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Solar Installation Supervisor

Atascadero or Salinas CA

GRID Alternatives is the country’s largest nonprofit solar installer. GRID is an entrepreneurial, high-growth non-profit organization that provides renewable energy and energy efficiency services to low-income families. Through its flagship Solar Affordable Housing Program, GRID trains and leads teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar electric systems for low-income families and affordable housing providers, providing long-term savings for the people who need them the most. In turn, low-income families are able to use their long-term savings to pay for basic expenses, and expand their economic opportunity by employing the skills and training they gained through GRID’s workforce development programs, in the growing field of solar installation. GRID’s vision is a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone.

Based in Oakland, California, GRID has nine regional offices and affiliates serving all of California, Colorado, Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware; GRID also has staff on the ground in Nicaragua, Mexico and Nepal GRID has a dedicated staff of 330 and growing!

We are looking for a full-time, experienced Solar Installation Supervisor to oversee all on-site aspects of PV installations on the homes of low-income families.



We are looking for a full-time, experienced Solar Installation Supervisor to oversee all on-site aspects of PV installations on the homes of low-income families.


Job Duties

Lead installations of solar electric systems with crews of volunteers and/or job trainees

Responsible for all technical and safety aspects of PV installations

Review designs for compliance with GRID Alternatives design standards and local and national code compliance

Train volunteers and job-trainees in solar electric installation

Ensure that all solar installations are installed according to GRID Alternatives safety and quality standards

Assist in warehouse organization, organization of tools and other construction resources, etc…

Work with and report to Construction Manager on meeting production goals

Conduct site visits and permitting

Schedule inspections and meet inspectors on-site at scheduled times

Trouble-shoot installed solar electric systems

Provide training, guidance and mentorship to SolarCorps Members, Interns and other persons interested in learning about PV installation


Other duties as assigned. Other duties may include but are not limited to: designing, equipment purchasing, hardware store runs, equipment unloading and loading, answering homeowner and volunteer questions, talking to media and generally participating in activities necessary to make solar happen for low-income families.

Every member of GRID Alternatives must participate in the organization's equity, inclusion, and diversity work.


Position Requirements:

At least 2 year experience in PV system installation and troubleshooting

Experience leading a crew in PV installation

Excellent technical, computer skills, aptitude in math

Comfortable working as part of a team and willing to pitch in as needed, especially with training AmeriCorps members, other staff and volunteers

Flexibility and willingness to embrace change, go the extra mile, and bring ideas and energy to rapidly growing organization

Willingness to work on evenings and weekends

Excellent interpersonal, leadership and communication skills (verbal/written, ability to work with volunteers and clients, ability to represent GRID Alternatives positively)

Flexibility and Willingness to embrace change, go the extra mile, and bring ideas and energy to a rapidly growing organization

Valid Driver’s license and clean driving record


Extensive travel throughout the Central Coast region

Some overnight travel


Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in design of PV systems

Electrical License is a plus

Experience in training and/or working with volunteers

Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Sketchup or AutoCAD

NABCEP certified

Bilingual English/Spanish a plus

Passion for sustainability, affordable housing, the environment, or environmental justice, or just generally grounded in making the world a better place



This is an exempt full time position, salary commensurate with experience


Office Location/travel:

This position requires some travel to sites throughout the office territory and occasional out-of-town travel such as organization wide yearly staff summit regularly held in California. Availability to work nights and weekends maybe required. GRID Alternatives may provide vehicles for work travel and/or travel reimbursement for personal vehicle use, but applicant must hold a valid driver’s license and good driving record.



Medical, Dental, Vision/Eye care insurance, generous 5 weeks paid time off, up to 10 paid holidays (2017), Commuter Checks, 403B retirement plan, Employee Assistance program, Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), STD<D, Employee Assistance Program, and yearly Professional Development funds to further education up to $600 and a healthy work life balance.



To Apply:

Submit both a resume and a one to two paragraph cover letter describing your interest online at online at, Due to the high volume of inquiries, please do not call or email the local office.

Posted January 30, 2018

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