Fellowship Positions

Climate & Energy Education Fellow

The Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy (PNCECE)
Location
600 Centralia College Blvd Centralia Washington 98531
Format
In person
Term
June 2024 - May 2025 (12 months)
Stipend
$3000
Monthly stipend
Additional pay
$1000
End of program award
Benefits

Health care coverage, professional development, industry networking

About The Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy (PNCECE)

PNCECE is a statewide and regional resource that represents the interests of the energy industry and labor partners within the Washington State Community and Technical College system. We exist to narrow the gap between employers’ demands for a highly skilled workforce and the colleges’ ability to supply work-ready graduates. We convene industry and labor to help drive workforce development initiatives — and coordinate community college resources after industry and labor set the direction.

Our work focuses on employees within electricity generation, transmission and distribution, which includes energy efficiency and smart grid; and the emerging technologies that affect the industry – such as, battery and bio-technologies, fusion, hydrogen, solar and wind. Our state’s leadership has set bold initiatives that are driving quick changes in the industry to lower carbon emissions. We connect people to resources and help increase college program and energy career awareness.

Overview

If you’re passionate about partner outreach, inspiring youth, and helping to advance clean energy initiatives, then this may be an opportunity for you!

The Climate/Energy Education Fellow is supported through an innovative partnership between Centralia College, Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) and TransAlta; with funds provided by Centralia Coal Transition Grants. Aimed at addressing Washington state’s myriad of energy and environmental sustainability initiatives, this Fellowship model presents a distinct opportunity to increase clean energy and career knowledge, shape energy efficiencies and sustainability practices.

At the core of this program is developing the next generation of thinkers and doers to help address clean energy and sustainability within education. Roles in educational sustainability require a distinct combination of aptitudes including project management, data analytics, and community development. In addition to the Climate Corps training, this position offers professional development opportunities designed to help provide the range of skills necessary to execute sustainable programs or practices.

The candidate will work on pressing climate and sustainability problems and be relied upon to work toward replicable solutions. A customized mix of on-the-job training, field work and class time will help the Fellow hone marketable skills and draw important professional connections while making a marked difference in the K-12 community.

Position Description

The Climate/Energy Education Fellow will support PNCECE hosted at Centralia College and collaborate with wide-ranging project partners in Lewis and south Thurston counties in order to support sustainability workforce development pathways that, 1) educate, promote and facilitate energy initiatives in K-12 programs, 2) facilitate higher education faculty engagement with topics such as building efficiency standards policy, environmental science, clean energy, HVAC and more, through communities of practice, and 3) provide internship opportunities to residents, and high school and college students 18 years of age and older. This innovative programming supported by SEI and the Climate/Energy Education Fellow is designed in order to create a skilled workforce that will be employable through high-wage clean energy and energy efficiency job opportunities in the region and state.

The Fellow will be supported by SEI, a regional supervisor and the director of the Pacific NW Center of Excellence for Clean Energy.

Responsibilities

  • Assist the Center of Excellence and local stakeholders in organizing summer FWEE/STEM program (week of June 24).
  • Promote training opportunities and resources for high school teachers and recruit participation into the program (Lewis and south Thurston counties).
  • Assist with recruiting college faculty into Energy Community of Practice and support program logistics (administrative tasks)
  • Promote the renewable energy classes in Centralia HS and WF West (on campuses)
  • Promote careers in energy at outreach events (such as the Lewis County Fair with LC PUD)
  • In coordination with SEI staff and local high schools; create, launch and facilitate an energy conservation competition plan between two schools.
  • Identify partners and site supervisors, such as at Centralia College and Centralia College East, to host two internship opportunities (SEI is the liaison for those interns)
  • Additional projects assigned through the Center of Excellence for Clean Energy. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Preferred: Associate’s degree or higher in an energy related or education field.
  • Strong communications skills (writing, corresponding, speaking) with the ability to communicate with high school and college faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • Basic understanding how public education institutions work
  • Ability to work independently while also excelling in teamwork environments.
  • Comfortable with basic functions of Google Office Suite, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Conduct online meetings, using technical aspects of Zoom and Teams platforms.
  • Be an organized, self-starter and demonstrate excellent time management skills.
  • Follow SEI policies, procedures, and guidelines.

We encourage anyone who is interested in this position and who meets some of the qualifications to apply, even if they do not meet all of them. We recognize that a unique perspective and background can enhance a role when many, if not all, of the listed qualifications are met.

**If you would need to relocate for this position, please note that you need to be in the state you are relocating to no less than 10 business days before the start of the fellowship.**

Benefits

  • End-of-program financial award​.
  • Healthcare coverage with 100% of healthcare insurance premiums covered by the employer.
  • Access to a national Member Assistance Program, which includes financial and legal assistance, medical advocacy, and counseling services. 
  • Professional and Personal Development Training
  • ​Career-readiness training in interview preparation, salary negotiation, and developing a professional resume and cover letter.
  • Attending panels, workshops, and presentations by climate resilience industry professionals. 
  • Professional networking opportunities. 

About Climate Corps

Climate Corps, a program of SEI, is an award-winning fellowship program that provides professional development opportunities for emerging leaders through implementation of sustainability and resiliency projects with local governments, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses. To see a full list of climate, energy, and sustainability positions posted by Climate Corps, please visit here: https://jobs.climatecorps.org/listings. We are constantly adding positions, so make sure to frequently check this site to see if there are new opportunities available.

SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity. We believe that a wide array of perspectives contributes to creative climate solutions where all communities thrive. We strive to reflect diverse communities, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply. A commitment to work and learn within an anti-oppression framework is required. https://www.seiinc.org/dei.html


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