We’re looking for people who want to take action to protect the planet.

At Natel your work makes a difference

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

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Perks & Benefits

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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. We are committed to fostering a culture that recognizes, includes, and respects all life.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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401K Matching

Let us help you save for retirement with a generous 401k match that helps make your personal contributions go further towards meeting your savings goals.

Open Positions

Corporate Controller


Natel Energy has an exciting opportunity for a Corporate Controller. The Corporate Controller will be located at the company’s HQ, the former Navy Base in Alameda, CA, or could alternatively work from home anywhere in the U.S. This role will be involved in both corporate and project accounting and will report to our Chief Financial Officer.  This position will give you international exposure. 

If you have six or more years of experience, have a CPA, and either public accounting, tech and/or engineering industry experience, this could be the role for you!


  • Responsible for all of the month-end, quarterly and year-end closing.

  • Reconcile accounts monthly to ensure accurate reporting and ledger maintenance

  • Review transaction coding and financial statements for accuracy, legal compliance and alignment to budgeted expense coding.

  • Cash and multi-year financial planning. 

  • Internal lead for  annual financial audit and grants audit  audits.

  • Utilize NetSuite’s solution portfolio to enhance accountability at HoldCo, ProjectCo, and subsidiary level.  

  • IInternal AR and AP planning and oversight with major business units under the NetSuite services umbrella.   

  • Oversee accounting for one major office and various hydropower project site locations.  

  • Collaborate with leadership to assess and make important financial decisions

  • Prepare financial documents such as business reports, financial forecasts, and statements to understand the financial state of the business

  • Maintain up to date knowledge on the financial market to understand how to maximize profits and find new expansion areas

  • Prepare the company financials according to US GAAP standards  to meet legal requirements and keep the financial state of the company in good standing

  • Ensure the company complies with financial regulations

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Economics, Business Administration, Accounting, or Finance from an accredited college or university in a work-related discipline or field. A Master’s Degree (M.A.) in Accounting is a plus.

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

  • A minimum of six years professional experience as a Controller.

  • Strong understanding of federal, state, and local tax regulations, and working knowledge of international finance

  • Proficiency with  Oracle NetSuite, financial analytics & scores, and management forecasts is mandatory.   

  • Industry experience in renewable) energy, technology, or engineering  business is preferred

  • Demonstrated people skills and ability to cultivate and maintain relationships at all levels.

  • Annual Internal Audit experience preferred.

  • Comfortable working in a changing and very dynamic start-up like environment.    

You’d be a good fit if:

  • You want to work at a growing, impact-focused company. We measure our success with a triple bottom line and put our principles before profits.

  • You're pragmatic and want to get things done 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 can stay organized and manage your own time.

If you’re passionate about water, climate, and renewable energy, we encourage you to apply if you don’t meet every qualification.

Compensation & Benefits

Starting pay for the successful applicant will depend on a variety of job-related factors, which may include job-related knowledge, skills, and experience, market location, business needs, other compensation components, and/or market demands. The starting base salary range for this role is  $100-$150K. This range may be modified in the future.

In addition to competitive salaries, we offer equity to new employees and incentive compensation  based on team performance.

We are proud to offer great benefits like 4 weeks of paid vacation and trans-inclusive health insurance plans (along with dental, vision and life insurance). We want our team to live full lives outside of work.


Remote with option of being based in Alameda, CA. We conduct business using technologies like Slack and video conferencing. We do an annual in-person trip to work, bond, and celebrate our successes.

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Mechanical Technician


Natel Energy is seeking a skilled and detail-oriented Mechanical Technician to join our team and assist in R&D activities related to fish-safe hydro turbine development. In this role, you will be responsible for the fabrication and assembly of scale model hydro turbines and system test fixtures as well as participating in performance and fish passage testing operations. Additionally, you will share responsibility for maintaining a machine shop, aquaculture system, and warehouse space located in a historic hangar in Alameda, CA. The successful candidate will have a strong background as an engineering technician with hands-on experience in fabrication and assembly, be highly motivated and organized, and be a strong team player and collaborator.


  • Hydro Turbine Fabrication and Assembly

    • Fabricate and assemble scale model hydro turbines and testing infrastructure according to specifications and engineering drawings.

    • Conduct quality control checks to ensure accuracy and functionality of assembled turbines.

    • Collaborate with engineers to identify and resolve any fabrication or assembly issues.

    • Perform maintenance and repairs on existing hydro turbines as needed.

  • Aquaculture System Maintenance

    • Maintain and monitor an aquaculture system, ensuring proper functioning of pumps, filters, and other equipment.

    • Conduct regular water quality testing and implement necessary adjustments to maintain optimal conditions for aquatic organisms.

    • Oversee feeding and care of fish.

    • Troubleshoot and resolve any issues or malfunctions.

  • Shop maintenance and upkeep, includingCNC machinery maintenance and troubleshooting

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Proven experience in mechanical fabrication, assembly, and testing.

  • Strong knowledge of mechanical principles and manufacturing processes

  • General shop mechanical and electrical equipment knowledge

  • Forklift and crane operation

  • Manual machine tools, Mill, Lathe, drill press etc. 

  • CNC mill operation

  • Welding (MIG/TIG)

  • CAD/CAM (Siemens NX, Fusion 360)

  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings with a good understanding of GD&T 

  • Quality assurance, part inspection

  • Strong safety mindset and contributor to building a healthy safety culture

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail

  • Effective time management and organizational abilities

  • Strong communication and teamwork skills

  • Experience in maintaining and operating aquaculture systems and caring for fish is a plus

We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet every qualification. If you’re passionate about water, climate and renewable energy we’d love to chat!

We are proud to offer great benefits like 4 weeks of paid vacation and trans-inclusive health insurance plans (along with dental, vision and life insurance). We want our team to live full lives outside of work. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer equity to new employees and other incentive compensation for overall team performance. 

Starting pay for the successful applicant will depend on a variety of job-related factors, which may include job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Compensation range for on site CA applicants is $26-$36. This range may be modified in the future.


Alameda, California. We conduct business using technologies like Slack and video conferencing. We have an office and R&D facility in Alameda, CA, which is where many of our hardware team works in-person on a regular basis. We get together for occasional in-person gatherings to work, bond, and celebrate our successes. 

Travel. As needed to provide support at field sites to maintain Natel Energy’s operating projects. 

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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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

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

"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

"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

"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

"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