Climate Careers offers young leaders the opportunity to gain paid, hands-on work experience while taking climate action
As an Energy Specialist, you’ll report to work at your site office each morning where you will pair up with your partner, collect the equipment you’ll need for your appointments, and head out into the field to provide Green House Call services to local residents with pre-arranged appointments.
At each appointment, you’ll provide the resident with:
- A basic energy and water assessment
- Installation of energy and water saving devices such as light bulbs and showerheads
- Energy and water saving tips and education
This is all provided to the residents at no cost! Don’t worry, you’ll be thoroughly trained before you go out into the field; by the time you’re in someone’s home, you’ll be a water and energy efficiency expert.
In 2023, Energy Specialists will earn $18.50/hour during the Green House Call portion of Climate Careers and $19.50/hour during the externship portion.
Energy Specialist Drivers will earn $19.50/hour throughout, plus mileage reimbursement.
To be an Energy Assistant, you must be:
- Resident in one of the nine Bay Area counties or the City of Stockton
- Between 15 and 22 years old
- Committed to working and learning four days a week in a supportive environment
Just submit your application via email to the address indicated on the job description. Descriptions for all open positions can be found on our jobs page.
LIFT stands for Leader in Field Training and is a position available to former Energy Specialists looking to increase their leadership skills and gain additional work experience within the Climate Careers program.
There is one LIFT for each Climate Careers site. The LIFT supports Summer Program Managers and serves as a mentor for Energy Specialists while ensuring the smooth operation of the site and helping provide weekly professional development offerings.
Climate Careers started in 2000, when Rising Sun taught a residential energy efficiency workshop at Berkeley High School.
The students, inspired and empowered, decided they wanted to do more than just talk about climate change. They resolved to carry their newfound knowledge out into the community and Climate Careers was born.
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Some people didn’t understand the bigger picture behind Climate Careers, and when you tell someone about climate change that’s a huge umbrella that warrants more questions. I didn’t mind sitting down with people and telling them more, small steps they could take—and sometimes, they share the information with others.
2022 Climate Careers Energy Specialist and Rising Sun Electrification Extern; 2022 Opportunity Build Graduate
One of the clients I was emotionally touched by was an elderly woman who lived by herself. She admitted that she rarely got to talk to anyone, especially during the pandemic, and it made me greatly appreciate the friends and family that had kept in touch with me virtually. At the end, she thanked me for assisting her in scheduling a kit because she would have been financially unable to purchase the home fixtures herself.
2020 Energy Assistant
I really like outreach because a lot of it is informative. If you don’t know what’s going on, you’re not going to change anything. I don’t think it’s that people don’t want to help, I think it’s that they don’t know how.
CLEAResult Energy Specialist and 2014 Climate Careers Alum