Climate Action Leaders, Campus Climate Action Corps

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 5/13/2024
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: Campus Climate Action Corps
Position/Title/Fund: Climate Action Leaders
Type/Term: Full-time, August 26, 2024-July 31, 2025
Location: Various (see posting)
Salary: $18,700 annually
Deadline: Aug 9, 2024
Description:

The Campus Climate Action Corps (CCAC) is the first nationwide AmeriCorps program solely dedicated to Campus-based, community-led climate action. CCAC is a Campus Compact initiative focused on building the capacity of campuses and their community partners to affect behavioral and technical change, leading to energy efficiency and improved at-risk ecosystems by implementing local solutions for underserved households and communities nationwide.

Campus Compact is seeking to recruit CCAC AmeriCorps members who will develop and implement a community-driven Climate Action Plan that involves:

  • Hosting community environmental education events and public awareness campaigns.
  • Conducting home energy assessments, including home energy assistance referrals.
  • Implementing low-tech home energy interventions to help advance public knowledge and increase motivation to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions.
  • Implementing projects in underserved communities that enhance ecosystem health

CCAC AmeriCorps members will be selected to serve in the 2024-25 programmatic year, which runs from August 2024 through July 2025. AmeriCorps is the federal agency for national service and volunteerism; therefore, AmeriCorps service terms are fixed on specific duration requirements distinct from traditional employment opportunities. CCAC is seeking members to serve in one of the following positions:

  • Climate Action Leader Full-time AmeriCorps position (1700 service hours)
  • Climate Action Advocate Half-time AmeriCorps position (900 service hours)
  • Climate Action Energizer Minimum-time AmeriCorps position (300 service hours)

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and facilitate environmental education events in underserved communities to provide strategies for reducing energy use and carbon emissions.
  • Develop and disseminate outreach materials.
  • Launch public awareness campaigns to highlight individual energy costs and conservation strategies, home energy assistance programs, and CCAC opportunities.
  • Conduct basic home energy assessments with low-income households and in campus dorms.
  • Provide households with energy conservation strategies and resources that reduce carbon emissions and increase cost savings
  • Implement low-tech interventions to reduce energy use and increase cost savings for underserved households based on community needs (e.g. weatherization, LED light bulbs, window-insulation inserts)
  • Serve as a home energy navigator, educating low-income households on government programs and assisting households to apply for rebate and subsidy programs
  • Plan and execute a community-driven project that improves a local at-risk ecosystem (e.g. removal of invasive species, tree planting, installation of rain gardens)
  • Participate in specialized green job career development
  • Increase green career development training resources that generate workforce pathways for CCAC AmeriCorps members and the wider community, at times

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 17 years old
  • Must hold one of the following citizenship statuses: U.S. Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident
  • Must be located in or willing to relocate to a host site area (CCAC is unable to offer relocation assistance at this time)
  • Must pass a national service criminal history check
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; high school diploma or equivalent is required
  • Valid driver’s license and car, and/or dependable transportation
  • Must have a personal commitment to climate action and environmental stewardship
  • Motivated team leader with exceptional organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and comfortable with public speaking

Preferred:

  • Experience engaging community partners and/or college students
  • Experience with outreach, volunteer recruitment & management, or event planning
  • Experience in environmental education, environmental stewardship, sustainability, or home energy efficiency

Locations: 

CCAC AmeriCorps members will be placed at one of our campus host sites. Candidates must be located in or willing to relocate to a host site area (CCAC is unable to offer relocation assistance at this time). We are currently recruiting for our host sites at:

  • Central Connecticut State University (CT)
  • Colby Sawyer College (NH)
  • College of the Atlantic (ME)
  • Kennesaw State University (GA)
  • Lasell University (MA)
  • Southern Maine Community College (ME)
  • St. Lawrence University (NY)
  • Stetson University (FL)
  • University of Maine (ME)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • Weber State University (UT)
  • The Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven (CT)
  • Additional host site campuses are forthcoming

Benefits:

Member living allowance and Segal Education Award will vary depending on the number of service hours. The living allowance will be distributed evenly in bi-monthly installments and is taxable income. The Education Award is contingent upon the successful completion of the program and can be used to pay for college or technical school or to pay back qualified student loans.

How to Apply:

To express your interest, please complete the online interest form.