This Sustainability Associate position is supported through an innovative partnership between PG&E and Strategic Energy Innovations. Aimed at addressing the myriad of energy and environmental sustainability initiatives, this Fellowship model presents a distinct opportunity to shape energy efficiencies and sustainability practices across sectors and institutional roles.
At the core of this program is developing the next generation of thinkers and doers to help address sustainability in higher education settings. Roles in sustainability require a distinct combination of aptitudes including project management, data analytics and community development. In addition to the Climate Corps training and professional certificate, this position offers professional development opportunities designed to help provide the range of skills necessary to execute sustainable programs or practices.
The candidate will work on pressing climate and sustainability problems and be relied upon to work toward replicable solutions. A customized mix of on the job training, field work and class time will help the Fellow hone marketable skills and draw important professional connections while making a marked difference in their community.
Role and Responsibilities
Projects may include, but are not limited to:
1. Develop pilot to support transportation electrification of medium- and heavy-duty fleet customers
a. Duration: 4 months; September – December
b. Stakeholders involved
1. CET team (RCP, EVCN, Engineering)
3. Data Analytics
4. Customer Service Representatives Team
ii. Potential External
3. Commercial fleet customers
b. Success Metrics
Conduct outreach with MHD customers to better understand pain points and barriers to transportation electrification
Work with CET team, internal teams, 3P vendors, and regulators to finalize
Help draft Tier 3 Advice Letter to propose to the CPUC
2. Market Research and Pilot Development – Low Carbon Fuel Standard
a. Duration: 6 months; January - June
b. Stakeholders involved
2. PG&E Internal LCFS Steering Committee
3. Governmental entities (cities, CARB, CPUC)
4. Community Based Organizations
c. Success Metrics/Deliverables
Conduct market research to understand current transportation electrification needs of residential and non-residential customers
Interview and collaborate with external and internal stakeholders to identify and prioritize pilot ideas
Support development of pilots into regulatory proposals
Support regulatory approval process for the pilots
3. Dealership Outreach and pilot campaign – leveraging the statewide CFR’s dealership network, the fellow would work to better understand how to connect with dealerships to increase EV program education for sales teams. The fellow would also establish partnerships with used EV dealerships to gain insights into this market.
a. Stakeholders involved
1. CET team
1. Statewide CFR Program Implementer
b. Success Metrics/Deliverables
Conduct outreach to dealerships (including used EV dealerships) in Empower EV cities and sign-up dealers to participate in training program
Design a curriculum to train dealership staff
Track attribution of EV sales due to PG&E efforts
Scope out how to scale to other cities in PG&E territory
Bachelor's degree preferred, Master’s level coursework in sustainability, engineering, design, or energy systems would be ideal.
Related experience in fields related to climate action and strategic planning, energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, and data analysis.
Valid driver’s license with reliable transportation to be available on-site.
Ability to work remotely if required.
Ability to work independently and carry out assignments, make independent judgments and/or decisions, and discern when action at a higher level is required.
Must be able to effectively manage multiple projects and maintain an organized and well communicated workflow.
Has a deep passion for sustainability, especially climate resilience, with the practical skills and abilities to affect change in complex systems.
SEI requires all employees to be Vaccinated against COVID-19.
SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse communities we serve, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, older adults, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.