Home Energy Corps Members (2)

Organization
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Association
Organization Summary

Many Minnesotans do not have access to the resources they need to make their homes more energy efficient. Help us change this by offering your time and talent as a Home Energy Corps member. 

As a Home Energy Corps member, you’ll provide education and services to encourage energy efficiency and the use of solar energy. With great training and opportunities to shadow technicians, we’ll prepare you to connect with homeowners and renters to help them make decisions about energy assistance programs and energy saving materials. 

We are currently recruiting for the 2021-22 program year with opportunities beginning in September, November and January. Your commitment to the Home Energy Corps will be 40 hours per week.  

This is an AmeriCorps member position. You will join an amazing group of members, determined to help our communities.

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

Home Energy Corps Members receive a perks package that includes:

  • A stipend of $750 paid every 2 weeks
  • Up to $6,345 for tuition or student loans*
  • Federal student loan forbearance & interest repayment

*The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award can be used to pay tuition or repay qualified student loans. Individuals 55+ may gift their award to their child, grandchild, foster child or step-child.

Hours

40 hours per week

Primary Duties

Support Recruitment, Outreach and Education Activities:

  • Build community connections and relationships to foster a network of local champions and outreach partners.
  • Give group presentations in settings such as work places, congregations, and community organizations.
  • Assist in outreach activities including social media.
  • Table at public events.

Provide In-home Residential Energy Services:

  • Serve as a support point of contact for the homeowner.
  • Review bill history, noting trends and opportunities for savings.
  • Consult with homeowners/tenants about energy goals, questions, and concerns.
  • Establishing good rapport with households through active listening.
  • Teach homeowners about energy use and encouraging low-cost and no-cost energy-saving measures.
  • Conduct direct installation of energy saving equipment.

Conduct Solar Opportunity Assessment:

  • Conduct virtual solar site assessments as a pre-screening tool.
  • Conduct on-site solar site assessment.
  • Provide an estimate of solar potential.
  • Educate homeowners on how solar works, solar options (including both on-site solar and community solar gardens) and potential benefits.

Other Duties:

  • Follow all required safety procedures at service site
  • Maintain participant confidentiality at all times.
  • Participate in training sessions and meetings, as required.
  • Report data in online systems in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Assist with statewide preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters which includes supporting organizations and communities in disaster relief activities related to COVID-19 closures and social distancing procedures.
Experience

Great members come from all walks of life. No matter your experience and background, the most important qualification is a desire to serve your community. That said, you also need to meet the following minimum qualifications by the time you begin your service. 

  • 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or equivalent
  • A citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States*
  • Agree to and successfully complete a background check

*Applicants who have received deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are not eligible to serve as AmeriCorps members at this time.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be 18 years of age before your start date; a US citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien; and a high school graduate (or equivalent).
  • Must pass mandatory background checks conducted by the program.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and pass a driving record check.
  • Must not have served four or more prior terms of service with AmeriCorps State or National.
  • Willingness to commit to a full term of service.
  • Interest in residential energy efficiency and solar, and a willingness to expand your knowledge base on the subject.
  • Ability to build relationships and work with people of different cultures and backgrounds
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience with professional computer skills and confidence using computers. Comfort and experience using Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel), completing data entry, experience with using e-mail regularly, including sending attachments, comfort with database and software use, and experience using video conferencing software and attending training online
  • Access to regular, reliable transportation

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds as well as carry, push, pull, kneel and squat
  • Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Candidates proficient in speaking Hmong, Somali, and Spanish
  • Experience with energy efficiency practices and/or home construction
How to Apply
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