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If you have a position to fill, send a posting (including a brief description, contact information, qualifications, and application deadline) to: contactisea@illinoissolar.org

Updated: August 21st, 2018

Three Internship Opportunities with the StraightUp Solar
Positions: Solar Support Specialist Intern, Permitting Specialist Intern, Onsite Solar Technician Intern

Solar Support Specialist Intern

The goal of this position is to educate customers and help them find the right "solar solution" for their home. This requires a unique combination of technical and communication skills, passion, and excitement for customer's choosing to put solar PV on their home. Respond to solar inquiries, educate potential clients about solar, gather energy usage and other site information, and manage customer data.

20-40 hours per week for 160 hours.

Permitting Specialist Intern

The goal of this position is to assist in the duties of utlity interconnection applications and permits. You'll thrive in this position if you're a good communicator and have proven systems for keeping track of deliverables and staying organized.

20-40 hours per week for 160 hours.

Onsite Solar Technician Intern

This hands-on internship helps complete PV projects through system layout, roof attachment, racking and module assembly, combiner box installation, home run wiring, and voltage testing. Applicants will benefit by having previous experience in construction and knowledge of safety best practices.

20-40 hours per week for 160 hours.

To learn more and apply to any of the above positions, click here.

Job Opportunities with the Illinois Power Agency
Position: Program Managers for New Solar Programs - Chicago

The Illinois Power Agency is seeking two Program Managers to staff solar energy incentive programs that the Agency is launching to support the development of new solar generation across Illinois. This includes the Adjustable Block Program for the development of photovoltaic distributed generation and community solar, and the Illinois Solar for All Program to support solar for low-income households and communities. Please see the attached job description for more information on the duties of the position and the qualifications required. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:

Anthony Star, Director, Illinois Power Agency

160 North LaSalle Street, Suite C-504, Chicago, Illinois 60601


No phone calls please.

Click here to learn more and apply.

Applications without a cover letter describing the applicant’s relevant experience and why he or she would be a strong candidate for this position with the Agency will not be reviewed for consideration. Please indicate in the cover letter your interest in serving as Program Manager for the Adjustable Block Program, the Illinois Solar for All Program, or both.

Job Opportunity with the Natural Resources Defense Council
Position: Illinois Clean Energy Advocate - Chicago

NRDC is seeking an Illinois Clean Energy Advocate to join the Midwest Region team of the Climate & Clean Energy Program, to be based in NRDC’s Chicago office. This role requires a commitment to developing Illinois as a leadership state on climate and clean energy policy, experience working collaboratively and in a team-based setting with both internal and external partners, ability to represent NRDC in the media and other public forums with credibility and enthusiasm, interest in cultivating relationships with state and local officials, the executive branch and agencies, and a willingness to travel to Springfield, Illinois and elsewhere to advance NRDC’s policy goals with lawmakers.


    • Serve in a leadership role for NRDC in Illinois to build support at the state and local level to advance and defend the organization’s climate and clean energy policy priorities;
    • Strengthen, develop and nurture relationships with state and local decision makers and elected officials, and build durable partnerships with a network of allies;
    • Coordinate with and represent NRDC in broad coalitions of Illinois-based environmental stakeholders;
    • Provide written and oral advocacy to further NRDC’s priorities at the Illinois General Assembly, the executive branch, state agencies (such as the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency), and before regulatory forums such as the Illinois Commerce Commission and the Pollution Control Board;
    • Serve as the key Illinois spokesperson in the press for NRDC’s climate and clean energy mission, including partnering with the Communications team to respond to media requests and to develop advocacy materials to amplify NRDC’s message;
    • Collaborate with a multi-faceted internal team of campaign, communications, public engagement, and policy experts at NRDC to further the organization’s state and federal policy priorities;
    • Work with the Climate & Clean Energy Program’s Midwest Region Director and other members of the team, as appropriate, to set strategic goals and priorities for Illinois, budgets and timelines, and effectively manage a state budget and deploy consultants and partners to meet project timelines and objectives;
    • Conduct policy research and analysis to develop and support positions; 
    • Be a central part of a strong and collegial team that is focused on collaboration, approaches advocacy with innovation and optimism, and is committed to using the full range of expertise within NRDC and among its partners to drive change.


        • Master’s Degree or equivalent experience in relevant field;
        • 2-6 years’ experience related to environment, climate or energy policy; experience cultivating relationships at the governmental, regulatory, or legislative levels, as well as demonstrated success managing projects and engaging in public advocacy may substitute for policy expertise;
        • Track record of success in navigating diverse coalitions, building consensus on policy issues and driving toward positive outcomes within a team, in a coalition, and with other external partners;
        • A sense of mission and passion for public interest and environmental advocacy;
        • Interest in state and federal political issues;
        • Broad-based interest in climate and clean energy work, including the ability to quickly get up to speed on NRDC’s policy and campaign priorities;
        • Ability to represent NRDC with maturity, judgment and professionalism;
        • Strong oral and written advocacy skills, including a willingness to represent NRDC in a variety of public forums and in the media;
        • Willingness and ability to register as a state lobbyist;
        • Flexibility to travel to Springfield, Illinois, as well as to other NRDC offices and U.S. locations as needed, approx. 30% of the time.

