Driven By Impact: Breaking into Climate

Your weekly recap + interview advice

Driven By Impact 🌱

Edition 55: May 9, 2024

Kickstarting Your Climate Career

πŸ—“ 🌱 Mark your calendars for 5/21 at 12 pm EST!

Every month, we host a free "Breaking into Climate" webinar! In this hour-long session, we introduce the basics of climate and discuss some high-level job search best practices.

Who should join?
🌍 Individuals passionate about pursuing a climate-focused career!
🌍 Beginners eager to delve into climate topics and establish a solid foundation
🌍 Those seeking to expand their existing knowledge and engage in meaningful discussions

🌎 WHAT: Climate Job Seeker Live Q&A
πŸ—“οΈ WHEN: 5/16 @ 3 pm EST
πŸ‘€Β WHO: Job Seekers

🌎 WHAT: The Climate Job Search: How to Break In and Stand Out
πŸ—“οΈ WHEN: 5/21 @ 12 pm EST
πŸ‘€Β WHO: Job Seekers

🌎 WHAT: Climate Transitions Workshop: Making the Most in Career Shifts Session 4
πŸ—“οΈ WHEN: 5/24 @ 12 pm EST
πŸ‘€Β WHO: Job Seekers

β†’ Climate People is hosting a paid workshop in early summer that is a deeper dive into our free resources. This four-hour course on all things climate jobs will give you access to templates, resources, and in-depth guidance. Interested in hearing more? Fill out this form!

β†’ Last week, Brendan and Natalie went live to discuss the climate job search! We discussed the process for following up on applications, how to stand out, and much more. Check out the recording!

β†’ Missed last week’s edition? It was a jam-packed one! Check it out here.

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β†’ Natalie will join Semirah Dolan on the Cloud Computing Podcast for a live session on all things climate engineering jobs. Mark your calendar for the session here.

β†’ On Tuesday we hosted our monthly Climate Career Accelerator meetup alongside MCJ Collective and Steven Zhang. This session focused on interviewing and the best practices for using storytelling and proven tactics to excel in an interviewing setting. Watch the recording!


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Building electrification represents a crucial step forward in the fight against climate change. It offers a solution to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality and health outcomes. By shifting American homes from fossil fuels to clean electricity for heating and cooking, we begin addressing the environmental impact of residential buildings, which account for nearly 30% of the country's emissions.

Organizations such as the Building Decarbonization Coalition, RMI, Rewiring America, and several innovative companies are leading the charge towards building electrification, showcasing all-electric homes' economic and environmental advantages.

➡ Community Energy Labs (CEL) is seeking a Head of Engineering to lead the development of their AI-powered clean building control platform, which is focused on enabling buildings, particularly community buildings and schools, to use energy efficiently. This role involves close collaboration with the CEO to evolve the product from its current prototype to version 1.0 and beyond, as well as building and managing the first complete engineering team. The ideal candidate will have a comprehensive background in software development, including experience with enterprise SaaS, IoT, and ML engineering teams, and a strong foundation in modern programming languages and cloud computing environments. This position requires a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Engineering, 5-10 years of software development experience, and demonstrated leadership in software development and deployment.

➡ A global consultancy focused on securing large-scale grant funding for high-impact climate solutions is expanding its team with a Director of Grant Management position. This role is ideal for individuals with over 5 years of experience in federal grant management, particularly those who have managed large grants ($100M+) and possess strong project and multi-stakeholder management skills. The successful candidate will be mission-driven, with a keen understanding of the urgency in addressing climate change, and will play a pivotal role in developing ambitious ventures within an under-resourced sector of the climate industry.

➡ An innovative startup focused on scalable carbon removal solutions is hiring a Project Engineer to optimize processes, design new equipment, and lead capital projects, beginning at their Southeast USA facility. The role demands a strong engineering background, process improvement skills, and experience in manufacturing industries. Key qualifications include a Bachelor's in Engineering, 4+ years of project/process engineering experience, and proficiency in project management tools. The position involves traveling, particularly during project phases.

➡ An early-stage startup focused on scalable solutions for permanent carbon removal at less than $100 per ton is seeking a Process Engineer. This well-funded company is building its initial carbon removal facility and requires a candidate with a strong engineering background, preferably with experience in grain handling, wood pelleting, and food processing industries. The role involves optimizing processes, designing and sourcing equipment, implementing changes, and leading capital projects initially in the Southeast USA, with required travel. Responsibilities include process improvement, project scope execution, budget management, and contractor oversight. Ideal candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, 4+ years of project/process engineering experience in manufacturing, demonstrated leadership and communication skills, and proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, MS Projects, and Word. Experience in AutoCAD, Revit, or CAD software are advantageous.

That's all for this edition! Thanks for doing your part in mobilizing a workforce transition to work on climate!