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NOTE: Deadline for applying to any of the following positions is September 7, 2014.


Montana Energy Corps

Recycling Educator
Recycle Montana Inc., Helena, MT

The Energy Corps member will increase Recycle Montana's capacity to assist service organizations working to provide recycling opportunities for their various audiences. This includes offering recycling presentations to K-12 schools, public and private higher education institutions, and at community events in conjunction with local and tribal governments. The member will assist Recycle Montana staff in utilizing existing educational resources for recycling, establishing local guides for recycling, and develop best practices for recycling material that can be presented with school and community presentations. The member will be able to assist programs across the state by increasing public awareness and understanding of recycling programs and helping communities establish sustainable programs.

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in October
  1. Assist service organizations working to provide recycling opportunities
  2. Recycling presentations
  3. Assist Recycle Montana staff in utilizing existing educational resources for recycling, establishing local guides for recycling, and develop best practices for recycling material that can be presented with school and community presentations and serve as a technical resource for communities, service organizations, and recyclers.

Term of service: October 2014 to August 2015

Anticipated service schedule: 1700 hours over course of service term. Roughly 40 Hours per week. Occasional evening/weekend hours may be necessary.




Bio-Energy Educator
Montana State University Northern Bio-Energy Center, Havre, Montana

MSU Northern's Bio-Energy Center is seeking an Energy Corps member to expand their capacity to perform research and educational outreach on biofuels and green technology for the transportation industry. The member will assist in curriculum development for a 2015 summer science camp in addition to participation in educational outreach efforts including tours of the center, biodiesel learning seminars and science fair education opportunities.

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in October
  1. Assist the Director in developing a summer "science" camp for K-12, to be delivered in June of 2015
  2. Outreach and Educational events
  3. Conduct a research project involving Camelina and woody biomass sources used for bio-based jet fuel

Term of service: October 2014 to August 2015

Anticipated service schedule: 1700 hours over course of service term. Roughly 40 Hours per week. Occasional evening/weekend hours may be necessary.




BikeNet Educator
BikeNet, Billings, Montana

BikeNet Billings seeks an Energy Corps member to assist with implementing programs and events that lead to more sustainable transportation, promotion of healthy choices, and protection of resources in the Billings community.

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in October
  1. Research programs that have resulted in increased walk/bike/bus rates for other communities
  2. Conduct walk/bike traffic safety skill training for community members
  3. Facilitate Active Living Everyday Class Sessions

Term of service: October 2014 to August 2015

Anticipated service schedule: 1700 hours over course of service term. Roughly 40 Hours per week. Occasional evening/weekend hours may be necessary.




Clean Energy Educator
Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition, Bozeman, MT

An Energy Corps member will participate and expand two main projects of the Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition (YTCEC): Sustainability Series and their Energy Literacy curriculum. The member will organize and host workshops in Montana, as well as identify and establish relationships with similar organizations. The member will also be responsible for scheduling and hosting monthly workshops as well as facilitating the implementation of YTCEC's "Alternative Fuels in Transportation" curriculum.

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in October
  1. Expand Sustainability Series Project as well as their Energy Literacy curriculum
  2. Implement “Alternative Fuels in Transportation” curriculum

Term of service: October 2014 to August 2015

Anticipated service schedule: 1700 hours over course of service term. Roughly 40 Hours per week. Occasional evening/weekend hours may be necessary.




Recycling and Waste Reduction Educator
Butte-Silver Bow City County Government, Butte, Montana

This Energy Corps member will assist the Butte-Silver Bow Public Works department with improving both their residential waste collection system as well as the community recycling infrastructure.

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in October
  1. Assist in the development and implementation of an improved residential waste collection system
  2. Conduct a cost-benefit analysis of several recycling infrastructure improvements/changes
  3. Provide community education and outreach to communicate changes in recycling and waste services
  4. Identify and assist in the implementation of several energy conservation projects in city/county government facilities

Term of service: October 2014 to August 2015

Anticipated service schedule: 1700 hours over course of service term. Roughly 40 Hours per week. Occasional evening/weekend hours may be necessary.




Weatherization and Renewable Energy Educator
National Center for Appropriate Technology, Butte, Montana

This Energy Corps member will provide renewable energy and energy efficiency education, as well as light weatherization for households throughout the state of Montana.

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in October
  1. Install light weatherization kits in homes around Montana
  2. Develop and conduct energy efficiency education events in communities around the state
  3. Develop and conduct renewable energy seminars

Term of service: October 2014 to August 2015

Anticipated service schedule: 1700 hours over course of service term. Roughly 40 Hours per week. Occasional evening/weekend hours may be necessary.





