BY LIZ ZABEL | IOWA ENERGY CENTER
AmeriCorps’ Conservation Corps Minn. and Iowa, with the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) have posted a position opening for the Solar Heat Outreach Corpsmember.
The Solar Heat Outreach Corpsmember is an AmeriCorps member position stationed at the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) in Hiawatha, IA. The position serves outreach and capacity building functions on behalf of both Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) based in Pine River, Minnesota, and HACAP. RREAL delivers solar air heat to low-income families on energy assistance (LIHEAP) as a lasting solution to end poverty. Solar Assistance fosters ecological health, social equity and self-reliance while providing families with decades of renewable, domestic energy.
The Solar Heat Corpsmember will assist RREAL in carrying out its Solar Assistance program, perform Solar Air Heat system installations, facilitate Conservation Corps crew trainings, and conduct community outreach and general project management tasks. This position will have varied responsibilities and substantial authority to act independently, while assisting RREAL program coordinators, who will provide direct guidance and training as needed.
The person in this position will have the opportunity to utilize their existing skills and to develop a variety of new skills that will increase future employability in the green jobs sector. In addition to responsibilities related to RREAL, this corpsmember will also assist HACAP staff in energy conservation education for consumers, HACAP crew training for solar furnace installations, and potentially some project management. HACAP will arrange for state required lead worker certification. This member may also participate in natural resource management projects in the field with Conservation Corps crews for up to a week at a time, as scheduling dictates, no more than 20% of the corpsmember’s term of service.
The position benefits include a $1565/month living stipend, a $5550 educational award on completion of the service term (1-16-14 to 12-12-14), student loan forbearance, health insurance, and valuable training and networking opportunities. Interested individuals can gather more information and apply via the website.