Community Energy Coordinator, Montpelier

Application Deadline

Vermont Natural Resources Council/Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network

This position is part of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps (VHCB AmeriCorps).  The VHCB AmeriCorps program supports the innovative dual-goal approach to creating stable affordable housing opportunities for Vermont residents while preserving the natural and working landscape.  VHCB AmeriCorps is a national service program that places members with non-profit housing or land and energy conservation organizations around the state.

The Vermont Natural Resources Council is an independent, nonprofit (501.c.3) environmental education, research organization founded in 1963. VNRC’s mission is to advance programs and practices that support and strengthen the foundation upon which Vermont’s economy thrives — a healthy environment. VNRC has four program areas — Water, Forests and Biodiversity, Sustainable Communities and Energy and Climate. VNRC is also the coordinator of the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN), which is an umbrella network of partner organizations and approximately 125 all-volunteer community energy committees across Vermont. VECAN’s core mission is to start and strengthen town energy committees – many of which are appointed by their municipality – and support their efforts to help individuals, businesses, communities and the State of Vermont decrease energy consumption, transition to renewable resources, foster diverse transportation choices and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The primary goal of this position is to help start and strengthen town energy committees. Specifically, this position largely focuses on building the capacity of energy committees and supporting their education, communication and project implementation efforts around weatherization, efficiency, conservation, renewable energy projects, transportation innovation. This includes an important focus on helping these groups better serve and engage low income Vermonters, helping more vulnerable Vermonters reduce their heating, electricity and transportation costs.

Essential Functions:

  • Support Vermont’s existing town energy committees through technical assistance, networking and capacity building. The ACM will help inform, connect and strengthen Vermont’s network of approximately 125 all-volunteer town energy committees and foster their energy-saving solutions. The core components of this work will include 1) regularly communicating with members of energy committees on programs, projects and opportunities, 2) creating networking and information sharing opportunities and 3) helping connect them to direct technical assistance on project implementation efforts
  • The ACM will help identify and catalyze new energy committees in communities across the state currently without one.
  • Helping to organize and promote the sixth annual Button Up Vermont/Weatherize initiative

  • Organize regional energy network gatherings and other information-sharing and networking opportunities.
  • Helping VECAN partners and UVM Extension organize and host VECAN’s 11thAnnual Community Energy Conference.
  • Maintain and update VECAN’s online resources, including website and newsletters, intended to be a clearinghouse of useful resources for energy committees.
  • Participate in an Independent Service Project under the guidance of VHCB AmeriCorps

  • Participate in VHCB AmeriCorps Trainings, Service Days, Events, and Program Initiatives.

  • Engage in professional and personal development activities and networking opportunities.

Marginal Functions:

  • Helping to manage and build a contact list of community energy committee leaders.
  • Potentially tabling or presenting at energy fairs, conferences or to student groups about VECAN and community energy work.
  • Helping write case studies of successful energy saving or energy innovation projects.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Be organized, motivated and as self-directed as possible.
  • Ability to manage several tasks simultaneously with attention to detail and follow through.
  • Have experience or strong interest in working with diverse communities and partners.
  • Web site management and other IT experience a big plus.
  • Have a strong knowledge of or interest in energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean energy.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be US citizen or have permanent resident status;
  • Be at least 18 years of age upon entering the Pre-Service Orientation or 17 years of age with written parental permission that has been verified by phone;
  • Be a high school graduate, have a GED certificate, or be willing to work towards a GED as part of the service-term.  A member cannot have dropped out of high school to join AmeriCorps.
  • Has not been convicted of murder or sexual assault and is willing to undergo an National Service Criminal History Check
  • Be committed to the VHCB AmeriCorps program’s ethic of service and personal and professional development of its participants;
  • Have the ability and enthusiasm to drive to, attend, and participate in required trainings and events, and be prepared to drive up to 2-3 hours each way.

Additional Information:

This position is to be performed primarily indoors in an office setting. It will also include occasional events, participating in meetings and public engagement opportunities. This can include travel outside of the City of Montpelier, where the office/position is primarily based. The hours are occasionally irregular, with night meetings or weekend events. Primarily, however, the position is M-F, with service occurring during more traditional office hours.

Position begins September 10th, 2018 and ends August 9th, 2019.

This position is Full Time: Requires 1,700 hours for an average of 40 hours per week for 48 weeks.   Member will receive a living allowance of $20,400 (pre-tax), and an education award of $5,920 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service.  Other benefits include health insurance, federal school loan forbearance, and various training and networking opportunities.

This position does not have recurring access to vulnerable populations (youth, persons over 60, individuals with disabilities).

To Apply: Fill out an online application HERE

For questions about this position or to send additional materials:

Johanna Miller, Energy Program Director and VECAN Coordinator

Vermont Natural Resources Council 

9 Bailey Ave.

Montpelier, VT 05602   * 

Phone: 802.223.2328 ext. 112

Application deadline: July 27, 2018

Additional information on AmeriCorps is available at

The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) is sponsoring this AmeriCorps position through their AmeriCorps Program. VHCB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Positions are open to all applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran’s status, religion or creed.