Wildlife Habitat and Sustainability Educator
National Wildlife Federation, Missoula, Montana

This Energy Corps member will assist the National Wildlife Federation's education staff to promote environmental stewardship, support sustainable environmental education, and restore/protect wildlife habitat. The focus of the member's work will be developing a strategic multi-year plan to achieve Community Wildlife Habitat certification for Missoula.

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in October
  1. Community Wildlife Habitat Certification (80% of member's time)
  2. Develop multi-year plan to achieve Community Wildlife Habitat certification and establish benchmarks to assess success, including specific goals for initial year of project work
  3. Provide presentations to and seek input from potential partners and new participants/volunteers at large community venues, workshops, informal events, and individual meetings
  4. Provide outreach at community events: tabling, sharing resources, recruiting volunteers

Term of service: October 2014 to August 2015

Anticipated service schedule: 1700 hours over course of service term. Roughly 40 Hours per week. Occasional evening/weekend hours may be necessary.




Energy Conservation and Sustainability Educator
City of Missoula, Missoula, Montana

The Energy Corps member will assist the City of Missoula by conducting an important update to the 2008/2009 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory (GHGEE). The update will help determine fi the City has met the first interim goal towards carbon neutrality and will also create the framework on successive inventory updates with clear, replicable methodology.

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in October
  1. Greenhouse Gas accounting and reporting
    • Most likely using ICLEI's ClearPath Tool as the foundation
  2. Energy and utility tracking and reporting
    • Utilizing the FacilityDude Utility Trac Plus application
  3. Interfacing with ADAPT, the cross-sector collaborative working on energy conservation, sustainability and climate change on a community-wide scale.

Term of service: October 2014 to August 2015

Anticipated service schedule: 1700 hours over course of service term. Roughly 40 Hours per week. Occasional evening/weekend hours may be necessary.





Sustainability Educator
Sustainable Business Council (SBC), Missoula, Montana

SBC is seeking an Energy Corps member to expand the organization's capacity to inform and motivate the Missoula community to reduce energy consumption across a wide variety of lifestyle and behavioral activities, particularly in consumption habits. The member would be directly involved in developing and implementing SBC's buy local campaigns and monthly educational events, including themes, materials, logistics, and outreach.

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in October
  1. Help to develop and implement themes and messaging for two Buy Local campaigns that will reach large audiences through newsletters, social media, tabling events, newspapers, and radio stations.
  2. Collaboratively coordinate/plan all aspects of nine monthly educational events and one large annual lecture event
  3. Develop and pilot sustainability news reporting program

Term of service: October 2014 to August 2015

Anticipated service schedule: 1700 hours over course of service term. Roughly 40 Hours per week. Occasional evening/weekend hours may be necessary.





Residential Energy Educator
Native American Development Corporation, Billings, MT

The Native American Development Corporation (NADC) seeks an Energy Corps member to assist with implementing programs and events that lead to long term solutions for tribal housing development in Montana. The member will provide training and energy educational services to the tribes in coordination with NADC programs and housing services. Additionally, the member will assist NADC with the development of energy efficiency programs and green housing design. A strong component of this position includes expanding NADC�s partners through existing programs

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in October
  1. Develop tribal housing energy curriculum
    • Material will be developed to education and train the participants of the NADC housing program as well as tribal housing authority management
  2. Design a model housing program
    • Contact tribal housing authorities to collect data on specific housing needs through face to face meetings, telephone calls, and email exchange
    • Research federal, state, and private housing programs and services
    • Research and assist in the development of a housing finance program

Term of service: October 1, 2014-August 31, 2015

Anticipated service schedule: 1700 hours over course of service term. Roughly 40 Hours per week. Occasional evening/weekend hours may be necessary.





Alternative Transportation Educator
BikeWalk Montana, Helena, MT

BikeWalk Montana (BWMT) seeks an Energy Corps member to assist with cultivating mutually beneficial relationships with all active transportation advocacy groups and clubs throughout the state, including but not limited to the Dept of Transportation, business, tourism, health, recreation education, economic development, environment land use, youth and underserved communities. The member will be involved in several projects related to the areas of education and outreach, partner and member development, expanding organizational capacity, and more. More details regarding each project are provided below.

