Energy Conservation Specialist (QCI Certified)
Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington counties is a private, nonprofit organization that offers a variety of services and programs to people living in poverty in Ramsey and Washington counties. Our mission is to work to reduce the causes of poverty and its impact on people’s lives in our community.
Monday-Friday, 40 Hrs/Week (8:00 AM- 4:30 PM)
Under the supervision of the Program Director, Energy Conservation, this position is responsible for performing home energy audits, performing analysis or energy conservation methods, preparing necessary work orders related to energy audits, and advising on energy conservation techniques. This position must perform quality control inspections on the weatherization crews and subcontractors work.
Essential Functions (Not All Inclusive):
- Inspecting and analyzing building envelope, HVAC systems, heating systems, electrical, plumbing and all other aspects of building characteristics that may be considered for home improvement, with an emphasis on energy conservation.
- Utilizing knowledge of International Mechanical and Building Codes, perform and write required on-site Department of Energy (DOE) energy audits.
- Performing a wide variety of testing and diagnostics for the purposes of identifying energy conservation potential and unsafe or hazardous conditions.
- Marketing and networking for agency energy services.
- Utilizing computerized National Energy Audit Tool (NEAT) and Mobile Home Energy Audit (MHEA) job book.
- Coordinating agency’s audit technology with the State Department of Commerce to ensure compliance and compatibility.
- Analyzing energy consumption of low-income participants.
- Providing education to participants about their energy usage to empower them to reduce their expenses and make choices that positively impact their energy bills.
- Learning State Weatherization Energy Manual rules and guidelines, and ensuring crews and sub-contractors abide by policies and procedures, funding source requirements, DOE and Energy Assistance protocol, and State of Minnesota contracts.
- Assisting with smooth and orderly administration of the program with timeliness of completing paperwork, maintaining client files, data entry, and phone calls.
- Perform both scheduled and on-site inspections with Energy Conservation Staff and subcontractors.
- Two years post-secondary education or training in construction-related field, including energy auditing and four years of work experience with residential construction, project coordination, building science, and energy auditing or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.
- Bachelor’s degree in construction or related field preferred.
- Current Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified as a Residential Energy Auditor Building Analyst and BPI certified as a Quality Control Inspector (QCI).
- Experience in residential energy, education, or construction highly desirable.
- Must be available for some client-required evening or weekend appointments.
- Must be able to relate to and communicate effectively with varied socio-economic multiethnic individuals and/or groups, as well as construction, HVAC, plumbing and heating, and other construction trade personnel.
- Knowledge of residential home construction, and how energy conservation principles apply.
- Computer proficiency, including familiarity with Microsoft Office products (Access, Word, Excel, Outlook) is required.
- Physical exertion required: climbing heights; must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
- Must be able to crawl, climb, and otherwise move about in confined spaces, often in dusty and dirty work sites.
- Ability to work in substandard housing conditions including temperature variations, strong odors, cockroaches, bedbugs, and other pests, and unsanitary housing conditions.
- A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation on a daily basis is required.
- Benefits: Community Action offers excellent benefits including generous paid time off (PTO), paid holidays, health, dental & life insurance, retirement, employee discount programs and more.
- Background Checks: Community Action conducts criminal background checks at the time of hire. Some positions require additional fingerprint and photo verification. Not all backgrounds are a barrier to employment.
- Community Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against or harass any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, familial status, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, or status with regard to public assistance.