Archive for green job

Green Job Roundup 6/11 – 6/14

Green Jobs (image from

Green Jobs (image from

See below for a selection of green jobs posted in the last week for Saint Paul and Minneapolis. I went a little farther afield this week, pulling in greater Metro area and telecommuting jobs too.


Community Action
– Energy Conservation Associate ($13.58/hr, St. Paul) (posting)

Compatible Technology International
– Development and Administrative Associate (paid full time, hourly, St. Paul) (posting)
They are also posting this position as two part-time positions:
– Administrative Associate (paid part-time, hourly, St. Paul) (posting)
– Development Associate (paid part-time, hourly, St. Paul) (posting)

Green Home Huddle*
– Green Community Manager (paid part-time with incentives, telecommute) (posting)

– Senior Editor Internship (unpaid, telecommute) (posting)

* Call me a traditionalist, but I’m always a bit wary of telecommuting jobs. Check these guys out thoroughly before putting in hours of work or offering a social security number!

Barefoot Student
– Summer Street Team for Electronics Recycling($135/wk part time, Eagan) (posting)

Great River Energy
– Senior Financial Analyst (paid, Maple Grove) (posting)

Pace Analytical
– Haz Comm – Regulatory Data Specialist (paid, Oakdale) (posting)

Scott County Community Development and Public Works
– Program Specialist ($41,498-$56,144DOQ, Shakopee) (posting)

– Technical Aide – Fuel Cell Technology (temporary job for current college undergrads) (posting

– Field Waste Characterization Specialist (paid full time, Minneapolis) (posting)

– Utilities Engineer (paid full time, Northfield) (posting)

Looking for more jobs? Search last week’s post.


Leave a Comment

Green Job Roundup, 6/1 to 6/5

Green Jobs (image from

Green Jobs (image from

See below for a selection of green jobs posted in the last week for Saint Paul and Minneapolis.


Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
– Communications Assistant ($26-30k/yr, Minneapolis) (posting)

Fresh Energy
– Administrative Assistant (paid part time, Minneapolis) (posting)

Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL)
– Solar Technology Research and Development – Americorps*VISTA (Americorps, Pine River) (posting)
OK, so not metro area, but I can vouch for the complete awesomeness of this group.

City of Minneapolis
– Energy Manager ($64-88k/yr, Minneapolis) (posting)

Metro Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)
– Community Organizer (paid, Minneapolis) (posting)

And a very special stimulus job posting…
Minnesota Office of Energy Security/Department of Commerce
– Weatherization Monitor ($ 19.33-$ 28.35 hourly, $ 40,361-$ 59,195 annually, Minneapolis) (posting)
(up to 10 positions available)

Looking for more jobs? Search last week’s post.

Leave a Comment

Green Job Roundup, 5/26 – 5/31

Green Jobs (image from

Green Jobs (image from

See below for a selection of green jobs posted in the last week for Saint Paul and Minneapolis.


Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
– Director, International Program (paid, Minneapolis) (posting)
– Rural Communities: Midwest Rural Assembly Intern (unpaid, Minneapolis) (posting)

McKnight Foundation
– Program Assistant – Environment Team ($19.50-21.70/hr, Minneapolis) (posting)

Neighborhood Energy Connection
– Finance and Human Resources Manager ($22-26/hr, St. Paul) (posting)

Silverwood Park
– Seasonal Arts Educator ($9.81-17.07/hr, St. Anthony) (posting)

Dero Bike Rack Co.
– Inside Sales Representative ($30k/yr, Minneapolis) (posting)

Looking for more jobs? Search last week’s post.

Leave a Comment

Green Job Roundup, 3/16 to 3/21

Green Jobs (image from

Green Jobs (image from

Looking for a green career? Here is a selection of green jobs posted in the last week for Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

* Don’t miss Mother Nature Network’s Green Jobs Primer.
* TIME thinks these opportunities are tough to find, but I’ll keep ’em coming as long as I find them.


Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
– Rural Communities Senior Associate (paid, Minneapolis) (posting)

Project for Pride in Living
– Community Garden Coordinator – Summer Intern (unpaid, Minneapolis) (posting)

Alliance Pipeline Ltd.
– Environmental Compliance Specialist (paid, Eden Prairie) (posting)

River Bend Nature Center
– Executive Director (paid, Faribault) (posting)

Great River Greening
– Seasonal Restoration Technician ($10-12/hr, St. Paul) (posting)

Minnesota Conservation Corps
– Field Assistant ($1975/month April – September, NE Minnesota Trails) (posting)

Looking for more jobs? Search last week’s post.

Leave a Comment

Go Green, Make Green – The World Sees (again) That Environmentalism is Good for Business

We’re all familiar with the idea that resource efficiency is good for business.  A little over a week ago, Business Week published “10 Ways to Cut Business Costs” (with a nod to Jennifer Kaplan). My little miserly heart beats quickly seeing that #1 is “Reduce energy use” and pay less for utilities. Corollary to that, check your energy bill to be sure they added the right number of zeros.

