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Field Engineering Technician

Kodama Systems

Kodama Systems

Sonora, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, April 26, 2024
The Role: We are looking for an experienced Operations professional to join our Biomass Team at Kodama. As a key member of the Biomass Team, you will play a vital role in advancing a core tenant of our mission – utilizing biomass to mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfires. The Biomass team is responsible for developing and executing Kodama’s Carbon Vaults.

Ideal candidates have at least 5 years of experience in industrial operations roles in land-based or waste-disposal industries (e.g. forestry, mining, landfills, etc.) and have managed an infrastructure project end-to-end. As an early member of Kodama's Biomass Team, you will have significant responsibility and ownership.

What You Will Do:
  • Project Management – Responsible for our first Carbon Vault project execution, including:
    • Writing and submitting permit documents and modifications
    • Coordination with regulators
    • Project timeline management
    • End-to-end cost management
    • Site health, safety, and environment plan creation and implementation
  • Vendor Management – developing contracts, overseeing the vendor and directing contract execution
    • Working with feedstock processing, transport, and scaling contractors
    • Developing feedstock storage plans
    • Coordinating with excavation, construction, and drilling contractors
    • Coordinating monitoring system installation and maintenance (gas flux monitoring, soil sampling)
  • Finances and budgeting – Communicating with Business Development team to refine pro forma business models for Kodama’s biomass business

Basic Qualifications:
  • 5+ years experience as an operations professional
  • Excellent communicator
  • Entrepreneurial experience, with demonstrated ability to identify and follow critical-path roles and solve open-ended problems efficiently
  • Health and safety-focused, with basic experience creating and implementing health and safety plans, including standard operating procedures, site controls, and risk management
  • Have a BS or BA, candidates with mixed background in business, engineering, and/or science will be more strongly considered
  • Willingness to travel up to 30% for extended field deployments to the Eastern Sierra, near the towns of Benton, Bishop and Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • At times, this may be a physically demanding role requiring:
    • Spending several hours at a time walking around outdoors, possibly in inclement weather
    • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Experience working with MS Office Suite and project management tools (e.g. Asana, Notion, etc.)

Bonus Point Qualifications:
  • Experience working in a land-based industry (e.g. forestry, mining, etc.) with boots-on-the-ground experience
  • Experience in construction management or similar
  • OSHA or MSHA certifications
  • Experience working in carbon dioxide removal markets
  • Experience working with the US Forest Service or environmental stewardship nonprofits contracted with the USFS
  • Systems-thinker, able to understand and interpret the assumptions, inputs, and outputs of environmental models and their implications for our business
  • MS in engineering or science (physics, chemistry, geology, etc.) or MBA

Compensation is dependent upon experience.

Perks:
  • Generous stock options. We're an early-stage company and we want you to benefit from being an early contributor.
  • Flexible time off. Work hard and take time off when you need it.
  • Stay healthy. Full health insurance benefits for you and your family.
  • Learn on the job. Annual conference budget including airfare and accommodations.
  • Spend time in nature. In this role, you'll spend time on treasured public lands and Kodama's pilot site in the beautiful Eastern Sierra.