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Driven By Impact: How to Navigate Climate Career Change Fears

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Driven By Impact 🌱

Edition 42: February 8, 2024

Climate Transitions: Making the Most in Career Shifts

Climate People has teamed up with Mona Johnson, a Merit America career coach, for an immersive miniseries workshop on all things climate jobs!

This four-part series will guide you through every step of transitioning into a climate career. We'll explore various climate solutions, the art of effectively showcasing your skills, unlearning traditional job search methods, and building a strong network.

Mark your calendars! All sessions will take place at 12 pm EST. Here's a rundown of what to expect:

🌱 Session 1 (2/23): Identifying Your Career Interests
🌱 Session 2 (3/22): Identifying Your Transferable Skills
🌱 Session 3 (4/26): The Art of Unlearning
🌱 Session 4 (5/24): Networking + Getting Started

This interactive workshop format ensures maximum value, so we are limiting registrations to maintain the utmost value.

Spots are filling up fast, so secure yours now!

🌎 WHAT: ​MCJ + Climate People CCA: How To Craft a Compelling Resume
🗓️ WHEN: 2/14 @12 pm EST
📍WHERE: https://lu.ma/MCJClimateCareerAdvancement

🌎 WHAT: Climate Job Seeker LinkedIn Live Q&A
🗓️ WHEN: 2/15 @ 3 pm EST
📍WHERE: https://bit.ly/LILFEB15

🌎 WHAT: ​The Climate Job Search: How to Break in and Stand Out
🗓️ WHEN: 2/20 @12 pm EST
📍WHERE: https://lu.ma/climatejobs

🌎 WHAT: Playing Through Your Career Change: Networking Advice: Session 2
WHEN: 2/27 @ 12 pm EST
🗓️ WHERE: https://lu.ma/climatenetworking101

→ Natalie joined the Career Sprout team for a LinkedIn live session on careers in climate. Watch the recording here!

→ 2023 was a turbulent job market. We’ve outlined the hopes we hold for 2024.

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

**We do not accept sponsors for this newsletter. All of these external promos are our genuine recommendations 💚**

→ Interested in how robots are helping scale climate solutions? Climate Robotics Network put together a “Global Map of Climate Robotics!” Check it out!

→ Climate updates: the good, the bad, and what you can do from climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. Read the newsletter!

→ Feeling stuck in your job search? Climate Career coach Radhika Bhatt guides us through an hour-long workshop on ‘humanizing the job search.’ Watch the recording!


Thermal batteries have emerged as a revolutionary innovation in the realm of energy storage solutions, offering an effective means to power industrial processes that are hard to decarbonize. These units, comparable in size to shipping containers, are designed to store and deliver high temperatures required for various industrial applications like smelting and chemical manufacturing. They address key challenges associated with intermittent renewable energy sources and industrial decarbonization. Industries that depend on high-temperature processes, such as steel and cement production, often face decarbonization hurdles due to the high costs of generating heat using electricity, leading to significant CO2 emissions.

The technology underpinning thermal batteries converts electricity from renewable sources into heat, stored in thermally conductive rocks or bricks. This stored heat can be delivered as hot air or steam to industrial facilities, offering a sustainable alternative to traditional heat generation methods. By incorporating thermal batteries into their processes, companies can store excess renewable energy, ensuring a consistent supply of high-temperature heat without depending on fossil fuels. This not only facilitates the decarbonization of energy-intensive industries but also contributes to the overall stability and sustainability of the energy grid. Companies like Rondo Energy, Antora Energy, Malta, and others are pioneering this transformative technology, actively shaping the future of energy storage and working towards the global adoption of thermal batteries.


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Our client is seeking an experienced interconnection/transmission planning engineer to join their mission of accelerating the transition to a reliable, decarbonized grid. The ideal candidate will have 4+ years of experience in ISO/RTO/utility interconnection processes, be adept at running power flow studies, and be familiar with public data sources relevant to interconnection. This role involves informing software developers of regional interconnection study processes, collaborating with customers to demonstrate software solutions, and defining product requirements to support the company's roadmap. Expertise in Python scripting and other transmission planning studies is a plus, and a degree in EE/ECE is preferred. If you're passionate about solving critical infrastructure challenges, this role offers the opportunity to make a significant impact on tackling the interconnection bottleneck for grid operators and project developers.

A fully remote climate tech startup is seeking a Data Engineer with over 3 years of experience, proficiency in Python and Pandas, and familiarity with the utility industry or electric transmission and distribution data. The successful candidate will build new data pipelines for products, take ownership of greenfield projects, and collaborate closely with product managers, transmission engineers, and full-stack engineers. The role requires the ability to operate in ambiguity, take ownership, and apply best practices, infrastructure, and tooling to build an effective data organization.

➵ Join a thriving, fully remote climate tech startup that is transforming the renewable energy sector with its innovative software platform. As a Backend Engineer, you'll have the opportunity to build backend services for new products and work closely with the CTO. Ideal candidates will have at least 3 years of experience, a product-focused mindset, and a strong track record of continuous learning and product development. Proficiency in Python and GraphQL, as well as familiarity with Heroku and Hasura is strongly preferred. Experience in the utility industry or related projects would be a significant advantage. This role offers the chance to operate in an exciting, ambiguous environment where you can take ownership and make a real impact on our climate's future.

This job opportunity is with a fully remote and profitable climate tech startup that has developed a software platform to assist renewable energy developers. They are seeking a Full-Stack Engineer who will lead new product work, interact with users, ideate on features, give feedback on designs, and build out those features. This role will involve working directly with the CTO on scoping new features and engineering plans and launching new features and markets in the US. The ideal candidate is a product-minded Engineer with 2+ years of experience, proficient in React, TypeScript and Python, and has a history of continuous learning and operating in ambiguity. Experience in the utility industry or projects supporting electric transmission, distribution, and substation design is a plus.

Our client, a pioneering global technology and climate impact organization, is seeking a Sales Development Representative (SDR) to join their ambitious team. This role entails working with the Head of Business Development on strategic prospect identification and conversion, being the first point of contact for potential customers, and overseeing customer development using data-driven methods. The SDR will build pipelines across key customer segments, establish the brand in new markets, communicate expertly on climate and product matters, and constantly experiment with outbound strategies. Ideal candidates should have 1-3+ years of experience in sales or sales development, a passion for climate and sustainability issues, an ability to take extreme ownership of first impressions, operate with integrity, be diligent and focused, thrive in a team environment, adapt and learn, and bring a growth mindset every day.

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