Weatherization Specialist - Limited Term

Organization
Dakota County Community Development Agency
Organization Summary

The Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA) is seeking a Weatherization Specialist to assist with carrying out the Weatherization Assistance Program in the counties of Carver, Dakota and Scott. The initial term for this position will be one-year and may be extended depending upon funding for the program. The weatherization program provides grant resources to help make homes more energy efficient for income qualified households.

 

The Dakota County CDA’s mission is to improve the lives of Dakota County residents and enhance the economic vitality of communities through housing and community development

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

Recruitment Type: This position is open until filled with the first round of applications to be screened Friday, July 16, 2021
Hiring Range: $21.44 - $25.96 per hour (DOQ)
Benefit Package: Medical, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement, paid holidays, and paid time off.

Primary Duties

This position is part of the Community and Economic Development team at the Dakota County CDA and will work closely with the weatherization team consisting of a Program Manager, Weatherization Coordinator, and two additional Weatherization Specialists. Job duties include: field energy audits and inspections, energy audit and inspection data entry and building modeling, work order and specification write-ups, client and contractor education, reporting, and related paperwork. On-site, off site and certification training provided. All equipment for the position is also provided.

 

Examples of Duties

 

Conduct on-site weatherization energy conservation audits and diagnostic analysis of single family and multifamily residences.

  •         Inspect, measure, photograph, test, document, and analyze the building envelope, structural, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems to diagnose and evaluate energy use characteristics of the structure and determine appropriate energy efficiency improvements and related repairs and health and safety improvements.
  •         Discuss program guidelines and improvements needed with resident and/or owner, and provide client energy conservation education.
  •         Prepare visual and written documentation of existing structural and mechanical conditions and problems following program energy audit policies and guidelines, including Department of Energy (DOE) Standard Work Specifications and the Minnesota Department of Commerce Weatherization Policy Manual and guidance documents.
 
Analyze the results of initial weatherization energy audit and prepare reports and work orders. 

  •         Complete all required paperwork for each house including job book, client agreement, mechanical audit report, and all other required forms.
  •         Using commonly accepted, emerging, and state-of-the-art techniques and procedures, including use of Weatherization Assistant building modeling software, estimate costs and determine cost-effectiveness and priority of proposed energy improvements. 
  •        Compare estimated costs to existing budgetary resources and constraints.
  •        Prepare specifications and/or work order for needed energy efficiency improvements, repairs, and health and safety measures.
  •        Ensure that all contract documents are executed by the appropriate parties and present in the file prior to authorizing the work to proceed.
 
Perform energy-efficiency-related home visits prior to performing full weatherization program energy audits.

  •         Provide direct client energy education.
  •         Install low-cost energy-saving materials (such as LED light bulbs).
  •         Identify appliances to be replaced as appropriate with electric utility energy efficiency funds.
  •         Identify households that meet weatherization program high priority criteria for referral for full weatherization.

 

Conduct on-site Quality Control Inspections (QCI) of audit directed work orders.

  •         Ensure improvements are made in accordance with work order, invoice, terms of the contract, and program regulations; document any changes from original plans.
  •         Discuss contractor workmanship with resident and reconcile any problems.
  •        Enter collected data and QCI Report in approved funder sequence.

 Act as a positive representative of the CDA

  • Promote a positive image of the CDA to clients.
  • Develop and maintain a good working relationship with CDA employees, vendors and contractors working with the CDA.
  • Answer calls and emails within 24 business hours.
  • Handle calls or meetings with irate parties in a professional manner to diffuse the issue/conflict.
  • Abide by all CDA Board approved policies, policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment, executive communications, administrative procedures, and safety procedures established by the CDA.
Other duties as assigned.

  •        Provide consultation and technical expertise to other agency departments or outside entities when authorized by the Community and Economic Development Director
Experience
Typical Qualifications

Minimum qualifications:  

  • At least four years of related education and/or work experience.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to obtain BPI (Building Performance Institute) Building Analyst certification within 3 months of hire.
  • Ability to obtain DOE Quality Control Inspector certification within 12 months of hire.

 
Preferred qualifications: 
Bachelor’s degree in Building Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Economics or similar degree.
 
Knowledge of: 

  • State and federal weatherization program regulations.
  • Residential (including manufactured housing) and multifamily building materials and construction and the application of energy conservation principles to construction.
  • Residential specification writing, cost estimating, and contract management.
  • Residential building terminology.
  • Local, state, and federal building codes, especially as they apply to energy conservation standards and heating and ventilation systems.
  • State & federal laws and regulations concerned with contracting and procurement.
  • Potential environmental risks and procedures for protecting against such risks.

 
Ability to: 

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  
  • Effectively relate to persons of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds; ability to effectively advise such persons on needed repairs.
  • Analyze utility bills, conduct energy audits, and analyze energy needs and usage; ability to conduct heating system efficiency and safety tests using appropriate equipment; ability to analyze and determine deficiencies or problems with gas fired appliances; ability to use an infrared camera and conduct blower door tests to identify points of infiltration and determine overall building air leakage rate.
  • Establish and maintain control systems.  Ability to perform mathematical functions with accuracy.   Ability to analyze and evaluate bids.
  • Lift and transport weights of up to 50 pounds; ability and dexterity to enter and move about in constrained spaces such as attics, basements, crawl spaces, and under mobile homes. 
  • Utilize a personal computer for many tasks, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Work independently while handling multiple tasks according to established priorities; ability to establish and meet deadlines.
How to Apply

To apply, please visit www.dakotacda.org and visit our career pages.

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