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Resources for Job Seekers in the Renewable Energy Sector
 
 
 
 
Careers in Renewable Energy
 

 

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Careers in the Renewable Energy Sector

Renewable Northwest is often approached by people seeking to make their career in the renewable energy sector. While we are not able to connect personally with the large number of people seeking individual interviews on this subject, this website provides resources to assist people in their search.
 
Below are some resources for understanding the growth in the renewable energy sector, the types of jobs being created, and where to find job postings.
 
 
 

Job Growth in the Region


According to a 2008 report, strong regional growth in five clean energy job sectors is projected for Oregon and Washington by 2025. The demand for these jobs are in:

  • Solar PV Manufacturing, which is projected to provide up to 22,560 new jobs;
  • Wind Power Development, expected to reach up to 6,000 new jobs;
  • Green Building Design Services, creator of up to 16,834 new jobs;
  • Sustainable Bioenergy, which could account for 10,419 new jobs; and
  • Smart-Grid Technologies, an industry that could create up to 7,000 new jobs.

The report, entitled Carbon-Free Prosperity 2025 was produced by two leading clean-tech organizations — research and publishing firm Clean Edge and research and advocacy organization Climate Solutions. It provides a comprehensive look at emerging green industries that are projected to provide high-paying jobs and a vital new economic base for Oregon and Washington. It provides a grounded and realistic view of the region’s potential role in an increasingly competitive global clean-tech industry.

Research by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), the renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) industries created a total of 8.5 million jobs (direct and indirect) in 2006; 450,000 jobs in RE and 8 million jobs in EE throughout the United States.

ASES predicts as many as 1 out of 4 workers in the United States will be working in RE or EE industries by 2030. The 40 million jobs are not just technical, as they include millions of new jobs in manufacturing, construction, accounting, and management.

RNP has prepared a presentation about the types of jobs in the wind industry for students and job seekers to review. It reviews the types of jobs in all stages of a wind project and offers some pictorial examples of the work that is done to prepare, construct and operate a wind turbine and farm. 
Download our Workforce Initiative presentation for Job Seekers  
(Large file! 5.9 MB PDF file)

Below are some resources to identifying the types of job openings in the renewable energy sector, as well as where to find job postings.

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Career Job Titles

The following partial list of job titles can assist you in understand what types of positions exist in the region and which part of the renewable sector hires for those positions.

Solar PV Manufacturing Job Titles
  • Crop & Slab Engineer
  • Crystal Growing Engineer
  • Laser Operations Technician
  • Logistics Manager
  • Module Manufacturing Engineer
  • Production Planner/Scheduler
  • Quality Insurance Manager
  • Silicon Crystal Growers
  • Wire Technology Engineer


 

Wind Power Development Job Titles

 

  • Senior Buyer
  • Senior Property Agent
  • Senior Risk Management Analyst
  • Site Prospector
  • Site Supervisor
  • Wind Data Analyst
  • Wind Energy Forecasting and Resource Assessment
  • Wind Field Technician
  • Wind Plant Administrator
  • Wind Plant Monitoring Technician


Smart Grid Technologies Job Titles 
  • AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructures) Hardware P
  • Electronic Test Technician
  • Energy Systems Controls Engineer
  • Field Service Engineering Technician
  • Manufacturing Supervisor
  • Power Electronics Engineer
  • Program Manager
  • Senior Software Engineer
  • Test Automation Engineer
  • Utility Program Manager

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Websites with Job Postings

The following websites provide job postings in the renewbale energy sector.

General Renewable Energy Job Posting Sites
American Solar Energy
     www.ases.org

AWEA Careers in Wind
     www.careersinwind.com/

Energy Jobs Network
     www.energyjobsnetwork.com

Energy Jobs Portal
     www.energyjobsportal.com/

Environmental Career Opportunities
     www.ecojobs.com/

Geothermal Resources Council
     www.geothermal.org/employment.html

Green Jobs
     www.greenjobs.com

Greenbiz.com
     jobs.greenbiz.com/

GreenStart Job Board
     www.ases.org/green-jobs/

Grist
     grist.org/jobs/

Indeed.com
     www.indeed.com

National Renewable Energy Lab
     www.nrel.gov/employment/

Pacific NW Natl Lab
     jobs.pnl.gov/

Power Plant Pro
     www.powerplantpro.com/cm/candidate/search-jobs

Renewable Energy Jobs
     www.energyplacement.com/jobs/renewable-energy-jobs-alternative

Renewable Energy World
     www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/careers/jobseekers

Sustainablebusiness.com
     www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/greendreamjobs.main

Tree Hugger
     jobs.treehugger.com/
 


Renewable Northwesrt Member Web Sites with Job Postings
Bonneville Environmental Foundation
     www.b-e-f.org/why-bef/careers/

BP Alternative Energy
     www.bp.com/careers.do?categoryId=122&contentId=7047930

Environment Oregon
     www.environmentoregon.org/page/nje/work-cleaner-greener-healthier-future

Environment Washington
     www.environmentwashington.org/page/nje/work-cleaner-greener-healthier-future

GE Energy
     www.ge.com/careers/

Green Mtn Energy
     www.greenmountain.com/about-us/careers

Iberdrola
     iberdrolarenewables.us/careers.html

Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIR
     ospirg.org/page/jobs

Portland Energy Conservation Inc.
     www.peci.org/careers

REC Silicon
     www.recgroup.com/en/career/

RES America Inc.
     www.res-group.com/careers/careers-at-res.aspx

Tonkon Torp, LLP
     www.tonkon.com/careers/

Vestas
     www.vestas.com/en/career

Warm Springs Power & Water Enterprises
     www.warmsprings.com/warmsprings/Job_Opportunities/

Washington Environmental Council
     www.wecprotects.org/make-a-difference/join-our-team

Western Resource Advocates
     www.westernresourceadvocates.org/about/jobs.php
 

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