Urban Agriculture Fellow in Panorama City, CA

California Climate Action Corps

CALIFORNIA CLIMATE ACTION CORPSUrban Agriculture Fellow at Black Thumb Farm
February 1, 2024 – September 13, 2024
Time Commitment: This is a full-time, 7.5-month, 1200-hour program from February 1, 2024 – September 13, 2024. Fellows commit to a 40-hour work week, Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm, with occasional weekends depending on the project. 120-240 of these hours are dedicated to professional development.
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The California Climate Action Corps has 40+ positions available across California for the 2024 Winter Term Program. This is a climate-focused, workforce development program for emerging climate and environmental leaders. These are paid, full-time fellowships—similar to internships—but with 120-240 dedicated hours for professional development and training while receiving hands-on field experience in the climate revolution.
CCAC Fellows serve as AmeriCorps members and are matched with organizations across California to mobilize communities to take climate action and lead projects focused on wildfire resiliency, urban greening, and organic waste and edible food recovery.
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Apply today! >> APPLY HERE — https://www.tfaforms.com/4922172
Please apply through the link above – Applications submitted on Indeed will not be processed.
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Program Benefits
We provide a positive, safe, productive work environment. Our staff is 100% BIPOC, as are our program participants. We believe in bringing your whole-self to work, meaning every part of you is important and welcome. We strive to create a safe space for all of us, where open conversation, conflict resolution, and boundaries are welcome. We love listening to music as we work, and enjoy eating together and sharing foods, as this is vital to our culture. Fellows will work directly with our Fellowship coordinator and receive regular guidance, input, and mentorship. Fellows will also work with the Executive Director on the farm, learning skills and discussing personal and professional goals, and how to achieve these on an individual basis. Other benefits include:

Receive up to a $23,294 stipend (pre-tax) spread evenly over 7.5 months
Earn up to $4,826.50 (pre-tax) education award upon completion of 1200 hours
Participate in 120-240 hours of professional development & training
Health plan benefits
Forbearance on qualifying student loans and interest payments accrued during term
Food assistance and childcare assistance (for those eligible)

Description of Duties
Black Thumb Farm (BTF) recognizes an overwhelming need for hands-on job training and food sovereignty in our underserved communities. Our mission is clear: empower historically underserved youth and provide our community with fresh, healthy, locally-grown food. Our approach is rooted in indigenous farming practices, reconnecting BIPOC youth to their ancestral roots, and instilling a deep sense of stewardship at every step of the farming journey. We strive for holistic restoration, revitalizing the soil while restoring the larger ecosystem—both social and natural—in which the farm exists. We endeavor to be agile, adapting to local environmental concerns such as soil degradation, water availability, and climate variability. We’re not just farming; we’re preparing our communities to face the challenges of a changing climate head-on. Fellow duties include, but are not limited to:

Developing an on-site composting system, in collaboration with our partner LA Compost, to divert approximately 500 pounds of organic waste annually
Assist in climate-friendly farm projects at the farm and at our off-site school gardens to increase produce production
Cultivate a robust coalition of partner organizations and facilitate a discussion forum to initiate conversations about addressing food inequality and improving land accessibility for historically disadvantaged communities
Expand the impact of our Farm Hands curriculum through tailored on-site skills training that aligns with BTF’s indigenous farming approach and addresses skill gaps in agriculture
Collaborate on the production and distribution of outreach and recruitment materials for farm events, workshops, and on-site programs
Coordinate and lead on-site group tours, field trips, and corporate visits on the farm
Track program data and analyze results to quantify climate impact

Minimum Program Eligibility Requirements

Live in California by Dec 31, 2023
Be at least 18 years of age by Dec 31, 2023
Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent
Must be a US Citizen, US National, or lawful US resident to participate

Desired Qualifications/Skills
Experience in Volunteer Engagement; Community Outreach; Environmental Education; Organic Waste / Edible Food Recovery; Volunteer Management; Environmental Justice / Equity; Environmental Education; and Data / Quantitative Analysis. Other valuable contributions include:

An interest in climate change mitigation, volunteerism, or public service
Experience with outreach, education, training, or community behavior change
Fundamental understanding of climate change science, environmental policies in California, and/or environmental priorities
Excellent organizational, writing, interpersonal, and speaking skills

About Black Thumb Farm
At Black Thumb Farm, we provide BIPOC youth with leadership skills, mentorship, and healthy, quality produce through hands-on training and experience in farming and gardening. We grow teens’ connection to the natural world, nourish their passions, and empower them to advocate for a sustainable future for themselves and their communities as we seed our way toward food sovereignty.
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Apply today! >> APPLY HERE — https://www.tfaforms.com/4922172
Please apply through the link above – Applications submitted on Indeed will not be processed.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but interviews will occur October-November with positions filled by early December, so apply today. This is an equal opportunity position with a preference for candidates already living in the communities they will serve. Applications are for the California Climate Action Corps Program in general, but applicants can select up to 3 preferred organizations and positions.
Job Types: Internship, Full-time
Pay: $3,106.00 per month
Benefits:

Health insurance
Paid time off
Tuition reimbursement

Schedule:

Monday to Friday

Work Location: In person