To apply for these positions, please download the PDF application and send it to Jerrid Burk: jerridb@ncat.org.

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NOTE: Deadlines for this position is July 13th, 2015 or until a suitable candidate can be identified.

Montana Energy Corps

Energy Corps Member
Climate and Waste Reduction Educator, Home ReSource and Climate Smart, Missoula, MT.

Home ReSource and Climate Smart Missoula are two separate but linked entities who will share an Energy Corps service member in Missoula, MT. Home ReSource is an established organization working on issues and opportunities to move Missoula toward zero waste, one of the community's key focal areas. Climate Smart Missoula is a new effort to address and connect community energy, climate, and sustainability efforts among various focal areas. The Energy Corps member would gain experience in community engagement, including working with leadership teams, offering strategic input, and learning about non-profit management and development. S/he will split their time between these organizations each week, depending on both the project needs described below as well as member interest.

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in September
  1. Home ReSource: The Energy Corps member will be instrumental in building a fifth grade education program and providing the capacity to deliver it. Additionally, the member will be directly involved in building community support and leadership necessary to make Missoula a Zero Waste community.
    • Educational program development
    • Zero Waste Community Initiatives
  2. Climate Smart Missoula: The Energy Corps member will work closely with the Director and will join and fully participate in the cross-sector community Leadership Team that works to advance energy and climate initiatives. The member will help set strategic direction and assist with the full launch of Climate Smart Missoula in the fall of 2015.
    • Codevelop a program with the City of Missoula and Climate Smart to measure community greenhouse gas emissions and other climate metrics, collect data, develop report, and present findings
    • Develop educational materials and initiatives with community partners around the interface of climate, energy, local food and agriculture, and more
    • Help develop and implement a strategy for the Missoula Community for issues surrounding wildfire smoke, addressing vulnerable populations, social equity, and climate preparedness
    • Craft creative outreach materials and website and social media content and represent Climate Smart at community events
    • Work creatively to inspire a more positive and tangible discourse around climate change

Term of service: September 16, 2015-August 15, 2016

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


Energy Corps Member
Energy Conservation and Sustainability Educator, City of Missoula, Missoula, MT.

In January 2013 the Missoula City Council unanimously adopted an Energy Conservation & Climate Action Plan for municipal operations. The Plan states the bold goal of carbon neutrality by 2025 with interim goals in 2015, 2017 and 2020. The City's previous Energy Corps member established protocols and methods to replicate municipal greenhouse gas accounting annually – and that process is now in place as a vital measurement and analysis tool. An Energy Corps member for 2015-16 will add much needed capacity to continue marching towards emissions reduction goals, while educating staff, elected officials and the public around City energy conservation and climate action initiatives. The Energy Corps member will be responsible for the specific tasks detailed below.

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in September
  1. Municipal and Community Greenhouse Gas accounting (using ICLEI's ClearPath Tool) and reporting
  2. Interfacing with Climate Smart Missoula, the cross-sector collaborative working on energy conservation, sustainability and climate change on a community-wide scale
  3. Energy and utility tracking, benchmarking and reporting
    • Working with the State Department of Environmental Quality and EnergyCap/Energy Star Portfolio manager tools
  4. Research and presenting policy considerations
    • Topics to include healthy and high performance building standards, anti-idling or other sustainable transportation concepts, cradle-to-grave sustainable procurement
  5. Developing and delivering content and programming under the City's "Fostering Sustainable Workplace" and "Towards Zero Waste" plans
  6. Research and determine feasibility of a residential community collective solar pv purchasing and marketing, or "Solarize" program for Missoula
  7. Bolstering the City's online energy conservation and climate action content and presence
  8. Development of a guide to "green" or "Climate Smart" Missoula events and festivals
  9. Broad community outreach and event representation, participation and involvement

Term of service: September 16, 2015-August 15, 2016

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


Energy Corps Member
Sustainability and Habitat Educator, National Wildlife Federation, Missoula, MT.

The Energy Corps member will engage in in outreach regarding the National Wildlife Federation's (NWF) Eco-Schools USA program: recruiting new Eco-Schools through teacher-training workshops and other outreach; providing support for existing Eco-Schools; and assessing and analyzing opportunities to increase the efficiency and accessibility of NWF's education programs and local offerings in Montana, seeking in particular to reach diverse and underserved constituents. In addition, the member will promote wildlife-friendly gardening, with an emphasis on the Missoula Community Wildlife Habitat Initiative. The member will give presentations, provide outreach at community events and recruit funding partners to underwrite participation by low-income and underserved community members.