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in October
  1. Conduct education and outreach relating to safe walking and cycling
  2. Organize and assist in hosting the BWMT Annual Summit in the Spring of 2015
  3. Assist with the BWMT First Annual Photo Contest
  4. Develop promotional and educational materials for BWMT
  5. Update website content, social media, and publish monthly newsletters
  6. Increase membership of the BWMT organization
  7. Research/identify grant opportunities
  8. Assist with development of organizational capacity
    • Membership development strategies based on best practices

Term of service: October 1, 2014-August 31, 2015

Anticipated service schedule: 1700 hours over course of service term. Roughly 40 Hours per week. Occasional evening/weekend hours may be necessary.





SMART Schools Educator
Department of Environmental Quality, Helena, MT

The Energy Corps member will assist Montana's Department of Environmental Quality with their SMART Schools Program. SMART Schools is a challenge program through the Governor's office to reduce energy consumption, reduce resource needs and improve the health of schools. Although some Montana schools have undertaken large projects to address many of these ideals, many schools have not. The Energy Corps member will be responsible for assisting the smaller schools across the state, as well is to help improve the program and garner participation over the next year.

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in October
  1. Target schools to enroll in SMART School challenges
  2. Provide onsite assistance to school management, teachers and students on matters of energy efficiency, resource management, chemical use, indoor air quality, and other health and energy projects
  3. Conduct baseline assessments of school energy use
  4. Assist schools with navigating the energy performance contract process
    • Distribution of ideas and materials to school partners
  5. Provide professional presentations to a multitude of audiences for SMART School initiatives

Term of service: October 1, 2014-August 31, 2015

Anticipated service schedule: 1700 hours over course of service term. Roughly 40 Hours per week. Occasional evening/weekend hours may be necessary.





Bio-Energy Educator
Montana State University Northern Bio-Energy Center, Havre, Montana

MSU Northern's Bio-Energy Center is seeking an Energy Corps member to expand their capacity to perform research and educational outreach on biofuels and green technology for the transportation industry. The member will assist in curriculum development for a 2015 summer science camp in addition to participation in educational outreach efforts including tours of the center, biodiesel learning seminars and science fair education opportunities.

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in October
  1. Assist the Director in developing a summer "science" camp for K-12, to be delivered in June of 2015
  2. Outreach and Educational events
  3. Conduct a research project involving Camelina and woody biomass sources used for bio-based jet fuel

Term of service: October 2014 to August 2015

Anticipated service schedule: 1700 hours over course of service term. Roughly 40 Hours per week. Occasional evening/weekend hours may be necessary.




Arkansas Energy Corps

Energy Corps Member
City of Fayetteville Community Resources Division, Fayetteville, AR

The City of Fayetteville Community Resources and Solid Waste & Recycling Divisions seek an Energy Corps member to provide educational and community outreach support for two programs:

  1. Community Resources Division - The member will provide hands-on assistance to 100 low-income households through distribution of the CDBG Energy Efficiency & Weatherization Kit Program throughout the City in accordance with HUD guidelines: http://www.huduser.org/portal/datasets/il/il14/ar_RevSec8.pdf
  2. Solid Waste & Recycling Division - The member will engage 500 individuals in structured energy education activities throughout the service term by providing recycling and trash information door-to-door in low-curbside-recycling-participation neighborhoods in order to help reach the City goal of 70% participation in by 2015.

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in October
  • Assist in providing the CDBG Energy Efficiency & Weatherization Kit Program throughout the City to qualifying low-income and moderate-income households in accordance with HUD guidelines to help residents save money while reducing wasted energy. The member will:
    • Identify qualifying individuals through submitted applications, community outreach presentations, and by reviewing demographic data;
    • Initiate communication in person, by telephone, email, or postal mail;
    • Organize volunteers for door-to-door distribution events in underserved neighborhoods with significant numbers of low-income households;
    • Conduct follow-up surveys with service recipients to determine increased awareness regarding sustainable energy resources, energy efficiency, and other environmentally conscious practices;
    • Estimate percentage of energy savings compared to unit's existing energy efficiency;
    • Track the number of Energy Efficiency & Weatherization Kits distributed to households within the city limits
  • Provide door-to-door education regarding recycling and trash services to increase participation in diversion programs and help residents save money and conserve the energy required to process raw materials through the City of Fayetteville Recycling and Pay-As-You-Throw program. The member will:
    • Identify low-curbside-recycling-participation neighborhoods;
    • Organize volunteers to conduct door-to-door surveys in low-curbside-recycling-participation neighborhoods to gauge awareness of recycling and P.A.Y.T program guidelines and report information to management for improving participation in low-curbside-recycling-participation neighborhoods;
    • conduct public presentations regarding sustainable energy resources, energy efficiency, and other environmentally conscious practices;
    • use Turning Point audience response software to track increased knowledge of presentation participants
  • Attend local environmental sustainability group meetings such as Environmental Action Committee, Fayetteville Forward, Environmental Education & Outreach Networking Meeting
  • Access to Vulnerable Populations: The Arkansas Service Commission has determined that the probability of access to vulnerable populations is so great that all members will undergo all required criminal background checks: NSOPR, FBI, and Arkansas State Police, as well as other states, as necessary.