Green jobs are good for the economy. Green jobs maven Van Jones  joined the Obama Administration Council on Environmental Quality this last week, no doubt to ensure that good, green collar jobs are a priority for the next few years.

Moreover, green companies survive better. Last month, management consulting firm A. T. Kearney found that green companies outperformed others by 15% (with a nod to Olga Orda’s post).

Not only are green companies more resilient, they’re more profitable. With the fading economy, Paul Smith (and others) sees the opportunity for ecopreneurs to make money by chasing consumer demand for green products and services.

Leave a Comment

Energy Audit Tips

I want to share some tips for energy auditing after a week of training at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. This particular collection of tips is mine, but gleaned from expert presentations by great auditors who have done many more audits than I have.

Energy Auditor (from

Energy Auditor (from

Top Ten Tips for Energy Auditing

1. Come in to the energy audit saying, “I am here to make you more comfortable.” You will meet with resistance. Reassure your client. Discomfort is expensive, and it means that facilities managers get yelled at. Our predecessors in the energy efficiency field did a crappy job and proposed energy conservation measures that saved energy by making things dim and cold. Economically, it’s not worth utility bill savings if you make an employee less productive. 

2. Listen. Ask your client what problems they want you to look at. Ask them about their challenges and their ideas for improvements. Get information from any source you can. Don’t be hostile towards your client/facilities manager, but do report any lighting burnouts or maintenance problems like dirt or dust in your report. Never underestimate the role that human operators play in setting or re-setting equipment. Understand first, then make recommendations. (i.e. Make sure it makes sense to recommend a variable frequency drive before recommending it.)

3. Don’t promise anything unrealistic. Take the conservative estimate for any cost savings. Don’t bend numbers to convince a decision-maker to take action. Think about how much money your client has for upgrades (thousands? none?) and how many years of payback they are required to achieve (3 year payback or less? 5 year? 15 year?). You can use the line, “I want your savings to be more than this, but…” Think about making recommendations that simplify maintenance – there is no reason a building should have 15 different kinds of light bulbs.

4. Think about interactions. A lighting upgrade will impact the heat a little bit. Buildings operate and interact in sometimes mysterious ways. Keep in mind what the building was originally designed for. There may be weird holdovers from your building’s days as a 1970s hotel (i.e. “So that explains the package terminal air conditioners in every office!”).

5. Think about seasonal changes and daily operations. Normalizing for weather helps explain part of your heating and cooling story. Graph a year’s worth of utility bills to get a picture. Record a day’s energy use with a pulse monitor to see if something weird is happening (i.e. “Why is the air conditioning system being turned on at 4 a.m. when nobody arrives until 8?“). Keep custodial activities in mind (lights on all night?). Keep utility demand charges in mind (rates go up during peak hours or seasons) when proposing recommendations. 

6. Bring tools to help you measure now. Bring tools to help you remember later. Use a digital camera if you can. Take pictures of nameplates. Take pictures of equipment. This will help you remember the building when you are pulling together your report. Ask for a building schematic, or copy an evacuation plan map from the wall. Ask for a year’s worth of utility bills ahead of time. “Discriminators” tell you whether a ballast is electronic or magnetic. A “Watts Up” tool tells you how many Watts/hour a plug is drawing. You can order tools from the Davis catalogue. A mirror helps save your neck when you are performing a lighting audit. Bring a cell phone in case you get locked in somewhere. Tally counters are available at Target or Staples.

7. If you notice an OSHA or hazardous waste or fire code violation, you are liable and are legally obligated to report it. Familiarize yourself with these basic codes.

8. Energy efficient upgrades will increase the real estate value. Buildings sell better when they cost less to light, heat and cool.

9. Write your report for the building owner, who surely lives in California and will spend a grand total of 5 minutes reading your recommendations (if that). Use executive summaries, initial costs, and dollar savings. Include everything. If the lighting is already efficient, write that the lighting is already efficient and you have no recommendations at this time. Address building envelope, lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, and equipment/plug load/process equipment.

10. Benchmark against other buildings. Use 2005 ASHRAE Handbook Ch. 35 to compare energy intensity (kBTU/square foot/year) or Energy Star. Measure or estimate square footage to get this benchmark.

Leave a Comment

Twin Cities – Green Job Openings

Looking for a green career? I must be in a list mood today. Here is a selection of green jobs posted in the last week for Saint Paul and Minneapolis.


Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
– Media Intern, Food & Society Fellows Program (unpaid, Minneapolis) (posting)

– Biofuels Intern, Trade & Global Governance (unpaid, Minneapolis) (posting)

Goodwill/Easter Seals
– Marketing Manager (paid, St. Paul) (posting)

Seward Redesign
– Office Manager (paid, Minneapolis) (posting)

International Wolf Center
– Communications Marketing Director (paid, Minneapolis) (posting)

Blue Green Alliance
– Accounting and Administration Manager (paid, Minneapolis) (posting)

Leave a Comment