Fellowship Positions

Sustainability Associate

Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue Washington 98007-6406
June 2024 - March 2025 (10 months)
Monthly stipend
Additional pay
End of program award

Health care coverage, professional development, industry networking

Position Overview

This Sustainability Associate position is supported through an innovative partnership between Puget Sound Energy and Strategic Energy Innovations. Aimed at addressing the myriad of energy and environmental sustainability initiatives, this Fellowship model presents a distinct opportunity to shape energy efficiencies and sustainability practices across sectors and institutional roles.

At the core of this program is developing the next generation of thinkers and doers to help address sustainability in higher education settings. 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 and professional certificate, 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 campus community.

Role and Responsibilities

Projects may include, but not limited to:

Project Management:

  • Energy and utility field audits in support of operational excellence.
  • Create a plug load inventory and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Support on lighting retrofit and solar projects.
  • Assist with reporting on pay-for-performance and other utility programs. 
  • Update and run analysis on Energy Star Portfolio Manager and other utility and sustainability tools. 
  • Support Bellevue College’s participation in PSE Commercial Strategic Energy Management (CSEM) program and Enel Demand Response program
  • Support planning and installation of 2 new solar PV arrays, and an on-site Solar plus Storage system
  • Support Clean Building Performance Standard compliance

Policy, Research, and Data Analysis:

  • Initiate and engage in greenhouse gas emission inventory processes, climate action planning, strategic planning, and associated program development.
  • Create a draft decarbonization strategy. 
  • Communicate and advocate for the advancement of decarbonization and climate action.

Outreach and Education:

  • Develop partnerships, submit applications for awards, and explore funding sources for related project opportunities. 
  • Develop, facilitate, and conduct campus as a living laboratory projects to fully institutionalize decarbonization efforts.
  • Contribute to and deliver content for social media, ads, reports, presentations, and other communications material to promote sustainability initiatives.
  • Publish reports and materials pertinent to the college’s sustainability efforts.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in sustainability, engineering, design, or energy systems.
  • Related experience in fields related to climate action and strategic planning, energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, and data analysis.
  • Valid driver’s license with reliable transportation to be available on-site.
  • Ability to work remotely if required. 
  • Ability to work independently and carry out assignments, make independent judgments and/or decisions, and discern when action at a higher level is required.
  • Must be able to effectively manage multiple projects and maintain an organized and well communicated workflow.

Ideal Candidate

  • Has a deep passion for sustainability, especially climate resilience, with the practical skills and abilities to affect change in complex systems.
  • Master’s level coursework in sustainability, engineering, design, or energy systems.

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.**


  • 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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