January 12, 2015

Job Opportunity with Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter

Position: Deputy Director

Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter is seeking applicants for a new Deputy Director position. The Deputy Director will help build a stronger Sierra Club, including working with our staff and volunteer leaders to plan and implement winning campaigns for environmental protection, ensuring efficient completion of administrative and business functions of our Chicago office, and assisting with fundraising efforts. The Deputy Director will also engage with existing and new allies in our efforts, lead our electoral efforts, and help educate members, decision makers, and the public about our work.

Qualified applicants will have experience in leading work for social change, including staff supervision, office management, grassroots organizing, political campaigns, communications, and fundraising.

Learn more, and apply online, at

January 1, 2015

Internship with ISEA


The Illinois Solar Energy Association (“ISEA”) seeks to hire a solar energy policy intern. The policy intern will support ISEA’s advocacy and policy work throughout Illinois. An internship with ISEA will provide significant hands-on experience working with industry experts in Illinois’ growing the solar energy market. The Illinois Solar Energy Association is a non-profit organization that promotes the widespread application of solar and other forms of renewable energy through our mission of education and advocacy. ISEA is the state resource for renewable energy related policy developments, educational classes and events.

Position Title: Policy Internship
Salary: $15 hr, on an as-needed basis Location: Illinois Reports To: ISEA’s Executive Director and Policy Committee Chair

The successful candidate will work with ISEA’s Executive Director and policy committee on clean energy policy initiatives, tracking legislation with the Illinois General Assembly, and assisting on special projects. The intern will be expected to participate in ISEA policy committee meetings and other events relevant to ISEA’s policy agenda. The intern will lead volunteer coordination for events in Chicago, Springfield and across the state. 

The successful candidate will satisfy the following qualifications:
• Strong analytical, writing, research and communication skills
• Ability to multitask while maintaining strong attention to detail
• Passion for the renewable energy industry and underlying Illinois policy
• Strong academic record and excellent analytical skills
• The candidate should be a self-starter with a track record of initiative and success
• Ability to plan events including booking space, registration and communication to attendees
• Experience lobbying and familiarity with the legislative process is a plus 

Must possess or be in the process of receiving a Bachelors or Master’s degree in a political science, public policy, renewable energy, or other relevant area of study.

How to Apply
No phone calls please, qualified candidates should apply by e-mail only to ISEA’s Executive Director, Lesley McCain ( Subject line should read “Policy Intern.” A cover letter and resume must be attached (PDF or Word).

December 17, 2014

Job Opportunity from Solar Service, Inc.

Position:Solar Installer

Solar Service Inc, Illinois’ leading solar provider for over 30 years, is seeking installers for residential and commercial photovoltaic systems. Installers in this position have the opportunity to work on all aspects of PV installations. Previous solar installation experience is not required, but mechanical aptitude, attention to detail, a good attitude, and willingness to learn and work with others are a must.

Responsibilities include:

Communication with the job foreman and project manager 

Pulling inventory for the job

Layout and installation of PV racking systems and modules 

Electrical conduit installation and wiring, both AC and DC 

Clean up of jobsite

Documentation of the installation 

Other duties as required


Good written and verbal communication skills

Ability to lift 50+ lbs.

Ability to work in extreme conditions (Roofs, cold, snow, sun, crawl spaces, attics, etc.)

Willing and able to climb ladders, stairs, and work on rooftops and on feet for long periods of time 

A background in solar installation, electrical, and/or carpentry a plus

Ability to bend conduit a plus

Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and ability to pass a drug test

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to

November 17, 2014

Job Opportunity from Prairie Rivers Network

Position: Executive Director

Prairie Rivers Network seeks an energetic and self-motivated individual to lead an organization working with citizens, state agencies, scientists, and other advocacy groups to protect Illinois’ 120,000 miles of rivers and streams. Individuals with leadership, fundraising, program development, and advocacy skills are strongly urged to apply.

Position Summary

The Executive Director will oversee an annual operating budget of almost $700,000 and is responsible for the overall leadership and management of Prairie Rivers Network’s (PRN) programs, fundraising and business operations. This is a full-time position, hired by and directly accountable to the Board through its elected Board chair.

