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USDA hiring 40 Climate Change Fellows

USDA hiring 40 Climate Change Fellows

The deadline to apply is Jan. 8

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is hiring 40 people to help farmers and rural businesses access clean energy funding.

These Climate Change Fellows will have multiple duties.

They include providing guidance to grant recipients and other parties on program procedures, monitoring industry economic and financial trends and coordinating outreach efforts, the job posting says.

“A lot of it will be focused on our Rural Energy for America Program,” Theresa Greenfield, USDA’s director of rural development for Iowa, told the Des Moines Register. “They’ll be asked to help us with things related to the Inflation Reduction Act, and how we can help deliver to the rural communities.”

“Each year in California we award millions of dollars toward making clean energy changes that benefit our rural owners and agricultural producers,” Maria Gallegos Herrera, the USDA’s director of rural development for California, said in a statement. “We welcome and encourage these new hires that will undoubtedly advance USDA’s goal to help more people access funding opportunities.”

The USDA’s Climate Change Fellows Program will be responsible for hiring.

In total, hired fellows will be stationed in 32 states and Puerto Rico.

Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota will have two fellows each.

Initial appointments may be up for two years, and additional extensions may be made up to four years.

Successful candidates can expect to earn between $57,118 and $89,835 per year, the posting says.

The deadline to apply for a position is Jan. 8, or once 300 people have submitted applications.

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