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Latent environmentalists working in the financial services industry may be pleased to learn of growing demand for financiers to work with renewable energy investments.

"Renewable energy funds are springing up all over the place," says Guy Townsend at search firm Walker Hamill. "We're starting to see real interest in the sector and jobs are slowly starting to come in."

The bad news is that idealistic young things may have to wait a few years to get a foot in the door. At the moment, Townsend says most of the jobs are for senior origination and investment staff, but he predicts more junior roles will come next: "You don't need juniors until the institutional structure with deal flow and investor funds is in place. Then we will see demand for the number crunchers and deal execution staff."

He adds that renewable energy-related roles are currently focused in the private equity and venture capital space, as funds gear up to invest in the new technologies. For example, HG Capital, the real estate investment manager, has already invested more than 60m into wind farms in Wales and Scotland, and plans to acquire another €750m to €1bn of similar assets in the next three to four years.

The good news for juniors, however, is that there a few entry level opportunities in the broader renewable energy sector. For example, Climate Change Capital, an investment bank focused on companies affected by climate change, is looking to add another 20 or so people to its 60 man team.

Paul Riordan, HR director at Climate Change Capital says the firm is recruiting across the board: "We're looking for analysts and associates, preferably with an investment banking, or private equity background."

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