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Join our effort to address climate change and biodiversity loss through sustainable water and energy solutions. We believe two heads are better than one, and are looking for collaborative, optimistic, and mission-driven future teammates to accelerate the clean energy transition with sustainable hydropower.

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Perks & Benefits

Inclusive, Mission-Driven Team Culture

We strive to create a community that celebrates the diverse backgrounds and unique talents of each team member, honors our shared commitment to improving the health of our planet, and makes space for different ways of thinking, feeling, and being. As an extension of our mission to combat climate change and protect biodiversity, we are committed to fostering a culture that recognizes, includes, and respects all life.

Workplace Centered Around Our People Being Their Best Selves

Whether you want to bring your pet to work or need a spot to take a shower after a morning bike ride, our Alameda office is designed to support the way you work best. We provide remote employees with the equipment they need to thrive in their home offices, and we host annual retreats to bring our whole internationally-distributed team together in person.

Paid Time Off to Allow Full Lives Outside of Work

We think it’s incredibly important to take time off from work to pursue whatever it is that brings you joy away from the job, and we also understand that life takes unexpected turns. We offer 4 weeks paid vacation, as well as paid sick and family leave plans so you can take the time you need to care for yourself and your loved-ones.

Comprehensive Medical, Dental, & Vision Coverage

Health care should not be something that keeps you up at night. We offer flexible, trans-inclusive healthcare plans, as well as  dental and vision coverage so that you and your family have access to the care you need to live vibrant, healthy lives.

Employee Rewards Program

In addition to annual performance-based employee bonuses, we celebrate good work as it happens with spot bonuses awarded by managers to recognize the completion of a big project. We also fund peer bonuses that allow you to reward your colleagues —or be rewarded by them —for going the extra mile.

401K & Donation Matching

Planning for the future and supporting causes you care about in the present both provide the peace of mind needed to do your best work. Let us help you save for retirement with a generous 401k match, and direct more dollars to social and environmental good through quarterly matching for charitable donations.

Open Positions

Civil Engineer

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Mechanical Engineer

As a Mechanical Engineer on Natel Energy's Turbine team, you will play a key role in the development and manufacturing of Natel’s family of low head fish safe hydro turbine products. Our organization requires a skilled and detail oriented individual who is excited to bring their technical communication, design, and process skills to bear on modern renewable energy hydro turbine equipment. 

  • Are you a proactive, thoughtful mechanical engineer seeking new challenges in a dynamic environment? Does working with multiple collaborators on a range of parallel design projects sound exciting rather than daunting? Do you take pride in your organizational and communications skills?

  • Are you passionate about creating simple, elegant solutions to structural and manufacturing design problems? Does an ideal engineering role for you blend thoughtful application of existing standards and practices with targeted development and testing? Do you enjoy finding ways to parameterize, standardize, and simplify designs?

  • Do you consider yourself a detail oriented, analytical engineer who can use a mix of hand calcs and robust finite element analysis to confidently assess a design space? Are you drawn toward design optimization problems where strength, stiffness, durability, and cost are closely coupled?

  • Are you excited to bring Natel’s modern hydro turbine designs to production across a range of physical scales, multiple continents, and many types of projects?

If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply to this opportunity! Your role will cover the following areas of responsibility:

  • Structural design: You will work with the engineering and supply chain teams to move preliminary and detailed designs forward, with a focus specifically on Natel’s unique RHT runner (propeller) and related components. You will evaluate new concepts and turbine designs; detail components and assemblies using a mix of materials and processes; conduct and document analyses and tolerance stackups; design fixtures, tools and test equipment; review others’ work, both internal and external; and collaborate in manufacturing, assembly, testing, validation, and operational efforts.

  • Manufacturing: You will collaborate with vendors and fabricators and use your knowledge of technical communication and manufacturing methods to develop and optimize drawings, manufacturing process plans, and QA processes, propelling designs from prototypes to volume production. 

  • Full product lifecycle: You will focus on the delivery of long-life components and continual improvement of designs and processes by evaluating test articles, production first articles, and existing + future fielded units.

To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • A degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar

  • An organized and analytical approach to problem solving

  • Extensive 3D CAD modeling experience, including surfacing

  • Experience in conducting well-documented structural / mechanical analyses

  • Experience with structural FEA

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills - comfortable receiving as well as providing guidance and technical material from/to engineers, designers, technicians, and suppliers

  • An interest in applying a range of manufacturing techniques and materials to produce critical hydro turbine components

  • Confidence in working independently to drive a project forward

The following specific skillsets are pluses:

  • At least 5 years in a similar role

  • Specific experience with Siemens NX and NX Nastran

  • Experience with PLM tools, preferably Siemens Teamcenter

  • Experience with master modeling

  • Experience with composites design, analysis, and manufacturing

  • Familiarity with a range of FEA techniques including 1D / connection elements, 2D and laminate modeling, mixing element types; and assessing a variety of failure modes

  • Hands-on experience with relevant processes (machining, fabrication, composite layup, inspection, assembly, etc) whether professionally or personally

  • Endorsements or certifications in applicable skill areas

  • A well-versed understanding of ASME Y14.5 GD&T

Natel Energy may consider exceptional candidates for remote employment, though if remote your role will require occasional onsite presence at Natel's Alameda, CA facility. Onsite candidates are preferred.

This position will report to Natel’s VP of Engineering.

