Learn more about what it means to join the Climate Careers team as an Energy Specialist directly from program participants.
Climate Careers is a summer employment and training program for 15-22 year olds. When you join our program, you’ll be trained to work as an Energy Specialist, helping residents save energy, water, and money through Green House Calls.
When you work with Rising Sun, you’ll gain valuable skills, work in a supportive environment, earn a paycheck AND help your community!
In summer 2019, we employed more than 120 youth in the areas shown on the map.
To be an Energy Specialist, you must be:
- A resident of one of the areas in which Climate Careers operates.
- These cities/counties can change each year.
- Between 15 and 22 years old.
- Committed to working four days a week for seven weeks during the summer.
- Ready to have the best job of your life!
You’ll receive a week of training at the start of the program along with weekly professional development sessions.
As an Energy Specialist, you’ll be making a big, positive impact on the environment.
You’ll provide valuable, no-cost services to community members.
Leaders In Field Training (LIFT)
Have you worked as an Energy Specialist before and are ready for the next step?
The LIFT position is a great opportunity for returning Energy Specialists ages 18-24 to continue to grow within the Climate Careers program and learn technical and transferable skills in a leadership role. LIFT are given the opportunity to gain leadership skills and acquire hands-on experience in program management by assisting their Summer Program Managers.
As a LIFT, you’ll continue to make a difference in your community, help the environment, and earn a bigger paycheck doing it.
“I’ve gained knowledge about energy. Lots of tricks and tips that have helped me and my family. Also, I met a ton of awesome people… [Climate Careers is a] great program that gives youth experience so that we can go out and thrive.”
“I thought it was really fun and really looked forward to work every morning. My favorite part was talking to the clients who were really excited about the program!”
“It gave me some insight as to how some small changes could still have a big impact on our environmental footprint. Climate Careers also gave me a nice experience for a first job.”