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2021-22 Service Year Fellow Applications OPEN NOW!

Join us in this first-of-its kind effort for California by helping engage Californians in climate action through a unique professional development opportunity.

Projects for the 2021-22 Service Year will be added to the website mid-April 2021, but you can explore some of our projects and Host Partners for the current 2020-21 service year to see the kind of projects CAC Fellows are leading!

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a national civil society program created to address the needs of local communities. AmeriCorps engages 75,000 Members annually who complete intensive service to meet community needs in education, health, public safety, security, and the environment. Since 1994, AmeriCorps Members have served over 1.4 billion hours for their communities. CivicSpark Climate Action Corps Fellows are AmeriCorps Members, serving full time, completing at least 1,700 hours over 11 months and working to support local communities, while gaining valuable experience and training. For more information about AmeriCorps, visit AmeriCorps is administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

What does it mean to be a California Climate Action Corps Fellow?

Climate Action Corps is dedicated to mobilizing climate actions designed to engage community members, empower change, and leave a lasting impact. Selected Fellows will spend 11 months supporting community climate action projects through CivicSpark, a program of the Local Government Commission (LGC) implemented in partnership with California Volunteers.

Fellows will be placed in teams of 2 with Host Partner organizations. Most of the placements will be in 5 target Cities and surrounding regions: Fresno, Stockton, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Redlands.

Through project-based service work, Fellows will have 

  • A chance to learn real-world climate action skills through community action projects. 
  • An opportunity to serve in a local government or nonprofit committed to taking action on climate change where you will be provided access to and support for the implementation of your service projects.

Participating in Climate Action Corps will provide Fellows with an opportunity to be part of this unique inaugural cohort, a community, and statewide force of emerging leaders while also being connected to the well-established CivicSpark network of leaders and alumni.

While each placement will be unique, all CivicSpark Climate Action Corps Fellows provide support through a common four-step approach designed to help Fellows make meaningful use of their time within their projects, agencies, and communities:

  • Gap Assessments:  In order to understand their Host Partner’s needs and goals, at the start of the service term Fellows interview staff and review key documents and work with their Site Supervisor and our staff to finalize goals, and a project scope they can implement over the service year.
  • Service Projects: Fellows spend roughly 80% of their service year implementing a specific climate action project based on the gap assessment results such as:

    1. Facilitating the expansion of an urban greening program through outreach, education, and event planning.
    2. Strengthening Food waste recovery by working with waste haulers, schools, and community groups to bolster community kitchen capacity.
    3. Preparing and delivering wildfire prevention programs to community groups or schools to improve home protection and awareness.
  • Volunteer Engagement: A major component of the Climate Action Corps program is having Fellows foster community engagement by establishing new volunteer programs or enhancing existing programs that provide meaningful ways for community members to engage on climate action.
  • Transitioning Expertise: To wrap up the service term Fellows share their findings, summary of work and next steps. These take the form of a transitional report, and presentations or trainings with staff and stakeholders.

Day-to-day, Fellows can expect to serve in an “office” role (either on site or remotely), with tasks ranging from data collection and analysis to project management, to plan or policy development, to stakeholder engagement and community outreach. The particular office environment, workplace or remote setup, and balance of tasks are dependent on the host partner and project.  

Across all projects, Fellows will get exceptional real-world experience, spending their service term working alongside regional leaders and coordinators to implement community climate projects. All Fellows will leave the service year with a better understanding of and experience with community climate action and engagement.

Growth opportunities include:

  • An exceptional outcome-driven project management experience. 
  • Mentorship and project level support.
  • Training on the project related tools and techniques.
  • Statewide networking with local, regional and state leaders.


CivicSpark Fellows will receive the following benefits during their service term:

  • $22,000 Living Allowance (before taxes) spread evenly over 11 months
  • $6,345 Segal Education Award (at the completion 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 to qualifying Fellows, paid to an eligible provider of your choice

How is the Climate Action Corps Different from Other CivicSpark Fellowships?

California Climate Action Corps is being implemented in a similar fashion to the CivicSpark program, but has some important differences.

  • All projects will focus on climate action through direct community engagement.
  • The volunteer engagement component of the Fellowship will be more substantial.
  • Projects will be more closely coordinated with state leadership (through California Volunteers).

Project Types

Fellows will work on a range of climate action projects such as

Urban Tree Planting

Edible Food Recovery

Protecting High-risk Communities from Wildfires


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

CivicSpark Climate Action Corps Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2-year degree (i.e. AA) from an accredited college or university
  • Commitment to the full term of service (11 months, 1,700+ hours)
  • Capability to work in a professional office setting
  • Strong communication (both verbal and written) and teamwork skills

Strongly preferred

  • A degree in a related field
  • One year of relevant experience
  • Past service experience (e.g., volunteering, community service, etc.)
  • Experience with, or training in, outreach, facilitation and/or education 
  • Being local to the community you will serve in.


  • Experience with project implementation
  • Comfort with quantitative work, including data collection and analysis

This is an equal opportunity position and we prefer to place candidates who already live in the communities they will serve.

*At this time, we are unfortunately 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.



March 1

Fellow application opens!

March 29

Interviews for Priority Applicants Begin

March 30

Priority Deadline to submit Fellow Applications.

April 30

Regular Fellow Application Deadline.

May 1

Interviews with Partners Begin

September 13

Service begins!

Early August

Service Term Ends