) Fellows are AmeriCorps Members who serve with Host Partners in a full-time capacity for either a two-month summer term or an extended 11-month term. For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov.

Government agencies, Tribes, nonprofit organizations, and colleges or universities can apply to host Fellows. The climate action projects Fellows complete during their service should include a combination of the following elements:

  • Defined and measurable climate pollution reduction, resiliency benefits, or disaster recovery activities (e.g., projected GHG reductions, wildfire risk reduction, flood protection, increased green space, etc.).
  • Community engagement and volunteerism components that provide community members a way to take action on climate change issues.
  • Solutions to a community’s unique environmental or public health vulnerabilities that help address disparities while promoting social and environmental justice.

California Volunteers has partnered with Local Government Commission (LGC) and Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) to implement the CCAC program. As implementing partners, LGC and BACR manage the recruitment and placement process, support Fellows and Host Partner Site Supervisors, and coordinate professional development activities for Fellows.

I want my work to make a difference. Climate change is the biggest threat to my generation, and as a member of the California Climate Action Corps, I have a voice in the fight towards climate resiliency and justice.

Alice Bruemmer

City of Watsonville

Pilot Term

In January 2021, the pilot cohort of 63 Fellows began a 7.5-month term of service placed with 26 Host Partners in five target cities (Fresno, Stockton, San Jose, Redlands, and Los Angeles). Fellows focus on engaging the community in urban greening, edible food recovery, and wildfire prevention home hardening. 

Click here to learn more about the Host Site partnership process and current pilot cohort.

Summer Term

In June 2021, a two-month summer program will deploy more than 200 emerging youth leaders to serve as Fellows with dozens of Host Partners in rural and urban communities throughout the state. Fellows may focus on a range of climate issues (e.g., energy, water, waste, etc.). Host Partners will define specific climate action (e.g., tree planting) and/or climate education (e.g., energy awareness education) projects.

Click here to learn more and apply. The priority deadline for Host Site Partner applications has passed, but applications will be accepted until filled.

Fall Term

In September 2021, an 11-month program will build upon the pilot term by placing 50 Fellows with Host Partners in five target cities (Fresno, Stockton, San Jose, Redlands, and Los Angeles). Fellows will focus on engaging the community in urban greening, edible food recovery, and wildfire prevention through home hardening.

Click here to learn more and apply. The priority deadline for Host Site Partner applications has passed, but applications will be accepted until filled.

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