Clean Energy Employment Opportunities in Washington

Following are a list of current job announcements which are directly and indirectly related to the solar industry here in the state of Washington and the surrounding region. This list is updated often.

If your company has a current opening, please send your job announcements to [email protected].

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NEW! Read the recent report from the Clean Energy Transition Institute and find out how existing and future jobs would change if the Northwest were on the path to net-zero emissions. If you are new to the field, check out the Solar Career Map showing 40 among many career options in the expanding solar universe, along with paths to progress within any of these solar-related occupations, or necessary skills and credentials to advance between them. 

Recent Opportunities:

Washington Conservation Action (WCA) is seeking a Climate and Clean Energy Senior Manager.  This full-time hybrid (minimum of 40% in the Seattle office) or fully remote (for those located within Washington State, but outside of mass transit options to our Seattle office) position will advance equitable and effective climate action in Washington State. (apply preferably by August 5, 2024)

Cascadia Renewables is hiring an Executive Assistant.  This full-time position will work from Home (Business based in Bellingham, WA) to play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth operation of executive functions, facilitating effective communication, and contributing to the success of internal and external initiatives. 

WASEIA is seeking an Executive Director. This full-time hybrid remote in Olympia position will, among others: expand the organization’s base of members and allies; strengthen and expand WASEIA’s revenue base and fiscal management; lead staff and day-to-day operations; act as a representative of the organization with critical stakeholders and members of the press; and develop/ implement pro-solar policy objectives in partnership with the Board of Directors (BOD). (posted 7/2/2024)

The Clean Energy Transition Institute is seeking a Summer Communications Intern (Part-Time). This position will assist the Communications Manager in executing CETI’s 2024 communications and engagement strategy.  Hours and location of work for the summer Communications Intern will be determined with the selected candidate. (apply by June 14, 2024)

The Washington Chapter of the Sierra Club is hiring a Chapter Director.  This full-time hybrid position is responsible for the development of plans, priorities, and strategies; assuring equity and inclusion; staff supervision; fundraising; volunteer development and member services; administration; budgeting and financial management; and media relations. (apply by May 24, 2024)

WSU Energy Program is seeking an Industrial Energy Engineer.  This position in Pullman, WA will conceive, propose, develop, budget and manage delivery of commercial and industrial program and project technical products by small teams, focusing on performance, energy efficiency, economics, decarbonization, and use of cost-effective renewable energy resources. (apply by April 10, 2024)

Northwest Electric and Solar is seeking an Energy Project Manager. This position in Kenmore, WA is for someone with experience in the electrical and construction field to help see our projects through from the point of sale to full operation and to ensure that customers receive the highest quality service possible, projects are planned and permitted correctly, and that local utilities have been supplied with the proper documentation for every project. (posted 3/19/2024)

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is seeking a Senior Program Manager – Local Initiatives. This remote, flexible position will support the Local Initiatives team in achieving aggressive goals to increase the adoption of national solar deployment. (apply until March 15, 2024)

Sparks Northwest is seeking a Program Manager. This full-time, with option of part-time, position will work closely with community partners, providing coaching and support to develop clean energy plans and projects. Spark Northwest works in Oregon and Washington and has a hybrid workplace. (posted 2/27/2024, apply before 3/20/2024)

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) seeks a Senior Program Manager – Local Initiatives.  This remote position supports the Local Initiatives team in achieving aggressive goals to increase the adoption of national solar deployment, working with partners to recruit communities and provides technical assistance to local governments.  (closes 3/15/2024)

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is seeking a Customer Solar Coordinator.  This hybrid position will be responsible for coordinating operational activities associated with the execution of program activities including net metering application reviews, creating net metering service orders, billing implementation and inquiries from installers, customers and other internal & external stakeholders. (posted 2/8/2024)

The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) is seeking a Program Director for the Renewables Program. This position based in Portland, OR, will be instrumental in steering top-tier program management and execution across multiple states, while ensuring that our efforts are inclusive and benefit all sections of society, particularly those historically marginalized. (posted 2/8/24)

The Clean Energy Transition Institute is seeking a Research Analyst. This position will be responsible for researching, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting studies, policies, and data related to equitable deep decarbonization in the Northwest. Experience working on one or more of the following is preferred: clean energy in rural communities, energy workforce development and economic impact analysis, and building decarbonization. (Posted 1/31/24).

The Washington State Department of Commerce is seeking a Tribal Clean Energy Specialist. This position serves as a statewide convener with diverse stakeholders, including legislators and other elected tribal officials, experts and leaders in state and local government agencies, advocacy organizations, businesses, and program managers within Commerce and will lead the analysis, development and implementation of state energy and climate policy.  (closing 2/8/2024)

Educational & Workforce Development Opportunities 

There are several clean energy and other related educational programs at institutions throughout Washington as well as nationwide. Click for a listing of programs

Solar Washington Webinar Presentation-Working in Solar: Job Types at a Solar Installer

PresentationScreenShot2.jpgIn this presentation from January 15, 2021, Working in Solar: Job Types at a Solar Installer, Solar Washington Board member Kevin Moens (also of Seattle, WA based A&R Solar) outlined the types of positions commonly found within a solar installation company. From design, installation, finance to marketing and more  Kevin provided this one-hour overview of positions, needed skills, education and more. Click to access the webinar recording. (Free to view, but registration required.)

 

Solar Washington Webinar Presentation-Working in Solar: Job Types and Functions at a Utility

utility_slide250.jpgIn this presentation from February 2, 2021, Working in Solar: Job Types and Functions at a Utility, Solar Washington welcomed Bart Hansen of Clark PUD and Suzy Oversvee of Snohomish PUD (both of whom are Solar Washington Board members), who discussed solar-related jobs and activities at their respective utilities as well as insights into skills and education needed for various solar-related roles at a utility. Click to access the webinar recording. (Free to view, but registration required.)

 

Organizations and sectors with additional & ongoing job listings (inside and outside Washington)

SFlogo.jpgThe Solar Foundation’s annual National Solar Jobs Census is a comprehensive report on employment trends within the U.S. solar industry, nationwide and state by state. The latest Solar Jobs Census includes data for 2020. Click to read the full report. The Solar Foundation also has released the Solar Jobs Map, an online resource with localized data on the U.S. solar workforce. Solar Jobs Map.

 

WISE180.jpgThe U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an overview of the growth of solar power in the United States as well as careers in the field. This includes links to occupations in the sector including research, engineering, manufacturing, installation and more. Click to be taken to the BLS website

 

WISE180.jpgWomen in Solar Energy (WISE) is a 501c3 non-profit membership organization with a mission to promote diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the solar energy industry. Women in Solar Energy is the networking center point of the solar energy industry, united towards a common goal of advancing women in all aspects of the solar energy industry and promoting diversity and forward thinking business practices in our community. WISE does this through education, capacity building, advocacy, strategic partnerships, networking and events.  Click to go to the WISE website.

Additional

Report on jobs in the energy efficiency, solar and EV fields. From the Clean Energy Transition Institute. The Northwest Energy Coalition recently came out with a list of recommendations to promote diversity in the solar workforce. Click to view.


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