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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The Washington Department of Commerce has two openings for Commerce Specialist 3 - Energy Programs In Communities Unit. These positions are responsible for providing advanced professional level program management and contract administration in implementing renewable energy grant programs, as well as related energy program initiatives. These positions primarily focus on administering assigned programs from state and federally funded clean energy grant programs. (posted 5/10/2023)
The Washington Department of Commerce has an opening for a Solar Program Manager (CS3) - Energy Programs In Communities (04921). This position is responsible for providing advanced professional-level program management and contract administration for renewable energy grant programs and related state energy program initiatives. (posted 4/11/2023)
Omnidian has an opening for a Commercial Solar Performance Analyst. This position will have primary responsibility for monitoring and reporting of the operational health and performance of a growing portfolio of commercial solar assets. (posted 4/8/2023)
Spark Northwest is seeking a Project Coordinator: this position will coordinate activities and provide technical assistance to further Spark Northwest’s clean energy programs and projects. Seeking someone who is detail-oriented, resourceful and has strong communication skills. Application review begins 4/15/23. (posted 3/27/2023)
NW Energy Coalition is seeking a Policy and Program Associate: this position will help advance regulatory and policy action, as well as best practices for utility programs to help the region decarbonize the energy sector and advance equitable energy services that bring economic and environmental benefits to communities. (posted 3/24/2023)
Renewable Northwest has an opening for a Technical and Policy Analyst: this position will represent the organization and support legislative, regulatory, and policy activities aimed at advancing the adoption of clean energy and energy storage. (posted 3/20/2023)
The Washington Department of Commerce has an opening for a Commerce Specialist 3 - Energy/ Energy Programs In Communities (03577): This position provides quality assurance, technical, and programmatic support to the Washington State network of Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program Providers, and consultation and technical assistance to related programs within the Energy Division. First review of applications begins on March 28, 2023. (posted 3/20/2023)
Puget Sound Energy has an opening for a DER Commercial Acquisition Manager: this position will lead and coordinate all commercial functions in the acquisition, divestiture and restructuring of energy resources, real estate, and distribution assets; develop and implement acquisition/divestiture strategies; represents all of PSE's interests in commercial development agreements with focus in distributed energy resources (DER). (posted 3/10/2023)
The Washington Department of Commerce has an opening for a Solar Program Manager (CS3) - Energy Programs In Communities (Multiple locations): This position is responsible for providing advanced professional-level program management and contract administration for renewable energy grant programs and related state energy program initiatives. Apply by 2/12/2023. (posted 1/29/2023)
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship: paid opportunity to learn about the federal government and its role in advancing renewable energy. Participants will use their expertise to support solar energy research and development by guiding strategy, designing funding programs, and managing SETO-funded projects. Apply by January 15. (posted 1/2/2023)
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
In 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
In 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)
- Washington Public Utility Districts Association (WPUDA) Jobs Page
- Solar Energy Industries Association
- Solar Living Institute
The 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.
The 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.
Women 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.
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.