Sustainability Associate

Olympia, WA, USA
about 2 months ago
Paid fellowship


SEI is an environmental nonprofit that builds leaders to drive sustainability solutions. For over 20 years, SEI has partnered with schools, communities, ...

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Job Description

Location: Olympia Schools District, Olympia, Washington

Pay: $2900/month

Additional Pay: $1000 bonus upon program completion

Benefits: Health care coverage, professional development, industry networking, end-of-program certificate of completion.



This Sustainability Associate position is supported through an innovative partnership between Puget Sound Energy and Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI). Aimed at addressing the myriad of energy and environmental sustainability initiatives, this Fellowship model presents a distinct opportunity to shape energy efficiencies and sustainability practices across sectors and institutional roles.

At the core of this program is developing the next generation of thinkers and doers to help address sustainability in education settings. Roles in educational sustainability require a distinct combination of aptitudes including project management, data analytics, and community development. In addition to the Climate Corps training and professional certificate, this position offers professional development opportunities designed to help provide the range of skills necessary to execute sustainable programs or practices.

The candidate will work on pressing climate and sustainability problems and be relied upon to work toward replicable solutions. A customized mix of on-the-job training, fieldwork, and class time will help the Fellow hone marketable skills and draw important professional connections while making a marked difference in the K-12 community.



Projects may include, but not be limited to:

Research and Data Analysis:

  • Utility rebate review and proposal development for system upgrades
  • Analyze utility data for building energy consumption
  • Analyze water usage data
  • Assist with reporting for PSE programs

Project Management:

  • Support with planned replacements and/or retrofits
  • Support energy team initiatives, including energy grants for solar or other sustainable energy procurement and support for EVs
  • Support the development of scope for low and no-cost measures
  • Support compliance with Clean Buildings Standard



Minimum Qualifications

  • Availability for the full-time, 10-month Fellowship program, beginning in September 2021
  • Climate Corps Fellows must have completed a 4-year degree by the time the program cycle starts in September 2021. 
  • A connection to the placement location. This is an equal-opportunity position and we prefer to place a candidate who already lives in the region being served.
  • Experience in and the drive to address racism and create race equity with the team members and programmatically.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred. Master’s level coursework in engineering, design or energy systems would be ideal.
  • Related experience in fields related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and data analysis.
  • Valid driver’s license with reliable transportation to be available on-site 5 days per week.
  • Ability to work independently and carry out assignments, make independent judgments and/or decisions, and discern when action at a higher level is required.
  • Must be able to effectively manage multiple projects and maintain an organized and well-communicated workflow.

Ideal Candidate

  • Has a deep passion for sustainability, especially climate resilience, with the practical skills and abilities to affect change in complex systems.



To become a Fellow, please submit an online application and resume here:  

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until placements are filled. We encourage submitting applications as soon as possible. Upon review, qualifying applicants will be contacted for an initial screening interview.


Climate Corps

Climate Corps, a program of  SEI, is an award-winning fellowship program that provides professional development opportunities for emerging leaders through implementation of sustainability and resiliency projects with local governments, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses. To see a full list of climate, energy, and sustainability positions posted by Climate Corps, please visit here: We are constantly adding positions, so make sure to frequently check this site to see if there are new opportunities available.

SEI is an environmental nonprofit that builds leaders to drive sustainability solutions. For over 20 years, SEI has partnered with schools, communities, ...

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