Become a Fellow

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

The fellowship connects local organizations and agencies with talented, motivated emerging leaders to move the needle on climate change in the community. 

If you want to make a difference, gain valuable experience, be mentored and trained, and join a network of leaders, then we want to hear from you!

California Climate Action Corps Fellows:

  • Serve 1,700+ hours over 11 months from September 19, 2022 to August 17, 2023 (shorter-term and summer positions also available).
  • Support Host Partners in Butte and surrounding northern counties, Oakland, San Jose, Central Valley, Los Angeles, Inland Empire, San Diego, and tribal communities.
  • Learn real-world volunteer engagement and climate action skills through organizing community climate action projects.
  • Serve with a public agency, tribe, nonprofit, or school committed to engaging their community. 
  • Work in climate action focused on urban greening, organic waste and edible food recovery, and wildfire resiliency.
  • Are part of a community and statewide force of emerging leaders.

California Climate Action Corps Fellows receive:

  • Professional development opportunities, including training and climate-related certifications to learn real-world climate action and community engagement skills.
  • Opportunity to serve with a public agency, tribe, nonprofit, or school committed to engaging their community in taking action on climate change where you will be provided support for the implementation of your service projects.
  • Opportunity to be part of this unique program, community, and statewide force of emerging leaders.

Benefits

  • $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).
  • SNAP (Food Stamps) – for those eligible.
  • Forbearance on existing qualifying student loans and payment of interest accrued during service.
  • Health Insurance.
  • Childcare assistance for qualifying Fellows, paid to an eligible provider of their choice.

Qualifications

  • 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 (limited virtual placements may be available)
    • Strong verbal and written communication 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 where you will serve

Fellowships are equal opportunity positions. We prefer to place candidates who already live in the communities they will serve.

*Currently, 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.

 

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We are currently accepting applications for 1200-hour Fellow positions to serve January 30 – September 15, 2023. Click here to learn more and stay tuned for summer and full-time Fellowship opportunities in 2023! Join our mailing list to receive updates.

In September 2022, an 11-month program will place approximately 115 full-time Fellows with Host Partners throughout the state, principally in the target regions of Butte and surrounding north state counties, Oakland, San Jose, Central Valley, Los Angeles, Inland Empire, San Diego, and tribal communities. Fellows will mobilize communities through volunteer engagement and support for climate action, education, and assessment service projects focused on urban greening, organic waste and edible food recovery, and wildfire resiliency.