Sustainability Associate

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University of Puget Sound

1500 N Warner Street Tacoma Washington 98416


Additional pay

Work Environment: Hybrid (Involves on-site and remote work)

Term: September 2023 – August 2024; 40 hours/week

Benefits: Health care coverage, professional development, industry networking, UC Climate Stewards Certification.

Position Overview

This Sustainability Associate position is supported through an innovative partnership between Puget Sound Energy and Strategic Energy Innovations. Aimed at addressing the myriad of energy and environmental sustainability initiatives, this Fellowship model presents a distinct opportunity to shape energy efficiencies and sustainability practices across sectors and institutional roles. At the core of this program is developing the next generation of thinkers and doers to help address sustainability in education settings. Roles in educational sustainability require a distinct combination of aptitudes including project management, data analytics, and community development. In addition to Climate Corps training and UC Climate Stewards certificate, this position offers professional development opportunities designed to help provide the range of skills necessary to execute sustainable programs or practices.

The candidate will work on pressing climate and sustainability problems and be relied upon to work toward replicable solutions. A customized mix of on-the-job training, field work and class time will help the Fellow hone marketable skills and draw important professional connections while making a marked difference in the community.

Role and Responsibilities

Projects may include, but not be limited to:

Energy Management:

  • Energy and utility audits
  • Monitoring and gathering data from facilities, and supporting Energy Star Portfolio Manager
  • Benchmarking efforts

Research and Data Analysis:

  • Perform research and analysis, develop performance metrics, and monitor and evaluate energy conservation program progress towards efficiency goals.
  • Support utility rebate review and proposal development for system upgrades.
  • Assist with reporting for PSE and TPU CSEM programs and campus STARS

Project Management:

  • Support initiatives such as EV charging stations
  • Support compliance with WA Clean Buildings Standard, including attending cohort meetings.

Campus Engagement:

  • Develop behavior-change actions and campaigns to support energy conservation on campus.
  • Provide support for energy-related student capstone projects and research inquiries, including occasional presentations to classes.
  • Assist in developing infographics and communication items to support campus energy conservation campaigns.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred. Master’s level coursework or project experience in engineering, design, or energy systems is ideal.
  • Related experience in fields related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy management, and/or data analysis.
  • Ability to work independently and carry out assignments, make independent judgments and/or decisions, and discern when action at a higher level is required.
  • Must be able to effectively manage multiple projects and maintain an organized and well communicated work flow.

Ideal Candidate

  • Has a deep passion for sustainability, especially climate resilience, with the practical skills and abilities to affect change in complex systems.

SEI requires all employees to be Vaccinated against COVID-19.

SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse communities we serve, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, older adults, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.