Our hiring process

Natel Energy is committed to building, supporting, and growing a diverse team. We have a standardized interview process designed to reduce individual bias, and have structured pay scales to prevent inequity. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Interested applicants should send a resume, a cover letter specific to the role appended to the resume, and portfolio, if available.

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Sales Associate - US Market

Natel Energy’s mission is to restore rivers while generating reliable, renewable energy, motivated by the fact that climate change is water change. We do this through a combination of hardware, software and project development. Our hardware solutions are fish-safe, compact, high-performance turbines ranging from 100 kW to 3 MW, that produce reliable renewable energy while protecting or enhancing watershed ecosystems. Our software solutions combine satellite data and advanced machine learning techniques to provide more accurate, timely and efficient solutions for forecasting water resources and monitoring landscape change at the watershed scale. Our project development team finds, secures, develops and builds optimal projects deploying our technology solutions.

In that context, we are currently looking for a Sales Associate dedicated to the US market for the hardware solutions. The Sales Associate will reinforce the existing US sales team.

The Sales Associate  will support the team by driving sales opportunities for direct turbine sales on the US market (and possibly Canada) from origination to deal close. As part of a dynamic and agile team, you will have the opportunity to significantly contribute to Natel’s growth by contributing to the growth of Natel’s Hydro Turbine business in North America with a strong focus on the USA. If you are a driven individual seeking a wide range of responsibility and an opportunity to drive sales activity in the renewable energy space, we encourage you to apply.

Responsibilities

  • Originate turbine sales opportunities by screening, identifying and assessing any new turbine sales opportunity in the USA;

  • Have regular contacts and follow-ups with customers to have an accurate understanding of their needs and position the Natel Restoration Hydro Turbine (RHT) appropriately;

  • Manage the full sales cycle for the relevant opportunities, from screening through writing and submitting non-binding and binding proposals to contract negotiation and close;

  • Identify and coordinate with project partners if necessary;

  • Regularly report operational status of the US turbines sales opportunities to the management team;

  • Work closely with the rest of the commercial team (in particular the US sales team) to ensure that the best support is provided to customers;

  • Work closely with the engineering team to ensure that the best support is provided to the projects being developed by Natel’s customers;

  • Work closely with the project execution team to ensure proper handover from the sales phase to the execution phase;

  • Act as a representative of Natel towards customers and stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience in sales activity in the United States in the energy transition / renewable energy space. Prior hydro experience would be a plus.

  • A mechanical or electrical engineering background would be a plus.

  • Located in the United States; this position is not open to international candidates requiring sponsorship for work visa

You would be a good fit if:

  • You want to work at a dynamic, agile, impact-focused company. 

  • You're pragmatic and get things done efficiently without sacrificing quality.

  • You're humble, empathetic, and understand that giving and receiving honest direct feedback helps everyone to grow.

  • You’re a great communicator and enjoy collaborating with an engaged team.

  • You’re self-motivated, have an independent work ethic and can stay organized and manage your own time well across multiple projects

  • You are passionate about decarbonizing our grid while making our watersheds more resilient to climate change!

Location & Travel

Remote with option of being based in Alameda, California. We conduct business using technologies like Slack, Google Suite, Asana and video conferencing. We do an annual in-person trip to our Alameda office to work, bond, and celebrate our successes. If you prefer to work in an office, this position could be staffed at our offices in Alameda, CA.

Travel. We are looking for someone with flexibility to travel to hydro power plants sites for meetings and conferences ~25% of the time on an as-needed basis.

Our hiring process

Natel Energy is committed to building, supporting, and growing a diverse team. We have a standardized interview process designed to reduce individual bias, and have structured pay scales to prevent inequity. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


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Testimonials

When I first got a job at Natel, I was excited to be working in a job in the renewable energy field, but I had reservations about working at a hydropower company, as I knew about the negative effects of traditional hydropower on aquatic ecosystems. As my time at Natel has progressed I have come to see that we are truly making a turbine that can safely pass fish while also generating renewable energy. I like that I am working on a technology that is helping to fight climate change, and restore ecosystems.

Ian Gagnon,
Senior Mechanical Engineer
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I'm always encouraged by my manager and peers to ask for projects that help build/hone my skillset. In addition, as Natel grows, I get to add new skills and grow into unique and challenging roles. I believe these experiences are valuable for my career growth.

Tatiana Marzan,
Analyst, US Projects
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"Natel has provided me the flexibility and support to pursue my passion for environmental impact through both original research and fast-paced product development.''

Sterling Watson,
Staff Mechanical Engineer
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"I have never had an employer where everyone can disagree agreeably. I believe this is true because I'm surrounded by some of the smartest and most grounded people in the world. They're fun too!"

Rosalind Jackson,
Compliance Manager
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"Everyone at Natel, regardless of their functional areas, seniority level or role, is passionate about environmental sustainability. It's unique to see such a consistent level of commitment to the same goals among such a diverse group of team members."

Kizzie Brown,
Chief Financial Officer
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"The transparency, collaboration and inclusivity from the top down is phenomenal. It's truly like a family and I have felt welcomed with open arms from day one."

Nick Arnold,
Director, Project Office
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"There doesn't appear to be a singular brute force/one-size-fits-all solution to our energy and climate crisis — it appears that it's going to take multiple smaller solutions working together.  Natel is one of these small (yet critical!) solutions and it's a good feeling at the end of the day to know that you've spent that day contributing to a mission that truly matters."

Owen Hale,
Mechanical Engineer