Climate Careers is an employment and training program for 15 to 22-year-olds. As an Energy Assistant, you’ll help residents save energy, water, and money through Green House Calls.

When you work with Rising Sun, you’ll gain valuable professional skills, work in a supportive environment, earn a paycheck, AND help your community!


In summer 2019, we employed more than 120 youth in the Bay Area and San Joaquin County.

To be an Energy Assistant, you must be:

  • A resident of the City of Oakland
  • Between 16 and 21 years old
  • Committed to working four days a week
  • Committed to learning in a supportive environment!

NOTE: Our 2021 Green House Call process has changed due to COVID-19. Please visit our jobs page to view available youth opportunities.

Skill Building

You’ll receive a week of training at the start of the program, in addition to weekly professional development sessions.



As an Energy Assistant, you’ll make a tangible, positive impact on the environment.



You’ll provide valuable, no-cost services to your community.


Leaders In Field Training (LIFT)

Have you previously worked as an Energy Specialist? Take the next step!

The LIFT position is a great opportunity for returning Energy Specialists ages 18-24 to continue participating in Climate Careers while learning technical, transferable skills. LIFT gain hands-on leadership and program management experience by assisting Summer Program Managers.

As a LIFT, you’ll continue to make a difference in your community and help the environment, all while earning a bigger paycheck.



For additional seasonal job opportunities, please check our jobs page.

“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.”

Climate Careers Participant

“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!”

Climate Careers Participant

“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.”

Climate Careers Participant