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Arizona Clean Energy Workforce Development - Program Assistant

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ORGANIZATION: Arizona Sustainability Alliance

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***This is a Volunteer Role***

Arizona Clean Energy Workforce Development (AZCEWD) - Program Assistant

Arizona Sustainability Alliance (AZSA) Mission
To create and support cutting-edge, project-based sustainability solutions in Arizona

Programs Overview

  • AZSA has five priorities: Conservation, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Food Systems, Urban Forestry, and Cities
  • AZSA has many programs and projects across the five priorities

Vision and Mission - Renewable Energy Priority

  • Vision: Cultivate a sustainable energy culture shift where renewables are the norm in Arizona, not an afterthought
  • Mission: Demonstrate renewable energy in creative, innovative, and interactive ways through projects that incorporate community health, connectedness, and beautification

Mission - Arizona Clean Energy Workforce Development Program
To provide opportunities to youth from underserved communities to create educational and career pathways in the clean energy industry

Overview - Arizona Clean Energy Workforce Development Program
The Arizona Clean Energy Workforce Development program is focused on accomplishing two essential tasks for Arizona:

  • Providing job skills to students from disadvantaged communities
  • Meeting demand for the high-tech clean energy sector

By collaborating with disadvantaged school districts, public and private partners, and industry professional certification programs, this program will provide students with technical job skills in a variety of clean energy sector pathways. By empowering youth from these communities to acquire job skills in high-tech clean energy, this program aims to simultaneously address issues of equity and environmental justice.

The program will focus on clean energy workforce development in the following areas (aka Tracks):

  • Energy Management (current program)
  • Building Science (future)
  • Distributed Energy Resources Installation and Maintenance (future)
  • Adaptive Design for Resilience (future)

Students participate in a paid work experience and have the option to pursue a Micro-Certificate or industry certification to prepare them for an immediate transition into the clean energy workforce. After completing a two-year pilot with a small cohort of students in one track, the program will expand.

Role Purpose

  • Assist with administrative activities to support the success of all aspects of this program (design, implementation, and evaluation) by working with the Workforce Development Program Manager, AZSA volunteers, and program partners
  • This is a pilot 2-year program beginning June 1, 2021, through May 30, 2023, and is expected to continue and expand into multiple tracks across multiple schools and increase the number of participants

Responsibilities ( based on prioritization of needs and individual time commitment)

  • Conduct research on various aspects related to the program (ex., Clean energy industry trends in technology, industry workforce needs, educational training options, equity, inclusion, professional development, etc.)
  • Collaborate with the Workforce Development Program Manager and team to brainstorm ideas for current and future program tracks as it relates to educational pathways, job experience, program format, etc.
  • Attend team meetings to provide general updates about the program
  • Participate in trainings hosted by AZSA, or other organizations, as they relate to current or future program tracks
  • Assist with preparing or proofreading various program-related documents such as the monthly program newsletter, blogs, program manual, training materials, standard operating procedures (SOP), etc.
  • Be responsive to the Workforce Development Program Manager and the AZSA team
  • Report all progress and information back to the Workforce Development Program Manager

Ideal Skill Set and Qualifications

  • Background or high level of interest in clean energy (i.e., energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric vehicles, microgrids, etc.)
  • Education or work experience related to one or more of the following areas: Engineering, Sustainability, Teaching, Social Work, Technical Research, Creative Design, Technical Writing, Relationship Building, Workforce Development
  • Experience working with educators and youth
  • Experience cultivating and maintaining relationships with professional partners
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Intermediate or higher level experience with Microsoft Office and/or Google Workspace
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to draft professional written communication
  • Self-starter who can work independently and as a team member
  • Entrepreneurial; Enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish is a plus
  • Energy Manager in Training (EMIT) or Certified Energy Manager (CEM) Certification or similar industry certification is a plus

Time Commitment: Approximately 5-10 hours per week

All AZSA volunteer staff positions are remote, with periodic fieldwork and other necessary in-person activities specific to this position. While all volunteer staff positions are remote, this position requires the person to physically reside in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

Background Check
All offers of volunteer staff positions at Arizona Sustainability Alliance (AZSA) are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check.

Fingerprint Clearance Card
A valid Identity Verified Prints (IVP) Fingerprint Clearance Card through the Arizona Department of Public Safety is required.

To apply for this volunteer opportunity, email your cover letter and resume/cv to hr.volunteer@azsustainabilityalliance.com

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About Arizona Sustainability Alliance


8205 South Priest Drive #11962, Tempe, AZ 85284, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Arizona Sustainability Alliance is to create and support cutting-edge, project-based sustainability solutions in Arizona.


The Arizona Sustainability Alliance is a volunteer, non-partisan group committed to protecting our environment and promoting sustainable living through action and advocacy. Through

  • Civic engagement

  • Collaboration

  • Education
We empower Arizona citizens to work together toward more verdant, equitable and sustainable communities. We share a deep concern about catastrophic climate change, the future of our planet and the health and well being of generations to come.


Education & Literacy
Community, Education & Literacy, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.


Phoenix Metropolitan AreaPhoenix, AZ 85004



  • Program Management
  • Group Facilitation
  • Environmental Science
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Approximately 5-10 Hours Per Week
  • Include cover letter & resume - Volunteers applying for this position must be able to pass a background check and obtain a Fingerprint Clearance Card.

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