GREET Program Specialist

Great Plains Institute
Organization Summary


A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, the Great Plains Institute (GPI) is transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. Increased demand for GPI’s unique blend of energy expertise and consensus-derived solutions has driven organizational and programmatic growth. With headquarters in Minnesota, GPI’s operations are national in scope while retaining a core competency in the Midcontinent region. GPI is powered by more than 50 professionals and is supported by some of the nation’s most respected philanthropies.

The following values inform the way we work both inside and outside of GPI. It is important to us to be trusted, inclusive, equitable, and transformative: 

Trusted. We base our approach and actions on trust, mutual respect, and accountability.

Inclusive. We achieve impact through inclusive and deliberate collaboration with a diversity of interests. 

Pragmatic. We take a clear-eyed view of the world as it is, even as we seek to improve it. 

Equitable. We strive for equity in our approach and outcomes. 

Transformative. We are a bold and passionate catalyst for change. 

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Salary range: $55K-$74K, commensurate with experience. Benefits include a health plan, 401(k) retirement plan, LTD, STD, life, vision, dental, FSA/HSA, paid time off, professional development allowance, and a communication stipend. 

Primary Duties


GPI seeks a bright and highly motivated individual to lead the Transportation & Fuel program’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) analysis efforts. Working closely with program staff and Argonne National Laboratory GREET researchers, the Specialist will stay apprised of GREET model updates, develop training materials, and co-develop a train-the-trainer program to train additional analysts on the model. They will serve as GPI’s go-to resource on the GREET model and advise on analysis projects using the model.  

Our work is fast-paced, and our hardworking staff is passionate about GPI’s mission and the environment in general. The Transportation & Fuels team is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply.  



(50%) GREET Expertise: Working closely with Argonne National Laboratory GREET researchers, the specialist will be responsible for understanding and staying up to date on the next generation of the GREET model and modules. They will understand the key functionalities, model structure, simulation steps and workflows, data management and processes, and unique modeling features for specific technology areas, including hydrogen, electricity, and sustainable aviation fuel.  

(30%) GREET Program Development & Instruction: Working closely with Argonne National Laboratory GREET researchers, consultants, and GPI staff, the specialist will develop a GREET train-the-trainer program. Specific activities will include: 

  1. Assist with identifying organizations interested in hosting GREET trainers 
  2. Assist with recruiting prospective trainers, screening them, and selecting a cohort of 20 initial trainers 
  3. Develop training materials, including frequently asked questions and tutorial videos 
  4. Conduct hands-on training to a cohort of 20 trainers and provide on-demand technical assistance 
  5. Support regional training sessions led by the cohort of 20 trainers 

(15%) GREET Research and Analysis: Using knowledge of the GREET model, the specialist will advise on research and analysis projects across GPI with particular attention to projects housed within the Transportation & Fuels program. They will also work with consultants on additional lifecycle assessment analyses. 

(5%) Fundraising: The specialist will support fundraising activities led by the Transportation & Fuels program, including narrative contributions for grants, contracts, and reports.  

Other programmatic assistance: As requested by their supervisor or Senior Program Manager.  



  • Ability to analyze data, identify trends, and communicate them to various audiences 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering, physics, or related field or relevant proven skills and experience 
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the Great Plains Institute 
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills, as well as ability to prepare and convey technical material in concise, plain language 
  • Excellent time, deadline, and project management skills with ability to multi-task 
  • Experience with specific applications in carbon and emissions accounting like GREET Experience working on a diverse team?and with different communication styles 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint) 
  • Self-motivated 
  • Skilled at math, data management, spreadsheet analysis, graphical data interpretation 
  • Technical problem-solving skills: ability to identify solutions to challenges that arise  


  • Experience in environmental science areas such as lifecycle assessment, soil carbon, land use, or forestry 
  • Experience with analytical and/or computer programming software packages such as JavaScript, Python, R, and GIS 
  • Experience developing and conducting training programs on technical applications 


This position involves use of a desktop computer and/or laptop, copier, fax machine, calculator, printer, and telephone. 


This position requires working at a desk (either sitting or standing) for extended periods and extensive use of devices (e.g., keyboard, mouse), as well as usage of telephone/headset. 

How to Apply


Required application materials include a resume and one-page cover letter. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until filled.  



GPI has a fast-paced entrepreneurial culture in which people enjoy both great freedom and great responsibility. People who thrive in this culture take personal responsibility for seeing what needs doing and getting it done. They are initiative-takers, problem-solvers, and quick to help others. They work hard because they believe in the mission and get to spend most of their time at the intersection of what they love to do and are good at. It’s a working environment in which performance is judged more on results than on time spent in a chair. We aspire to make this the best job anyone has ever had. 


The Great Plains Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes a wide diversity of applicants. 

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