General Position Description: The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council seeks a motivated and passionate individual to work on rural energy issues. The Energy Coordinator position is responsible for assisting rural Southeast communities in identifying ways to alleviate high energy costs and reduce their dependency on fossil fuels. The position involves working very closely with local, regional and state partners in developing effective strategies to increase local engagement, provide energy educational opportunities and explore efficiency measures and renewable energy alternatives for heating, electricity and transportation. Our preference is that the position is based out of Juneau but we will consider other locations including Wrangell, Kake and Hoonah.
- Work within the People, Place and Fish Campaign’s framework on efforts and demonstration projects that integrate multiple components of community sustainability including; affordable energy, economic development, the environment, social well-being and cultural values.
- Travel extensively to communities to maintain current relationships and build new relationships with tribal partners, schools, utilities, municipalities and boroughs, conservation organizations and other non-governmental organizations. Coordinate with all partners to keep them informed of efforts, programs and opportunities for energy related involvement
- Research and help prioritize individual community energy options, work closely with partners and local leaders to offer recommendations on near and long term efforts
- Engage multiple stakeholders in community energy planning and visioning
- Facilitate community energy meetings and help develop local energy committees
- Facilitate, partner on and provide technical support for energy demonstration projects
- Work with local campaign staff in compiling updated energy baseline information for community buildings in order to accurately measure the impact of efficiency and renewable energy efforts
- Track performance of demonstration projects through on-line and site monitoring, develop reports on performance and lessons learned in order to strengthen future efforts and help guide policy
- Work with community and regional partners on developing resource assessments and feasibility studies to prepare for future project level funding
- Provide direct support, guidance and training opportunities for community-based program staff in Kake, Hoonah and Wrangell
- Conduct outreach to SEACC members and the public through workshops, publications, alerts, blogs, reports and media
- Work with SEACC staff and campaign on program development which will include actively reevaluating goals, objectives and strategies based on organizational reflection and community and partner feedback
- Assist community partners with the preparation of grant proposals and program budgeting
- Participate in local, regional and statewide energy planning meetings and events
- Research and offer energy related policy recommendations to SEACC board of directors
- Attend bi-yearly peer learning events with PPF campaign partners
- Carry out personnel administrative tasks such as communications, reporting and maintain records for convenience of successive members and staff
Desired Qualifications: We are seeking a person who is highly motivated, a quick learner and able to work independently with excellent time management and communication skills. Experience working in rural Alaska communities is preferred. Familiarity with the regional energy framework of Southeast Alaska, as well as knowledge about energy efficiency and/or small scale renewable energy applications is highly desired.
Other Information: The position will work under the People, Place and Fish (PPF) Campaign whose mission is to empower Southeast communities to develop cultural, environmental and economic sustainability. The program staff includes “community catalysts” and “technical team members” at a variety of organizations and institutions throughout Southeast Alaska. The Energy Coordinator position will serve as a “technical team” member providing guidance and support to staff living in rural communities, and helping to coordinate efforts and share information among communities.
Compensation: Annual salary DOE; full health benefits
To apply: Email cover letter, resume, a writing sample(s), and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Energy Coordinator” in the subject line.
Community Organizer in Ketchikan (Mining/Clean Water)
The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) is looking for a part-time (25 hours/week) community organizer in Ketchikan. This person will be responsible for education and organizing around cross-boundary mining issues in British Columbia within the Unuk and Stikine River watersheds that may impact the community of Ketchikan and surrounding areas. This position requires knowledge of area communities, fishing groups and Native organizations. Please send a resume and cover letter to: email@example.com or call (907) 586-6942.
The Ketchikan Organizer will work in collaboration with the SEACC office in Juneau and be responsible for:
- Organizing a diverse group of stakeholders including fishing groups, communities, Native organizations and individuals interested in protecting SE Alaska’s clean water resources and maintaining long-term sustainable economies.
- Producing and distributing fact sheets
- Outreach to Legislative and community leaders
- Organizing and speaking at public meetings.
- Creating clear and concise messaging
- Writing press releases, op-eds and comment letters.
- Maintain organized records
- Strong organizational skills
- Strong writing and public speaking skills
- Ability to communicate complicated material in a concise manner.
- Knowledge and respect for natural systems including health salmon habitats
- Knowledge of social and economical dynamics in small communities.
- Ability to work with a diverse group and build consensus.