Climate Corps AmeriCorps
Climate Corps AmeriCorps (CCAC) is a specialized track in the Climate Corps Fellowship program that utilizes AmeriCorps Members to serve disadvantaged communities. This bridge-to-career program adds cost-effective, mission driven, and easily deployed Fellows to municipal and community-based organizations across California. CCAC Fellows are emerging climate protection leaders who implement energy, water, and waste reduction projects in environmentally and economically underserved areas. CCAC is a program of Bay Area Community Resources in collaboration with Strategic Energy Innovations.
Key Program Differences
Climate Corps AmeriCorps fellows will commit to 10 months of service with their host organizations, under the same successful model as the Climate Corps program. There are several key differences between the two programs, outlined here.
- Fellows will be on the payroll and officially employed by Bay Area Community Resources
- Fellows will officially serve in a National Service Program as AmeriCorps Members
- Program specifically targets underserved, high-need communities
- Program partners are limited to non-profits, educational institutes, and public utilities – no for-profit companies
- Program partners pay a 40% discounted rate due to federal subsidies - see Program Partner Requirements for details
- Fellows receive an end-of-program Education Award at the completion of their service of $5,815
If you are interested in hosting a Fellow at your organization, please contact Program Director Bailey Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Climate Corps Americorps?
Climate Corps AmeriCorps (CCAC) is a California state AmeriCorps program supported by a partnership between Bay Area Community Resources and Strategic Energy Innovations. CCAC fellows serve 10 months in a sustainability-related role at one of our host organizations across the state of California.
What is BACR?
Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) is a nonprofit dedicated to developing individuals and families, encouraging volunteerism, and building community. BACR has been an AmeriCorps program provider for over two decades, including Climate Corps AmeriCorps, BAYAC/OCASA, and Public Allies.
What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is a civil service program that recruits Members to commit to and serve their local communities. Over 1 million AmeriCorps Members have served since 1994, and it can be described as a “domestic Peace Corps”. To learn more, visit the official AmeriCorps website here.
What kind of projects will AmeriCorps fellows work on / what training will they receive?
The specific projects Fellows will complete depend on the Host organization’s needs, but will typically revolve around direct resource reduction, K-12 education, or community outreach. Fellows receive monthly training in a variety of sustainability areas, including but not limited to: clean energy, water conservation, waste reduction, state/local policy, and communications.
What are the prerequisites to become a Ccac fellow?
Fellows should have an undergraduate degree and generally be in the early stages of their career development. See desired qualifications under "Become a member" on the main Climate Corps page.
Why become a CCAC fellow?
Climate Corps is a “bridge-to-career” program that provides essential training and the unique opportunity to gain work experience in the sustainability field with one of our respected host organizations. This fellowship is an excellent resume builder, and leads to 80% of alumni beginning their career path or graduate school within two months of completing the program. To support our Fellows, we offer a monthly living stipend of $1,750, healthcare, childcare if applicable, and an end-of-program Education Award of $5,815.
Where are CCAC fellows located?
CCAC strives to reach underserved, high need communities all over the state of California. Most fellows will be in three California regions: the Bay Area, Central Valley, and Greater Los Angeles Area.
What are the program Goals?
Climate Corps AmeriCorps was created in part due to growing environmental needs in the areas of water conservation, clean energy, and waste reduction. CCAC will target California communities in high need to meet the Governor’s executive orders to reduce water usage by 25% and greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.
What is the Pay for these positions?
Climate Corps fellows in our program receive a living stipend of $1,750 per month.
Are there any other benefits of being a CCAC fellow?
At the end of program completion, AmeriCorps Fellows receive a Professional Certificate from Skyline College in Climate Resilience. They also receive health care coverage and child care (if applicable), and an end-of-program educational award of $5,775.
What is the deadline to apply?
We typically recruit Fellows in the summer before the cycle starts in September. However, we have late start fellowships and half-cycle fellowships positions that may be posted throughout the year. Check our current list of open positions here.
Are there any Part-time positions?
There are no part-time positions at this time, but we do have half-cycle fellowships that last for five months instead of ten. Half-cycle Fellows are still full-time (40 hr/week) positions.
How many CCAC candidates will be accepted?
For the 2017-2018 cohort, we expect to host 30 CCAC Fellows.
Does the program require a set number of hours for Climate Corps AmeriCorps fellows to complete?
Yes, Fellows are expected to complete 10 months of full time service at their host organization, amounting to 1,700 hours. A certain amount of these hours will be dedicated to fellowship trainings, including one 2-day retreats and a week-long orientation. The 2017-18 program cycle runs from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018.
Who can become a host organization?
The CCAC program is an opportunity for municipalities, nonprofits, and educational institutes to host a Fellow full-time at a subsidized rate. For-profit companies are not eligible to host at this time. For more information on hosting an AmeriCorps Fellow, email Program Director Bailey Hall at email@example.com.
Do fellows get to choose which organization they're assigned to?
Fellows may indicate a preference for certain positions, but it is ultimately up to the host organization to choose the best fit. Fellows will complete an initial phone screening for the CCAC program, and host organizations will then choose from that pool of applicants the fellows that they decide to interview.