Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is seeking part-time fellows for the Fall of 2017 to assist with research and program-related activities. These volunteer positions will run from September through November 2017.
CRS is a nonprofit environmental organization that creates policy and market solutions to advance sustainable energy. Since 1997, CRS has been instrumental in the development of landmark state, regional, and national renewable energy and climate policies. Green-e is a program of CRS that provides third-party certification for renewable energy, such as utility green power programs, and carbon offset programs. Green-e Energy is North America’s leading consumer protection and certification program for renewable energy. Green-e also offers a unique certification (Green-e Marketplace) that recognizes organizations using certified renewable energy and/or carbon offsets and enables them to demonstrate their environmental commitment through the use of the nationally recognized Green-e logo.
The Fellowship Program is a great opportunity to gain practical renewable energy, climate change, and nonprofit office experience, and to be exposed to a variety of topics and organizations in the renewable energy sector. CRS will work with each fellow to craft a three-month work plan that utilizes current strengths, while developing experience in other areas of interest. Fellows can expect to engage in any of the following types of activities:
- Research. Areas of research include international electricity markets, government policy, stakeholder mapping, renewable energy/carbon offset purchasers, standards that support renewable energy and carbon offsets, electricity and carbon oversight activities and industry best practices.
- Marketing oversight & consumer protection. Support the review of client marketing materials and renewable energy claims to ensure compliance with the Green-e program rules. Learn about industry best practices for accurate renewable energy marketing and disclosure.
- Business development. Perform market research online in discreet energy sectors. Help develop and execute on direct communications to target market groups. Identify industry organizations and potential partnership opportunities. Some work in Salesforce and Excel is expected.
- Marketing and communications. Provide support for CRS’s communications activities, draft marketing communications in Adobe Indesign, write draft blog posts, manage content calendars, manage social media accounts, provide marketing strategy support, and other design functions based on fellow’s capabilities.
- Policy Support. Provide support for CRS’s policy work in current areas of interest, including: design and implementation of state Renewable Portfolio Standards, community renewables programs, power source and emissions disclosure, carbon regulation and market design, and government support of voluntary markets.
- Event planning. Work on logistics and programming for Renewable Energy Markets, CRS’s annual clean energy conference. Potential to work on smaller, targeted events as opportunities arise.
The ideal candidates will have excellent internet research skills, organizational skills, Microsoft Excel competency, and a passion for renewable energy and climate change. Knowledge of corporate social responsibility, climate change, renewable energy, and carbon offsets is a plus, as is experience with renewables outside of the US. Half-time commitment at the CRS office for 3 months or equivalent is desired. A Bachelor degree or equivalent work experience a minimum requirement. Opportunities also are available for mid-career professionals and graduate students.