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Category: Oregon Green Jobs

Green Job of the Day: Executive Director, Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council (Lincoln City, OR)

Green Job of the Day is a feature of Green Collar Blog which highlights a job opening pertaining to environmental or social responsibility.

Job: Executive Director
Organization: Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council
Location: Lincoln City, OR

An excerpt of the job announcement follows below. You can review the complete job announcement here.

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This is a position which requires a wide range of skills, including the following experience and characteristics:

  • Successful leadership experience, preferably working with a non-profit organization.
  • A proven track record in fundraising and development, cultivating donors, continuing our project based grants and ensuring the financial integrity of the organization.
  • Experience leading and working hand in hand with a committed Board of Directors.
  • Dynamic and energetic.
  • Successful program/project management and contract oversight experience
  • Comfort with using or learning a range of computer programs including GIS and database management.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, including being the public face of the organization.
  • Finds satisfaction in developing new partnership with community and governmental agencies.
  • Oversight of all fiscal aspects of a small non-profit including preparing annual budgets, monitoring expenses, financial grant reporting and meeting financial goals.
  • Volunteer recruitment and oversight experience.

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Green Job of the Day: Executive Director, Cascade Pacific Resource Conservations & Development (Tangent, OR)

Green Job of the Day is a feature of Green Collar Blog which highlights a job opening pertaining to environmental or social responsibility.

Job: Executive Director
Organization: Cascade Pacific Resource Conservations & Development
Location: Tangent, OR

An excerpt of the job announcement follows below. You can review the complete job announcement here.

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The Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of Cascade Pacific Resource Conservations & Development, Inc (CPRCD) as a 501(c)3, including fundraising, organizational growth, providing oversight, direction and management to CPRCD staff and building partnerships and networks to expand CPRCD projects and programs in areas currently underserved. Duties of the Executive Director are separate but complimentary to those of the NRCS Coordinator with whom a strong team leadership partnership is necessary to achieve the goals and success of CPRCD Programs. The Executive Director will also work closely with the Board and Staff to provide support to all operations of CPRCD and to monitor its position in the local and national market. S/He will work to ensure the Board and staff are acting and making decisions according to the strategic directions established with the Board and NRCS strategic plan and will work in partnership with the RC&D Coordinator to ensure that all aspects of the NRCS annual area work plan and strategic plan are met. The Executive Director should provide leadership and support in project development, fundraising, organizational capacity building, and outreach to the community

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Green Job of the Day: Energy Specialist I / II, Columbia River PUD (Deer Island, OR)

Green Job of the Day is a feature of Green Collar Blog which highlights a job opening pertaining to environmental or social responsibility.

Job: Energy Specialist I or Energy Specialist II
Organization: Columbia River PUD
Location: Deer Island, Oregon

An excerpt of the job announcement follows below. You can review the complete job announcement here. The application deadline is 5:00 pm on June 24.

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Columbia River PUD is a progressive, financially sound rural utility with a well maintained electrical system and excellent benefits. The utility serves 18,000 customers with state of the art technology including TWACS, SCADA and GIS systems. Located along the Columbia River 45 minutes north of Portland, our community offers good schools, beautiful countryside and exceptional outdoor recreation.

Columbia River PUD is currently seeking to fill a full-time position for an Energy Specialist I or Energy Specialist II. This position will provide marketing, sales, customer and technical support to the Energy Services Department for residential, commercial, and government customers to support PUD energy efficiency and renewable energy goals. This position requires an AA/AS in Energy Management or energy related field; a BA/BAS in Energy Management or energy related field; or the combination of education and experience that would enable performance of the full scope of the position.

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Urban League of Portland’s Career Connections Fair To Take Place on April 21

The Urban League of Portland will present its annual Career Connections job fair on April 21st, with the theme of "Bridges to Sustainable Jobs."  This event will take place from 10 am – 4 pm at the World Trade Center 2, 121 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97204.  This event will include panel sessions on topics including "Opportunities in Renewable Energy" and "Where Are the Green Jobs?" and the opportunity to meet with representatives of employers from Oregon and Washington.

