Climate & Agriculture Resilience Fellow - AmeriCorps

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Sebastopol, CA, United States

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19 days ago

Work Environment: Hybrid (Remote Site Visits)

Term: September 2022 – July 2023; 1700 hours; 40 hours/week

Benefits: Healthcare coverage (w/dental & vision), Education Award, student loan deferment, child care allowance, CalFresh, professional development budget ($100), industry networking, reimbursement for project-related travel and equipment.

About Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District

Gold Ridge RCD was established in 1941 to promote soil conservation and has continued as a local leader in environmental conservation for climate adaptation, water quality improvement, wildlife habitat enhancement and agricultural sustainability. We work voluntarily with our community to empower good stewardship of natural resources.

Position Overview & Description

The Climate & Agriculture Resilience Fellow will serve communities and individuals in the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District (RCD) district to adapt to and steward resources in the face of increased wildfire risk, water scarcity, floods, species decline and soil degradation. This position will help engage and organize farmers and ranchers to be more resilient to adverse effects exacerbated through our changing climate. This project will build upon and execute an outreach and coordination plan for the numerous natural resource improvement programs our District provides. This position will perform one on one communication with the community, as well as the staff and board of Gold Ridge RCD. The Fellow will work both at their desk and in the field by assisting Gold Ridge RCD in promoting regenerative agri-food systems and fire and forest resilience through education, engagement and outreach tasks.

The Fellow will contribute to outreach and coordination of the RCD’s LandSmart Grazing Program. LandSmart Grazing is a pilot program designed to support interested neighbors or community groups to utilize grazing as a way of reducing fuel load and making their communities safer in the face of wildfires. This project also aims to serve previously burned properties in order to remove invasive weeds and reduce fuel load in preparation for future post-fire recovery activities.

The Fellow will also assist in our Climate Smart Agriculture Program, assisting with outreach activities to recruit program participants. The Fellow will also participate in the development of Carbon Farm Plans on agricultural properties and Forest Management Plans on forested properties. The Fellow will assist with mapping and drafting plans in partnership with land managers and RCD staff. The Fellow will help land managers learn and access funding opportunities to help implement practices identified in their plans.


  • 40% Assisting in implementation of the LandSmart Grazing Program, mapping, land-tender outreach and communication, monitoring, and project assistance
  • 35% Outreach
  • 10% Other projects such as field assistance and restoration projects
  • 15% ClimateCorps Activities/Training
  • Our goal is to help train and prepare the next wave of conservation planners

Desired Qualifications

  • Degree in Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Forestry, Public Engagement or equivalent.
  • Interest in engaging individuals and communities in agricultural beneficial management practices, climate and fire resiliency.
  • Experience with community outreach
  • Enjoys working with diverse people and organizations
  • Has interest in learning or experience in social media and website maintenance
  • Has an interest in improving and protecting natural resources with an understanding of how wildfires affect rural communities
  • Is organized, prompt, respectful and responsive
  • Motivated and self-directed once given a task
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfort using GIS and other mapping tools a plus
  • Spanish fluency is a plus

Fellowship Experience at Gold Ridge RCD

Gold Ridge RCD promotes soil conservation and is a local leader in conservation – for climate adaptation, water quality improvement, wildlife habitat enhancement and agricultural sustainability. We partner with many individuals and organizations in our district, regionally and state wide. The Fellow will have the support not only of a site supervisor but a team of accomplished and generous staff. The RCD is focused on creating a position that suits the strengths of the Fellow as well as their development goals. Your site supervisor will actively assist you in accessing training and workshops to enhance your skill development. The RCD has a large variety of programs and Fellows are encouraged to participate as their interest and time allows. The Fellow is also welcome to grow vegetables and harvest fruit from our office garden.

You may also work with other organizations like: Fire Safe Sonoma, Sonoma County Ag and Open Space District, Sonoma Water, County of Sonoma, North Coast Soil Hub Coordinator, USDA NRCS, UC Cooperative Extension, Other RCDs, Carbon Cycle Institute, other Fellows


Climate Corps AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a national service commitment that meets a community’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Bay Area Community Resources and SEI partner to implement Climate Corps AmeriCorps, an award-winning fellowship program that provides professional development opportunities for emerging leaders through implementation of sustainability and resiliency projects with local governments, nonprofits, and educational institutions.

Upon completion of the term, CCAC Fellows receive a Segal Education Award of up to $6,495.00 in return for your service. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs. Fellows who complete a 1700-hour term also receive a California For All Award of $3,505.00 in cash for educational expenses.

To see a full list of climate, energy, and sustainability positions posted by Climate Corps, please visit here. We are constantly adding positions, so make sure to frequently check this site to see if there are new opportunities available.

Basic Eligibility

AmeriCorps fellows must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents
  • Have a high school diploma/GED
  • Be 17 years old or older
  • Pass state criminal and FBI background checks, and a national check in the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry
  • Test negatively for tuberculosis if working with minors
  • Be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing
  • Live in the state of California

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement

Bay Area Community Resources, the administrator of Climate Corps AmeriCorps, is an equal opportunity employer. We cultivate an environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all employees and National Service members. We are firmly committed to maintaining an atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. Therefore, we enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Our management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this equal opportunity policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruitment advertising, pay, and other forms of compensation, training, and general treatment during employment.

Climate & Agriculture Resilience Fellow - AmeriCorps

Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District

2776 Sullivan Road Sebastopol CA 95472


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