I began working as the Communications Specialist for the Clayton County Energy District (Iowa) in March of 2019. This was sort of a stumbled upon opportunity as I knew I wanted to stop my career at Upper Iowa University as the Coordinator of Retail Services and pursue something that would positively effect the environment. I happened to message Joleen Jansen to ask if there were any opportunities with the District. She happened to be needing someone right in that moment and it almost worked out too smoothly.
Not only did Joleen offer me a part time job as a communications specialist the first time we talked on Zoom, but she also let me know she would positively refer me to the Green Iowa AmeriCorps program I had recently applied for. Two positive environmental activism opportunities were thrown at me at once, I knew it was time for a transition in my life!
Since beginning, I have gained a ton of experience in many areas; energy efficiency, marketing, press releases, graphic work, Word Press, writing articles, events, and much more. I have been writing articles, mostly summarizing or marketing events and initiatives for the Clayton County Energy District. These articles are then posted on the CCED website and social media pages. Through participating in the different events and initiatives and writing about them, I have learned a lot about different clean energy efficiency techniques such as lighting, solar, battery storage, etc.
I have been able to network with many people who can lead me in the direction I am pursuing and I can't wait to see where this position and experience happens to lead me! This has been an almost full circle opportunity in many ways.