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in September
  1. Eco-Schools USA Education and Outreach activities (primary activity)
    • Contact existing Eco-Schools in Montana to gather information about their programs and opportunities to expand this program in the state
    • Provide support for existing Eco-Schools, e.g. recruiting and training volunteers, achieving program goals, seeking recognition through Eco-School awards, and researching grant and other funding opportunities
    • Plan and conduct Eco-School USA professional development trainings
    • Contact school districts and statewide organizations for dispersing information about the benefits of Eco-Schools certification
    • Coordinate with SMART Schools and other energy efficiency/sustainability programs and environmental education activities currently utilized by Montana schools
    • Plan and conduct outreach tabling and presenting resources on NWF's education programs
    • Compile and write up information gained in research for future NWF use
    • Assess and analyze opportunities to increase the efficiency and accessibility of NWF's education programs and local offerings in Montana, seeking in particular to reach diverse and underserved constituents
  2. Community Wildlife Habitat/Gardening for Wildlife (secondary activity)
    • Work with Habitat Team formed in 2015 to build and expand participation in the Missoula Community Wildlife Habitat Initiative and achieve recognition of Missoula as Montana's first certified Community Wildlife Habitat
    • Cooperate with the City of Missoula and other partners to provide updated information about habitat certification and opportunities for volunteer participation
    • Provide presentations to and seek input from potential partners and new participants/volunteers at large community venues, workshops, informal events, and individual meetings
    • Provide outreach at community events: tabling, sharing resources, recruiting volunteers
    • Recruit funding partners to underwrite participation by low-income and underserved community members (i.e., sponsored certifications)
    • Monitor progress toward articulated goals through certification and other metrics
    • Engage in self-assessment and performance evaluation with supervisors
    • Update and revise strategic plan at end of service period to reflect lessons learned and new opportunities, seeking in particular to reach diverse and underserved constituents

Term of service: September 16, 2015-August 15, 2016

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


Energy Corps Member
Sustainability Educator, City of Red Lodge, Red Lodge, MT.

The City of Red Lodge believes there is a need to reduce energy costs for City buildings, as well as improving the recycling operations in the community. The Red Lodge Energy Corps member will engage in several projects for the City of Red Lodge that fall under the 2013 Red Lodge Growth Policy under the Climate Protection section and under the Infrastructure and City Services goals of demonstrating a commitment to environmental protection and sustainability. The member will focus on three main projects; Solar (PV) potential for city buildings, LED Lighting for City Streets, and expanded recycling activities. In addition, the member will look into LED lighting options for city building operations as well as the feasibility of an electric vehicle charging station to be located in Red Lodge.

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in September
  1. Solar Arrays for City Buildings (primary activity)
    Goal: To potentially reduce energy costs for City buildings
    • Research historic electricity costs for City facilities
    • Inventory available rooftop space for solar PV systems and estimate total power production capacity of different PV systems
    • Provide support to engineers and architects as the appropriate PV system is selected and structural analysis is conducted
    • Conduct cost benefit analysis for PV system and assist in identifying financing mechanisms, including tax incentives to offset the cost of the project
    • Recommend modifications to the City code for the design of future city buildings in order to make roofs solar ready
  2. LED Lighting for City streets (primary activity)
    Goal: To potentially save energy and reduce costs to the City, reduce direct and reflecting light to the sky and improve nighttime visibility and safety
    • Update inventory of city streetlights and create map; rate, watts, type of pole, type of lights, location, etc.
    • Calculate costs for various types of LED street light fixtures
    • Investigate alternative electric lighting service delivery options, including the downtown area, and potential removal of selected lighting in residential neighborhoods
  3. Expansion of community recycling operations (primary activity)
    Goal: To increase the awareness of the importance to recycle household goods, including electronics, and to increase revenues by expanding the City's recycling activities
    • Document existing recycling activities for the City conducted at Beartooth Industries; types of materials, amounts, income generated and facility equipment and overall structure
    • Develop a community education and logistics program with goals to expand geographic coverage, amount of material recycled and types of material recycled. Include a school-based component.
    • Determine logistics of providing year-round electronics waste recycling at Beartooth Industries in cooperation with REWIND (Recycle Electronic Waste Into New Devices)
    • Research certified electronic waste recyclers and develop process for pick up and disposal of electronic waste
    • Determine feasibility of recycling expansion in City parks and downtown area
  4. LED Retrofit for City building operations (secondary activity)
    Goal: To potentially reduce energy costs for City buildings
    • Conduct inventory of City owned light fixtures in all buildings
    • Calculate energy savings for LED fixtures
    • Calculate maintenance costs and savings for LED fixtures
    • Identify financing mechanisms to offset project costs
  5. Establishment of Electric Vehicle Charging Station (secondary activity)
    Goal: To create an electric vehicle charging station in the Red Lodge area in order to attract electric motor vehicle travelers
    • Research electric vehicle charging station systems and options for obtaining free charging equipment
    • Document installation costs including hardscape alterations, conduit to wall connectors, core drilling and trenching and labor
    • Outline criteria for a successful site and recommend the location of two potential sites
    • Coordinate installation if schedule allows

Term of service: September 16, 2015-August 15, 2016

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


Energy Corps Member
Smart Schools Coordinator, Department of Environmental Quality, Helena, MT.

The Energy Corps member will run the day to day operations of the Smart Schools Challenge. Smart Schools is friendly competition among Montana schools to help schools save money and resources today by conserving energy, recycling and implementing "green practices." The Challenge is a collaborative initiative between the Department of Environmental Quality, the Governor's Office and the US Green Building Council-Montana Chapter. The SMART Schools coordinator will deliver educational presentations on a variety of resource conservation topics, assist schools with their diverse resource conservation projects and help administer the Challenge.

Specific Responsibilities:

Starts in September
  1. Target schools to enroll in Smart School challenges
  2. Provide onsite assistance and deliver educational presentations to school management, teachers and students on energy efficiency, resource management, chemical use and indoor air quality
  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: September 16, 2015-August 15, 2016

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


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 July 13, 2015

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