Energy Corps Member
City of Fayetteville Sustainability & Resilience Department, Fayetteville, AR

The City of Fayetteville Sustainability & Resilience Department seeks an Energy Corps member to serve as a Bicycle Coordinator to assist with implementing programs and events that lead to more sustainable transportation, promotion of healthy choices, and protection of resources in the Fayetteville community. The member will be involved in several projects including:

  • Developing educational programs to encourage residents to walk/bike for transportation by explaining the energy savings, monetary savings, and health benefits associated with walking and bicycling for transportation;
  • Engaging 200 individuals in structured education presentations and activities throughout the service term;
  • Piloting programs related to increased walk/bike rates in the community
  • Conducting a walk/bike traffic safety skill training;
  • Analyzing the economic and social benefits of a bicycle friendly community;
  • Organizing community events and ribbon cutting celebrations to promote cycling;
  • Conducting surveys, interviews and ridership counts to gauge success for programs, events and engineering improvements

Specific Responsibilities: Starts in October

  • Develop city-wide bicycle educational efforts, by using social media and conducting public presentations to inform and educate motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians of the energy savings, monetary savings, health benefits, and best practices associated with walking and bicycling for transportation;
  • Use Turning Point audience response software to track increased knowledge of presentation participants;
  • Coordinate city-wide bicycle events, such as group rides, races, ribbon cutting celebrations, festivals and other activities to promote walking and bicycling as healthy, energy-efficient, and cost-effective means of transportation;
  • Assist with public outreach regarding on-street bike/ped facilities such as protected bike lanes, bike lanes, shared lane markings, signage, bike racks and better crosswalks and signals to help familiarize citizens with the facilities available for healthy, energy-efficient, and cost-effective transportation choices;
  • Assist Trails Coordinator in education and outreach related to design, development, and implementation of citywide bike/ped facilities (including but not limited to trails and bicycle parking facilities) and objectives in the current Fayetteville Alternative Transportation and Trails Master Plan;
  • Review and implement recommendations from the League of American Bicyclists through the Bicycle Friendly Communities certification process, which provides metrics to help determine the effectiveness of education and outreach activities;
  • Analyze the economic and social benefits of a Bicycle Friendly Community and its impact on the reduction of poverty and unemployment;
  • Track and report usage of bicycle facilities thru mechanical counts, surveys, interviews, etc. to help determine the effectiveness of education and outreach activities;
  • Research programs that have resulted in increased walk/bike/bus rates for other communities;
  • Conduct walk/bike traffic safety skill training for community members based on the LAB program and obtain League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor certification if applicable;
  • Develop promotion and sponsorship of social marketing messages that relate to environmentally conscious practices
  • Use social media to update maps, trail and bikeway conditions, and provide notices of bike/ped events.
  • Access to Vulnerable Populations: The Arkansas Service Commission has determined that the probability of access to vulnerable populations is so great that all members will undergo all required criminal background checks: NSOPR, FBI, and Arkansas State Police, as well as other states, as necessary.




Energy Corps Member
Ouachita Electric Cooperative c/o Clinton Foundation Climate Initiative, Fayetteville, AR

Ouachita Electric Cooperative seeks an Energy Corps member to engage with approximately 500 community members to initially educate them about energy efficiency which will result in approximately 400 of those community members perusing home energy efficiency retrofits that will immediately save them money on their utility bills, improve the comfort of their homes, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ninety-three percent of the nation's persistent poverty counties are in Rural Electric Cooperative service territories and there is a distinct correlation between poverty, substandard housing, and the disproportionate energy cost burden that low income households typically face. Utility-provided on-bill financing of energy efficient improvements can help fix the high bill and energy-wasting vicious cycle. The Energy Corps member's activities will be based out of the Clinton Climate Initiative - HEAL office in Little Rock, but the member may be deployed to other regions of the state as needed to serve in the communities where the participating electric cooperative is based. If this occurs, travel (reimbursement), lodging, and meals will be provided by the program.