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Portland Green Jobs Fair to Take Place on March 27

On March 27th, the Green Jobs Fair at the Energy Trust Better Living Show will take place in Portland, Oregon. This event is open to the public and will take place at the Portland Expo Center from noon – 4:00 PM. Organizations that will be participating in the fair include:

A green career seminar will also take place after the job fair, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm (more details).  For more information:

Governors of 12 States Send Letter to President Obama Requesting Energy and Climate Strategy Meeting

On January 29th, twelve state governors sent a letter to President Obama, requesting "a meeting with you and your energy and environment cabinet and staff to develop a partnership that uses the positive momentum ofour states' climate leadership to build a truly comprehensive American energy and climate strategy for the new century."

The full text of the letter follows below (a PDF version of the letter is also available).


Office of the Governors

January 29, 2009

The President
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

In your message to the Governors' Global Climate Summit in November, you spoke ofa new chapter in America's leadership on climate change. You stated that "delay is no longer an option" and "denial is not an acceptable response." You offered that "any governor willing to promote clean energy will have a partner in the White House." As governors ofstates that have been proactive on climate change and clean energy issues, we welcome the opportunity to take you up on that offer. We ask to meet with you and your energy and environment leadership team as soon as possible to forge a new, dynamic partnership ofstate, local and federal leaders that will be critical to addressing climate change and leading our country toward a clean energy economy.

It is crucial that we build on our states' momentum. In the absence of federal leadership, we led the way in building an American climate change and clean energy policy from the ground up. Working with local communities and private businesses, we've pursued policies that focus on green jobs, renewable energy, alternative fuels and energy efficiency to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change.

We believe a successful national program will build on the work our states have done so far and will follow the same principles that guided our efforts. Specifically, it should:

  • Set ambitious goals to achieve national emission reductions to avoid dangerous
    interference with the climate system.
  • Couple market mechanisms, such as an economy-wide cap-and-trade program, with flexible perfonnance standards and incentives for developing and deploying clean, efficient, low-emission technologies.
  • Use the value inherent in emissions allowances to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy and take advantage of the states' expertise in energy efficiency, renewable energy deployment, green job creation and assistance to municipalities and less advantaged, vulnerable populations so that all citizens can reap the benefits of a sustainable clean energy future.
  • Preserve and enhance state and local authority to continue implementing innovative measures and programs that further reduce greenhouse gas emissions within their jurisdictions.
  • Recognize the value of private investments made under existing state and regional capand-trade programs and ensure that state clean energy programs funded by the auction of allowances issued under those programs are preserved.

We applaud your call to enact a strong and effective federal climate and clean energy policy, and we are committed to helping develop a policy that harnesses the experience, efficiency and creativity of programs at the local, state and regional levels. To this end, we write to request a meeting with you and your energy and environment cabinet and staff to develop a partnership that uses the positive momentum ofour states' climate leadership to build a truly comprehensive American energy and climate strategy for the new century. We look forward to working with you.


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Governor M. Jodi Rell

Governor Charlie Crist

Governor Kathleen Sebelius

Governor Martin O'Malley

Governor Deval Patrick

Governor Jon S. Corzine
New Jersey

Governor Bill Richardson
New Mexico

Governor David Paterson
New York

Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski

Governor Christine O. Gregoire

Governor Jim Doyle

The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
The Honorable Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
The Honorable Stephen Chu, Secretary of Energy
The Honorable Nancy Sutley, Chairwoman of the Council on Environmental Quality
The Honorable Lisa Jackson, United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
The Honorable Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change

Green Job of the Day: Jobs at the Oregon Department of Energy

Green Job of the Day is a feature of Green Collar Blog which highlights a job opening pertaining to environmental or social responsibility.

Jobs: Multiple positions available
Organization: Oregon Department of Energy

The Oregon Department of Energy currently has a number of job announcements posted including an Energy Analyst.  Note that a number of these jobs have closing dates in the next few days.

