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SolarCorps Program Fellow

Atascadero CA

GRID Alternatives has a mission to make renewable energy technology and job training available to underserved communities.


About GRID Alternatives:

GRID Alternatives is a national leader in making clean, affordable solar power and solar jobs accessible to low-income communities and communities of color. GRID is an entrepreneurial, high-growth non-profit organization that provides direct solar installation and project development; workforce training and service learning opportunities; and low-income solar policy advocacy. Our vision: a transition to clean, renewable energy that includes and benefits everyone.

At GRID, we care about each other and know that each employee has a whole self that includes life outside of GRID. Our culture supports learning, growth and well-being of all of our team members.

Based in Oakland, California, GRID has ten 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!


About the SolarCorps Fellowship Program:

GRID Alternatives’ SolarCorps Fellowship Program is an opportunity for highly motivated and enthusiastic people to join GRID Alternatives for a 13-month term. In this position you will gain valuable experience in the solar and non-profit industry to help launch your career while making significant contributions to GRID Alternatives and the broader community. More than 250 people have completed the program.


Position Description:

We are seeking a full-time SolarCorps Outreach Fellow to engage with the outreach team and help implement outreach strategy to increase number of low-income clients served in regional counties. Fellows will get training and supervision from GRID Alternatives' regional staff. Fellows will gain a broad range of skills and experience to qualify for a range of different renewable energy and nonprofit careers, while helping under-resourced families receive solar services from GRID Alternatives.


Compensation and Benefits:

A living stipend of $25,060 for the first 10.5 months (August 2018 - July 2019)

Health, dental, and vision insurance.

Professional development opportunities.

Segal AmeriCorps Education award of $5,775 upon successful completion of fellowship.

Hourly wage of $15 per hour for 2.5 months (July 2019 - September 2019)



Fellows average 40-43 hours per week (AmeriCorps has a service requirement of 1700 hours in 10.5 months).

Some positions require weekend, early morning, and evening schedules.


Office Location:

Atascadero, CA with some travel in the Central Coast.


Job Duties:

Canvass low-income communities to spread information about our solar program.

Help promote community awareness of GRID Alternatives’ services and mission by researching, attending and potentially speaking at community meetings and other events.

Assist and shadow Outreach Coordinators in client application process and eventually be able to in-take multiple applications per month.

Assist and shadow Outreach Coordinators in homeowner trainings and eventually be able to conduct training for homeowners once their systems are installed.

Help create easy-to-read materials that educate homeowners on energy efficiency. Materials should be creative and attractive for homeowners.

Help research potential partnerships with affordable housing developers, local government agencies, and community-based organizations in order to more effectively identify, encourage, and serve low-income clients.

Participate in activities associated with National Days of Service.

Other duties as assigned


Requirements and Qualifications:

13-month commitment.

Excellent communication skills and ability to represent GRID Alternatives positively.

Comfortable being part of a team.

Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and decision-making skills.

Strong computer skills.

After starting with GRID, must successfully register and maintain a Home Improvement Salesperson registration with the Contractors State License Board.

Clean, valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

To be eligible for AmeriCorps, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States.

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

Interest and enthusiasm for renewable energy, community development, green jobs and/or helping families and communities in need.


Every SolarCorps Fellow must participate in the organization’s equity, inclusion, and diversity initiatives.


Mandatory Program Training:

Weeklong Orientation in Oakland, CA.

Mid-year SolarCorps Fellowship Training Retreat.

Quarterly check-ins.

Monthly SolarCorps training calls/online collaboration.


To Apply:

Submit both a resume and cover letter online at Mailed and emailed applications are not accepted. Due to the high number of applications- please do not call or email additional inquiries.


Application Timeline and Deadline:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All positions start on August 27th, 2018.

Posted August 3, 2018

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