          To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/careers and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

          Internship Opportunity with the Illinois Solar Energy Association
          Position: Fall Semester Intern - Remote, Illinois-based

          The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is looking for an intern for the upcoming Fall semester.

          ISEA 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. It is the state resource for renewable energy related policy developments, educational classes, events, and access to local renewable energy businesses.

          As the ISEA intern, your responsibilities would include, but not be limited to:

          • Being available 10-15 hours a week - flexible hours
          • Helping to coordinate the 2018 Illinois Solar Tour, a state-wide solar open house (see www.illinoissolartour.org to learn more)
          • Basic marketing and coordination for upcoming events, such as legislative solar socials
          • Data entry
          • Marketing/PR work as needed

          Required Qualifications:

          • Ability to work independently, with access to own computer and phone - position is remote
          • Proficiency in Google Drive suite
          • Experience in web content management or willingness to learn
          • Good communication and writing skills
          • Illinois based

          This remote unpaid internship allows for the opportunity to be involved with the advancement of clean energy in your state, while working in your own space on flexible hours! Please send your resume and a short paragraph about why you are interested in the position (in the body of the email) to nicola.brown@illinoissolar.org and lesley.mccain@illinoissolar.org. Please include "ISEA Intern Application" in the subject line.

          Job Opportunity with Ailey Solar Electric
          Position: Solar Project Administrator - Chicagoland Area

          Ailey Solar seeks a talented, organized, and highly motivated individual to work in our operations and sales teams as we develop solar projects throughout the Chicagoland area. Hands on training will be provided. The position will involve assisting the sales team during contact with prospective customers and then during production moving solar projects through operational milestones such as permitting, utility interconnection, scheduling and other items. The successful individual will report directly to the management team and will work closely with both operations and sales team members.

          There are opportunities for advancement as the organization continues to grow. This is a great way to start your career in solar. Learn on the job and be a part of the solar renewable energy movement.

          Required Qualifications:

          • Familiarity with PCs
          • Attention to detail/organized
          • Time management
          • Promptly getting back to customers
          • Excellent customer service skills

          Preferred Qualifications:

          • Familiarity with PCs
          • Attention to detail/organized
          • B.A. or similar preferred.

          • Some knowledge of Excel, Word, PDF Editors

          • Experience using Google Docs

          • Familiarity with social media (Twitter, Facebook, WordPress)

          The Solar Project Administrator's responsibilities include but are not limited to:

          • Support the sales team with a number of tasks during the sales and consultation process with prospective customers.
          • Manage customers throughout the process of obtaining solar on their home.

          • Compile, complete and submit building permits and plan set documents.

          • Obtaining the interconnection agreements and net metering agreements for each project.

          • Recording the progress of each project in the internal systems.

          • Verifying that all needed parts for each project have been ordered.

          • Perform additional duties as needed.

          Please submit resume to info@aileysolar.com

          Job Opportunities with Sunrun
          Position: Sales, Installation - Chicagoland Area

          Sunrun is seeking motivated and highly qualified individuals to join our team in a variety of positions, including Field Sales Consultant, Lead Installer, Electrical Foreman, and Retail Solar Advisor. 

          Sunrun is the largest dedicated residential solar company in the United States. Sunrun believes there is a better, less expensive, cleaner way for families to power their homes. With Sunrun’s residential rooftop solar, storage and energy services, homeowners are saving money while dramatically reducing the amount of air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) they release into the atmosphere. After 10 years, Sunrun is still a steadfast believer in the power of the sun, and we aren’t alone. Continued, growing demand for our products and services proves that more and more Americans want better energy options. Our mission is simple – create a planet run by the sun.

          The history of our company is a biography of great talent. We hire, build, and grow great teams, and Sunrun’s talent distinguishes us from all other companies. We look for passionate, solution oriented individuals who have the courage to help customers change the way they power their lives.

          Click here to learn more about the positions and apply.

          Job Opportunity with Salem Land
          Position: Land Acquisition Professionals

          Salem Land is currently seeking experienced Land/Site Acquisition Professionals for upcoming renewables projects in several regions of the US, including the Midwest.

          To be considered, you must have experience acquiring fee and leased land on solar energy projects.

          Experience with site selection and feasibility studies, negotiations with landowners and local governments, and presenting at community meetings preferred.

          • Site Selection and feasibility studies
          • Travel as needed to project area to research municipal/county requirements and gather property ownership information
          • Landowner engagement: Coordinate meetings with landowners and local agencies (remote and in-person) to discuss purpose of the project, provide information and answer questions on solar projects, and prepare/present agreements to negotiate and obtain fee land, leases, and other various contracts and permits
          • Public Process: Attend community meetings for larger scale projects to answer questions and discuss purpose of the project

          Please email your resume in confidence to inbox@salemland.com. Visit us at www.salemland.com. All positions will be subject to a background check and pre-employment drug and alcohol screening based upon Salem's Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Policy.




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