PRN currently has a staff of 8 full-time employees and 2 part-time employees. The organizational culture is professional, with shared values, strong personal commitment to conservation and close working relationships. Staff operates with a great deal of autonomy, but welcomes the opportunity to explore new ways to amplify the impact of their work under the leadership of the new Executive Director.

Read full job position description and announcement here.

To Apply

Interested candidates should e-mail their resume, a cover letter outlining their interests in and suitability for the position, and contact information for three references to:

Please: no phone calls, drop-ins or paper applications.

November, 2014

Job Opportunities from Solar Micronics, Inc.


Position: Solar Intern (Marketing)

Duties: Prepare Marketing brochures, research lead generation companies for solar leads, write proposals for solar projects (Chicago, Midwest, and other areas), follow up on leads, procure  solar customers, research social media for promotion of solar installations, carry out the promotional programs on social media for the company

Position: Marketing Executive (solar)

Duties: Be responsible for developing the residential market in Illinois; initially be responsible for all the residential sales, but be ready to develop a sales team within a period of 6-12 months to handle the burgeoning residential market. Be capable of writing proposals in response to RFPs, prepare marketing materials, develop and implement a Marketing budget. Familiarity with social media a distinct plus. Service commercial customers if needed.

Qualifications: Preferably 2-3 years’ experience in sales/marketing in the solar field with demonstrated success. Degree in Business/Marketing preferred. Must have good writing skills as well. Aggressive, goal-oriented person preferred.

We are a medium-sized solar company currently focused on Commercial solar installations. We are planning to expand into the residential market, and thus need a capable Marketing Executive for leading the residential division.

Position: Solar Installer

Duties: Be capable of recruiting, and training a crew to handle the business of residential installations. Preferably have NABCEP certification.


Preferably 3-5 years’ experience in grid-connected rooftop solar installations; experience in ground mount a plus. Familiarity with both DC side, and AC side required. 

November, 2014

Job Opportunities from Earth Wind and Solar Energy

Position: Installer

Contact: Please send an email to John Caravette,, with your resume attached, as well as a paragraph explaining why this opportunity is a good fit for you.

Earth Wind And Solar Energy a leading Chicago-based Solar Energy Company is seeking an installer to provide support to the project foremen of the installation team and aid in the successful completion and installation of photovoltaic, solar thermal and wind turbine systems. The ideal candidate will have some prior experience in electrical, roofing, and plumbing fields. Possess conduit bending skills, sweat copper pipe and must have an aptitude for mechanical integration of equipment and components. Experience and passion for the solar energy industry is preferred.

Responsibilities may include:
• Pulling inventory for each installation job.
• Pre-assemble job components in the warehouse.
• Precise and Neat Conduit and Piping Runs.
• Assist in layout and assembly of solar modules/array and mounting hardware.
• Mechanical/structural mounting of racking, modules and electrical equipment.
• Electrical wiring of solar array/system (AC and DC).
• Clean up of job site, maintain truck cleanliness.


• Team player
• Previous experience in solar installations, electrical, roof work, general construction, or carpentry strongly preferred
• Understanding/experience with electrical wiring of AC and DC systems strongly preferred
• Experience with the safe use of hand-held and power tools
• Experience working with all types of building materials - various roof types - stucco, wood, concrete, etc. strongly preferred
• Ability to work in extreme environments; ie: hot sun, crawl spaces, cold days
• Must be able to lift a minimum of 45 lbs
• Must have a clean driving record and reliable transportation to and from work
• All candidates to be hired must successfully pass a background check and drug screen
• Must have knowledge of OSHA compliance standards or familiarity with formal safety practices
• Must have own hand tools

March 3, 2014
Illinois Solar Energy Association - Program Development Internship
This is a great opportunity for recent gradates or candidates seeking to learn more about local energy markets and to work to advance the acceleration of the solar industry in Illinois.

The ISEA Program Development Intern will be involved in program expansion, best practice, grant and policy research, member communications, website management, event coordination and various other tasks.

For more information visit our internship posting.



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