Forest Resilience Ambassador Program

Empowering students for sustainable forest stewardship and climate action.

The Forest Resilience Ambassador Program, spearheaded by the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FoundationCCC) and the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Good Jobs Challenge, is designed to educate and empower students and community members about sustainable forestry management and fire safety. Ambassadors play a key role in community outreach and engagement, promoting awareness about forestry and fire safety degrees and training programs while researching and addressing barriers to entry and completion.

They also actively contribute to our mission of forest resilience and climate change mitigation, making a significant impact in shaping a sustainable future. The program serves as an excellent professional development and leadership platform, where student ambassadors receive a stipend for their contributions and ongoing coaching and support.

Program Details

Cohort: Peer Research Cohort
Duration: October 2023 – May 2024
Ambassadors stipend: $2,200

Program Services

Promoting sustainable forestry through knowledgeable student leaders.

Outreach includes:

  • Surveys and data collection about community perceptions and experiences
  • Interviews and peer-to-peer outreach in communities and on social media
  • Conducting community engagement and outreach activities
  • Participation in training and meetings with the Forest Resilience team
  • Regular reports on outreach activities and impact
  • Documenting experiences and summarizing engagement in brief reports

Program Benefits

  • Leadership and professional development opportunities

  • Building skills in social science research

  • Connecting communities with forestry and fire safety resources

  • Trusted source of peer-to-peer outreach

How to Apply

Shape your future and our forests. Apply today to join our Forest Resilience Ambassador program (Peer Research Cohort) and make a real difference!

The application will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 24th. We encourage students to apply as soon as possible as open positions are being filled on a rolling basis.


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Monthly time commitments may vary with an estimated 10 to 12 hours per month for outreach on campus, social media, and surrounding communities
    • Enrolled in at least one unit at participating colleges and universities
      • Butte College
      • Feather River College
      • Lake Tahoe Community College
      • Reedley College
      • Shasta College
      • CSU Chico

Program Impact

The impact of our ambassador program extends to various parts of California, with partnerships across multiple institutions, organizations, and communities, including Butte College, Feather River College, Lake Tahoe Community College, Reedley College, Shasta College, CSU Chico, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, Sierra Business Council, CAL FIRE and the California Conservation Corps, among others.

Climate Action and the Center for Climate Futures

Through the Center for Climate Futures, we are elevating climate action at community colleges, which not only drives economic development but also prepares individuals for rewarding careers, strengthens communities, and supports California in achieving its ambitious climate targets.

*This initiative is powered by the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Good Jobs Challenge and the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FoundationCCC). Together, we’re connecting students across California with opportunities in forestry and related fields.