A workforce development program empowering emerging climate leaders to take climate action to engage communities, cultivate change, and leave a lasting impact

The California Climate Action Corps (CCAC) Fellowship is an AmeriCorps service program that’s part of a California statewide initiative to address and mitigate the effects of climate change. Annually, we match 350+ Fellows with public agencies, Tribes, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations across California for an 11-month Fellowship to mobilize community members to take direct climate action through education, volunteer mobilization, and assessment focused on urban greening, wildfire resiliency, and organic waste diversion and edible food recovery.

Urban Greening

We are expanding green spaces to combat the heat island effect, improve air quality, boost biodiversity, and sequester carbon. We also remove fire-prone invasive species and restore native wetlands to promote healthier, more climate-resilient communities.

Organic Waste Diversion

We are dedicated to diverting organic materials from landfills through initiatives that educate and support communities in composting efforts while also recovering edible food to combat both methane emissions and food scarcity in California.

Wildfire Resiliency

We prepare communities for wildfire prevention and mitigation through resiliency programs, proven strategies, and Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (ITEK) to improve wildfire prevention, protection, and awareness for California communities.

Together, Climate Action Corps Fellows have accomplished...

*The numbers published here reflect CCAC climate impact activities reported from September 2021 - March 2024

412 Acres

Treated for wildfire resilience


Trees planted and donated

34,602,821 Lbs

Food and organic waste diverted from landfills

5,290,860 Lbs

Food recovered and distributed


People educated on climate action


Volunteers engaged

2023-24 California Climate Action Corps Fellowship

Program Benefits

Fellows will receive personalized mentorship from industry experts, gaining hands-on experience in volunteer mobilization, policy change initiatives, and project/nonprofit management. Our program offers professional development guided by experienced mentors and staff while providing valuable connections to a vast network of leading organizations in climate resiliency. Other benefits include:


Fellowship Time Commitment

This Fellowship requires a 1700-hour commitment, with a full-time commitment of 40 hours per week from approximately 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, with occasional evening and weekend hours depending on project needs. Of the total 1700 hours, 170-340 hours are allocated for professional development. Other commitment considerations include:

Academic Eligibility

This is a full-time commitment; students enrolled in undergrad classes are not eligible to participate in the program


10-20% (170-340 hours) of Fellow hours are dedicated to fostering the Fellow's personal and professional development

Vacation & Holidays

Fellows can accrue vacation time and have approximately 14 Holidays, which align with the respective host sites schedule

Work Arrangement

All Fellowship positions are on-site or hybrid; there are no fully remote positions available in this program

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

*Please note that currently, we are unable to accept applicants with student visas (e.g., F1 or F2 student visas, J1 or J2 exchange visitor visas, G series visas, etc.) or individuals with deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status. If offered a position within the program, all Fellows will be required to provide documentation as proof of residency status.
**All Fellows will undergo criminal and sexual offender background checks