Energy Planner/Auditor

Organization
Winneshiek Energy District
Organization Summary

Winneshiek Energy District (WED) is a not-for-profit corporation located in Decorah, far northeast Iowa. Decorah is located in the heart of Iowa’s Driftless region, and is a thriving hub for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, progressive rural music/arts/culture, and community.

We lead, implement, and accelerate the locally-owned clean energy transition, through strategies including technical energy planning, market transformation, community engagement, and policy advocacy. We work where Green meets Green: universal clean energy prosperity + climate stewardship. We have a small staff that includes a Director and a Communications Specialist, in addition to this listed lead technical position, and we host a team of 4-5 Green Iowa AmeriCorps members. As founder of the Energy District movement, we have led the development of the Clean Energy Districts of Iowa organization, which currently includes 10 member Energy Districts. We partner closely with our clean energy colleagues throughout Iowa and beyond on growing the Energy District movement, and clean energy policy advocacy. (See Leading the Energy District Movement – Winneshiek Energy District)

Posting Date
Closing Date
Location in MN
Southeast
Job type
full-time
Salary

$35 - $65K, commensurate with experience

Hours

Three-quarter time to full time

Primary Duties


1.     

Collaborate with ED on strategy and program development for expansion of energy technical assistance mid to long term, including revenue streams from market services, grants, and more.


2.     

Provide energy technical assistance, energy auditing, and energy planning services (see A-Geography-of-Change-full.pdf (energydistrict.org) for more on the concept of energy planning)


a.     

Provide in-depth EV charging analysis and recommendations for major employers in NE Iowa, and outreach to their employees, as part of an ongoing grant-funded project


b.     

Provide energy auditing and planning to home, business, and farm customers, including efficiency, electrification, and solar site assessments, on a fee-for-service basis as well as through programs supported by grants and partnerships


c.     

Provide technical assistance and planning to partners such as local governments, rural electric cooperatives, institutions and nonprofits


3.     

Provide technical oversight to and leadership with the Energy District’s Green Iowa AmeriCorps team and functions


4.     

Serve as resource and technical perspective on other Energy District work, including


a.     

communications and community engagement activities


b.     

policy and advocacy on clean energy issues, especially at local and state levels

the ongoing development of a network of energy districts in Northeast Iowa and beyond

Experience
  • At least five years of experience in providing energy technical assistance to end users is preferred, including a combination of

    • Energy auditing for home, farm, and business owners
    • Renewable energy systems such as solar site assessments, battery integration
    • Heat pumps, electric vehicles, and other aspect of electrification 
    • Carbon footprint accounting for customers
  • A bachelor’s degree, and/or professional certifications such as HERS, BPI, CEM, NRCS-TSP
  • Understanding of and engagement with community development, change-making local institutions, and the broader technological, economic, social and political spheres of the clean energy transition underway today.
How to Apply

Please send a cover letter addressed to Andy Johnson, a resume or CV, two examples of energy audit/plan reports (home, and farm or business, if possible, with personal information redacted), and a general writing sample (article, blog post, grant proposal) to [email protected]. Please submit these materials as a single PDF. The subject line of the email should say “Application for WED Energy Planner”. Applications will be reviewed as received.

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