What is it like to be a GrizzlyCorps Fellow:

Through a series of interviews with the GrizzlyCorps team and potential hosts fellows will be matched with a partner organization that aligns with their background and interests. Each year, after accepting their placement, fellows will attend a one-week orientation in September and then begin their ~11 months term of service. During the term of service fellows will work and live in the communities where their host organization is placed.

The local forest and farm community experience provides an inside perspective on some of California’s most pressing issues. Fellows will gain first-hand experience addressing a variety of challenges including climate impacts, fire and forestry management, rural disparities, and barriers to adopting regenerative agriculture. Throughout their service year, members gain a rich and meaningful introduction to various climate change-related career fields with real-world applications. Additionally, fellows are provided a number of professional development opportunities spanning fieldwork, educational resources, virtual and in-person trainings, workplace skills development, and exposure to the value of a public service career.

Each fellow will implement between one and six capacity building projects. Examples of such projects include: developing farm action and fire reduction plan measures; researching regenerative agriculture and ecological forestry techniques and effectiveness; implementing pilot projects; developing a local community resilience plan; assisting site assessments; organizing education outreach and sessions; and more. To guide this work fellows will follow a four-stage intervention framework, described below, which allows them to address a broad spectrum of issues while responding to local capacity needs through a systematic process. 

Lastly, fellows join a cohort of ~20-30 members who are serving the same service term as them. Depending on the region of their placement fellows may have opportunities to build relationships with other members serving in their area or within similar organizations. Each cohort also establish an online community where fellows can communicate about their work, share resources, and build relationships with each other that have potential to turn into professional networks.


The Process:

All GrizzlyCorps projects will increase the capacity of local communities to promote resilience and response to climate needs. Examples of projects include developing local plans, inventorying risks and vulnerabilities, implementing pilot and demonstration projects, and engaging keys stakeholders.


Overall, all GrizzlyCorps members follow the same 4-stage intervention process to implement their service:             

  • Gap assessment where members identify capacity building goals

  • Research, planning, and implementation projects to address these goals

  • Volunteer recruitment activities to engage the community in efforts

  • Transitioning of knowledge to community members

Through this intervention model and these specific service activities, the member’s service will support GrizzlyCorps’ performance measures, including building local resilience capacity, completing professional development, and engaging volunteers.


As GrizzlyCorps Fellows, in accordance with AmeriCorps guidelines, you can only engage in specific goals or tasks. All members will exclusively engage in:

  • Capacity building projects to address resilience and local climate needs.

  • Volunteer engagement to recruit and build volunteer services, and support existing volunteers.

  • Professional development to build both professional skills and community development skills, and to enhance the esprit de corps experience.


Benefits to our Fellows:

  • Professional development opportunities

  • Climate change and field-specific trainings

  • Field experience, with direct supervision

  • Valuable hands-on community engagement and national service experience

  • Annual living stipend of ~$22,000, paid monthly over the 11-month period

  • $10,000 education award to be used toward further education or student loans (upon completion of full 1700 hour term)

  • Forbearance and interest accrual repayment of eligible student loans

  • Childcare

  • Health insurance

  • Opportunities to develop professional contacts and mentors

Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications: 

GrizzlyCorps members must have completed at least a 4-year degree and ideally have relevant experience in a related field. An ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:

AmeriCorps Requirements

  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States

  • Be at least 17 years of age

  • Ability to pass FBI, CA Department of Justice, out-of-state (if applicable), and National Sex Offender Public Registry background checks prior to service

GrizzlyCorps Requirements

  • A 4-year degree (i.e. BA/BS) from an accredited college or university

  • Commitment to the full term of service (11 months, 1,700 hours)

  • Capability to serve in a professional office setting

  • Strong communication (both verbal and written) and teamwork skills

Strongly preferred

  • A degree in a related field

  • Past service experience (e.g., volunteering, community service, etc.)

  • Experience with, or training in, outreach, facilitation and/or education

  • Comfort with quantitative tasks, including data collection and analysis

This is an equal opportunity position.

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View a recording of our February 2021 fellow info session and Q&A here

* The application portal for the 2021-2022 GrizzlyCorps service year has now closed. Priority application for 2022-2023 will open in February 2022.