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Demo-Plant Project Manager



Colorado Springs, CO, USA · Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2024
About Travertine

Travertine is a Climate Tech start-up based in Boulder, CO that is rapidly scaling an electrochemical technology for carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and sustainable critical element extraction. Our process takes carbon dioxide from the air and sources of waste sulfate to produce carbonate minerals, sulfuric acid, and hydrogen. The sulfuric acid is used in extraction of critical elements like lithium and nickel for EV batteries and phosphorus for fertilizer. The Travertine Process was developed by Prof. Laura Lammers at her UC Berkeley lab. Travertine was founded in 2022 to scale this process to gigatons per year of CDR.

In 2022, we raised a seed round from the Grantham Foundation and Clean Energy Ventures, we were one of the first companies to receive pre-purchases of CDR from the new Stripe-led $1B Frontier fund, and we received a $2M grant from the DOE’s ARPA-E program. We were named C&EN 10 startups to watch in 2022, a Bloomberg NEF Pioneer in 2023, and are part of the RMI Third Derivative 1st Gigaton Captured program. We believe in developing practical approaches to solving the climate crisis.

The Role

The Demo-Plant Project Manager will be responsible for managing the site development, permitting, engineering, and construction needed to bring our demo-plant from initial design to operation. This is an exciting and demanding role for an experienced project manager that will include working with our partner, managing internal engineering and R&D work that will inform the design, managing engineering and construction contractors, obtaining necessary permits to operate at the site, procurement of renewable energy, coordination with utility providers, and ultimately managing the installation and commissioning of our demo-plant. This role will report directly to the COO and will work cross-functionally across the entire company.

Key Responsibilities
  • Ensuring the Demo-plant project stays on schedule and on or under budget
  • Coordinating with our partner in regards to site preparation, permitting, and operations
  • Coordinating internal work that informs the engineering design of the Demo-plant
  • Managing external engineering teams and contractors
  • Procuring renewable energy for the project
  • Obtaining necessary permits to operate
  • Ensuring the site is prepared for Demo-plant installation, this will include, temporary building construction, utility drop, and feedstock and product handling plans
  • Clear, regular, communication to all stakeholders
  • 10+ years of experience in engineering and/or construction project management for chemical processing plants
  • Undergraduate degree in engineering, chemical engineering, process engineering or similar relevant discipline
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a multi-million dollar project on schedule and on or under budget
  • Experience with aspects of project development particularly with site work, utility work, and permitting
  • Experience working for and/or with EPC firms
  • Experience in pilot or demo-plant engineering, construction, and operation
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse set of partners, clients, contractors, and people
  • Demonstrated ability to execute challenging projects
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time
Salary Range

Annual salary will be between $100,000 and $175,000 based on experience and qualifications.


Additional benefits include:

  • Stock options
  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance
  • 401k with 3% match
  • Flexible time off policy