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 400 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.
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.
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
Requirements and Qualifications:
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
Compensation and Benefits:
A living stipend of $26,860 for 11 months (November 2019 - September 2020)
Health, dental, and vision insurance
Professional development opportunities
Segal AmeriCorps Education award of $5,920 upon successful completion of fellowship
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.
GRID Alternatives Central Valley, Fresno, CA.
Mandatory Program Training:
Mid-year SolarCorps Fellowship Training Retreat
Monthly SolarCorps training calls/online collaboration
Submit both a resume and cover letter online at https://gridalternatives.org/get-involved/careers/open-positions. Mailed and emailed applications are not accepted. Due to the high number of applications- please do not call or email additional inquiries.
Please mention how you learned of this opening.
Application Timeline and Deadline
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Partnership with AmeriCorps
The SolarCorps Fellowship Program is part of the AmeriCorps network of programs. SolarCorps is made possible with funding support from AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Bank of America. AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. CNCS engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation’s volunteer and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.