Location: City of Durham Sustainability and Energy Management, Durham, NC
Work Environment: Hybrid (3 days remote; 2 days in office)
Term (approximate): October 2022 - July 2023
Additional Pay: $1500 bonus upon program completion
Benefits: Health care coverage, assistance with student loan deferments, professional development, industry networking, end-of-program certificate of completion.
Overview & Background
About City of Durham
Sustainability and Energy Management (SEM) works to expand the City’s use of renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve the City’s resilience to the effects of climate change. SEM will lead implementation of the City’s Carbon Neutrality and Renewable Energy Action Plan unanimously approved by City Council in late 2021.
Position Overview & Description
The City of Durham is committed to doing its part to address the global climate crisis by decarbonizing City facilities and operations and creating innovation carbon reduction strategies in our community. In 2021, Durham was one of the first cities to commit to ambitious carbon neutrality and renewable energy goals through the Carbon Neutrality and Renewable Energy Action Plan (CNRE).
The City’s CNRE Action Plan has four main strategies:
1 Maximize energy efficiency in City buildings and operations
2 Expand renewable energy generation and procurement
3 Transition away from fossil fuels in City fleet and buildings
4 Establish innovative carbon reduction strategies and community partnerships
The SEI Climate Corps Fellow will play a key role in creating the systems and processes needed to make data-driven decisions to power this positive change. This role will be responsible for gathering, cleaning, and analyzing vast amounts of City energy data and then creating compelling reports and data visualizations to guide decision-making by identifying anticipated benefits, consequences and impacts of alternative system options. In other words, when we are asked to report progress towards our Carbon Neutrality goals, the Data Analyst will help us provide real answers and point us to opportunities to advance these goals even further.
• Data collection from various software tools and sub-metering data analysis for end-use accounting, energy, and water cost analysis
• Assist in the design and implementation of policies, plans and procedures for continuous monitoring of energy and water performance
• Report the energy/water performance/savings from energy conservation measures for new and existing facilities
• Maintain energy benchmarking database for a portfolio of buildings
• Deliver insights through data tables, charts, graphs, reports and presentations
• Responsible for evaluating the value and impact of various on-site renewable energy assets such as PV solar arrays, battery storage, micro-grids, and efficiency
• Analyze business case for transition to electric vehicles using a total cost of ownership model
• Quantify and communicate high-level performance indicators, such as total greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy generation, fleet fossil fuel use, building energy use, and cost savings
• Complete City of Durham greenhouse gas inventory using ICLEI
• Data analysis using Excel, Python or R
• Data visualization
• BUsiness and Financial modeling
• Business case development
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Outstanding interpersonal skills
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.