California Climate Investments Ambassadors

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The Outreach Ambassador Program represents a dynamic opportunity to advance statewide environmental equity efforts while gaining professional experience in outreach and community engagement. With direction from a supervisor, the Outreach Ambassador(s) will help educate students, faculty and the surrounding community about California Climate Investments programs that benefit local households, neighborhoods and the environment (such as vouchers for clean transportation or grants for tree planting). Ambassadors will receive a $500 stipend upon successful completion of the program!

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Ambassadors will begin the program the week of Monday, August 26; please submit your application as soon as possible. 


The Foundation for California Community Colleges, the official non-profit supporting the California Community College system, has partnered with the California Air Resources Board to conduct outreach to disadvantaged communities across the state to raise awareness about environmental funding opportunities through California Climate Investments (CCI). 

California Climate Investments is a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment. These investments support programs and projects in communities throughout California, specifically focusing on disadvantaged communities and low-income residents. Projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. Find more information

About the Role 

  • Complete scheduled orientation via webinar within first week of beginning service.
  • Understand how CCI programs benefit their community and stay informed of available opportunities within CCI programs.
  • With support from supervisor, develop targeted outreach strategies based on community priorities, provide general program information, and direct interested residents to appropriate resources.
  • Educate college students, faculty and staff, and nearby community-based organizations about the value and availability of CCI funding opportunities.
  • Implement a minimum of five activities (combination of on-campus and off-campus) like tabling and/or presentations.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with existing on-campus student organizations and develop relationships with community-based organizations to increase awareness of CCI funding opportunities.
  • Distribute outreach materials.
  • Agree to the Volunteer/Unpaid Internship Agreement and Release form if selected.
  • Must be self-motivated, able to adapt to a changing work environment, accept constructive feedback, effectively handle multiple tasks and competing demands on time, work cooperatively in group situations, and actively resolve conflicts.


  • This is a volunteer, part-time, semester service commitment requiring 4-5 hours per week
  • May include activities on evenings or weekends
  • Weekly meetings with supervisor

Benefits of Service

  • Outreach Ambassador will receive a $500 stipend upon successful completion of the program
  • Peer-to-peer coordination and collaboration with fellow ambassadors
  • Networking, professional development and experiential learning opportunities
  • Certificate of Service through the Foundation for California Community Colleges

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be enrolled at a California Community College
  • Complete a criminal background check
  • A criminal record does not automatically disqualify an applicant

You have

  • An interest in and/or a background in community service, volunteerism and/or environmental equity efforts
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently to effectively complete multiple tasks
  • Leadership and interpersonal skills to work effectively with others
  • An ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Bilingual in Spanish, Hmong, and/or Vietnamese preferred but not required
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance preferred but not required
  • Reasonable accommodations available upon request. Must be able to carry up to 15 pounds

The Foundation for California Community Colleges provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, The Foundation for California Community Colleges complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. 

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Rene Velazquez, Jr.
Community Impact Specialist

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