“Carbon-Free Prosperity 2025” Report Highlights Potential for Green Jobs in Oregon and Washington

Earlier this month Clean Edge and Climate Solutions released a report Carbon-Free Prosperity 2025 that highlights the challenges and opportunities for Oregon and Washington to become leading centers for clean energy and energy efficiency.  The report also includes recommendations for action and outlines some of the benefits of these strategies, including the potential to create apporoximately 63,000 new jobs in the Pacific Northwest by 2025 in the following areas:

  • Solar PV Manufacturing: Up to 22,560 new jobs
  • Wind Power Development: Up to 6,000 new jobs
  • Green Building Design Services: Up to 16,834 new jobs
  • Sustainable Bioenergy: Up to 10,419 new jobs
  • Smart-Grid Technologies: Up to 7,000 new jobs.

“Clean energy is increasingly identified as the sector with the largest growth potential in the U.S. economy, and offers the best promise of meeting the twin challenges of economic and environmental decline,” said Ron Pernick, Clean Edge cofounder and managing director and report coauthor. “This report is a case study for how the Pacific Northwest region can seize a leadership role in the clean-tech economy.”

“To spark a real economic recovery, we need to repower America, and this region should be at the forefront,” said Rhys Roth, Climate Solutions’ Director of Strategic Innovation. “This report is a blueprint for how the region can become a global leader in clean technology – creating family-supporting jobs, regaining control of our energy future, and delivering real climate solutions.”

The report can be downloaded by clicking the image below:

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“Job Opportunities for the Green Economy” Report Provides Data for 12 States

In June, a report entitled Job Opportunities for the Green Economy was released.  This report includes employment and wage data in 12 states for jobs related to the following green sectors – building retrofitting, mass transit, fuel-efficient automobiles, wind power, solar power, and cellulosic biomass fuels.  The specific jobs examined in each sector are:

Building Retrofitting – Electricians, Heating/Air Conditioning Installers, Carpenters, Construction Equipment Operators, Roofers, Insulation Workers, Carpenter Helpers, Industrial Truck Drivers, Construction Managers, Building Inspectors

Mass Transit – Civil Engineers, Rail Track Layers, Electricians, Welders, Metal Fabricators, Engine Assemblers, Production Helpers, Bus Drivers, First-Line Transportation Supervisors, Dispatchers

Energy-Efficient Automobiles – Computer Software Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Engineering Technicians, Welders, Transportation Equipment Painters, Metal Fabricators, Computer-Controlled Machine Operators, Engine Assemblers, Production Helpers, Operations Managers

Wind PowerEnvironmental Engineers, Iron and Steel Workers, Millwrights, Sheet Metal Workers, Machinists, Electrical Equipment Assemblers, Construction Equipment Operators, Industrial Truck Drivers, Industrial Production Managers, First-Line Production Supervisors

Solar Power – Electrical Engineers, Electricians, Industrial Machinery Mechanics, Welders, Metal Fabricators, Electrical Equipment Assemblers, Construction Equipment Operators, Installation Helpers, Laborers, Construction Managers

Cellulosic BiofuelsChemical Engineers, Chemists, Chemical Equipment Operators, Chemical Technicians, Mixing and Blending Machine Operators, Agricultural Workers, Industrial Truck Drivers, Farm Product, Purchasers, Agricultural and Forestry Supervisors, Agricultural Inspectors

State-specific data is presented for Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

In this report “green jobs” are defined as occupations that contribute toward building or producing goods to achieve a ‘green’ marketplace.  In addition, it links the idea that green jobs should be sustainable employment opportunities — that is, jobs that pay at least a living wage, offer training and promotional opportunities and some measure of security.

The report was authored by Robert Pollin and Jeanette Wicks-Lim of the Department of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and commissioned by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). It was released in cooperation with the Green Jobs for America Campaign, a partnership of the Sierra Club, Blue Green Alliance, United Steelworkers, NRDC and with the Center for American Progress and Green for All.

Job Opportunities for the Green Economy

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