Specific Responsibilities: Starts in OctoberEnergy Corps member activities will focus on program development and implementation through client and partner engagement, including:

  • Participant outreach;
  • Engaging with approximately 500 community members to initially educate them about energy efficiency, which will result in approximately 400 of those community members pursuing home energy efficiency retrofits (the program assumes an 80% conversion rate).
  • Conducting several presentations, educational meetings, and in person opportunities each month to induct about 45 new participants into the program
  • Facilitate the scheduling of their home assessment and results meetings;
  • Conducting energy efficiency education presentations using Turning Point audience response software to track increased knowledge of presentation participants;
  • Engaging with participants one-on-one during their individual home energy assessment results meetings (at Ouachita Electric Cooperative's office). These follow-up educational meetings provide the program-specified applicable efficiency recommendations, and pave the way for the next step of coordinating with the contractor within the retrofit completion network.
  • Facilitating an email or phone reintroduction of the client to the contractor, where the contractor will schedule and complete the client's energy efficiency retrofit;
  • Conducting program client satisfaction surveys to garner input from program participants which produce both quantitative and qualitative data to evaluate the program on an ongoing basis;
  • Through the Clinton Climate Initiative's HEAL Program, the Energy Corps Member will learn the program's best practices from all aspects of the program model, including:
    • the most important weatherization recommendations for Arkansas's climate and how those are implemented by retrofit contractors in the field;
    • financial language surrounding innovative financing models;
    • the homeowner-friendly and practical basic foundations of energy efficiency;
  • Access to Vulnerable Populations: The Arkansas Service Commission has determined that the probability of access to vulnerable populations is so great that all members will undergo all required criminal background checks: NSOPR, FBI, and Arkansas State Police, as well as other states, as necessary.




Energy Corps Member
Fayetteville Public Schools Sustainability Office, Fayetteville, AR

Fayetteville Public Schools seeks an Energy Corps member to introduce students to alternative transportation and advance the conversation in their communities and in their own families around healthier, more energy efficient and cost-effective transportation (biking/walking). The member will engage 4,400 3rd-8th grade students who are participating in the FPS Bike Ed program in structured educational activities including:

  • Teaching students about the health benefits, energy efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of biking/walking;
  • Teaching students bike safety, skill, maintenance and information about the expanding trail system and coordinating an annual trail ride for each school to familiarize students with the facilities available for healthy, energy-efficient, and cost-effective transportation choices;
  • Assisting the FPS Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Task Force in assessing current walking and bicycling participation, programs, perception, and infrastructure around schools, participating in SRTS task force planning and meeting preparation, and developing an action plan to get more students walking and bicycling safely to reduce dependence on fossil fuels for transportation to and from school;
  • Providing support to ensure program goals are met and students and teachers have an enjoyable and educational experience;
  • Assisting in conducting pretests and posttests to document FPS students' increased knowledge of bike and trail safety and the health benefits, energy efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of biking/walking

Specific Responsibilities: Starts in October

  • Coordinate with physical education teachers, Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks, and other community and city representatives to organize and manage trail rides for 8 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 2 junior high schools to familiarize students with the facilities available for healthy, energy-efficient, and cost-effective transportation choices that they will share with their communities and in their own families. Tasks will include:
    • identifying the closest and most accessible trail to the school
    • setting times and dates for the rides (in cooperation with PE teachers and school principals)
    • recruiting and organizing parents and other volunteers
    • tracking participation numbers
    • soliciting feedback for future rides
  • Provide support to PE teachers as needed as the expanded Bike ED curriculum is implemented, including:
    • being present during PE classes where bicycles are used to provide additional hands-on support for students on bikes
    • assisting with education about the trail system
    • coordinating with the high school ag systems class for bicycle repairs as needed
    • participating in Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks teacher training and professional development days
  • Assist with Safe Routes to School and Bike ED data collection and analysis including collecting and processing travel tally information and sharing data with SRTS task force members in order to determine the degree to which the educational activities lead to student participation in environmentally-friendly transportation choices;
  • Develop and implement audits to identify infrastructure improvements needed to increase walking and biking to and from schools. Share results with the SRTS task force and develop a report to share with City of Fayetteville staff with the goal of getting more students walking and bicycling safely to reduce dependence on fossil fuels for transportation to and from school;
  • Research walking school bus models and potentially work with a pilot school in the district to begin a program;
  • Assist with promotion of the Bike ED program and Safe Routes to School




For more information about these opportunities, what we do and where we are, please contact: Kaleena Miller, Energy Corps Coordinator, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), (406) 533-6651, kaleenam@ncat.org


Completed applications may be emailed to jerridb@ncat.org
or sent to:
Jerrid Burk
NCAT Human Resource Specialist
P.O. Box 3838
Butte, MT 59702

NOTE: Deadline for applying to any of the following positions is September 7, 2014

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