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Category: Virginia Green Jobs

Green Job of the Day: Campaign Jobs (DC, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia)

Green Job of the Day is a feature of Green Collar Blog which highlights a job opening pertaining to environmental or social responsibility.  For today's edition we're spotlighting multiple jobs available at Grassroots Voter Outreach, which has jobs in DC, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Job – Field Organizer.  View description for the following locations:

MARC Green Consortium Releases Green Jobs Report and Website for DC, Maryland, and Virginia

Mid-Atlantic Regional Collaborative (MARC)

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Collaborative's (MARC) Green Consortium (a group of workforce and education leaders from DC, Maryland and Virginia) announced earlier this month the release of green workforce research reports and green job search resources at This project was funded through a $4 million competitive grant from the US Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The research reports, Green Data for a Growing Green Economy, include the following findings:

  1. The green economy represents an estimated $34.8 billion in terms of DC, Maryland, and Virginia's gross regional product or GRP;
  2. 8-9% of region's employers with more than one employee have green jobs;
  3. 235,600 green jobs exist in the region and that number is expected to grow by 12% in the next two years;
  4. 50% of green jobs were concentrated in the construction, technical services, and education/policy sectors although green jobs were found in 300+ industries;
  5. The greatest number of green jobs are in energy efficiency and energy conservation;
  6. Green growth is projected in construction, professional, scientific, technical services and support, and waste management services;
  7. 75% of the region's green employers offered on-the-job training (OJT) for workers;
  8. 6,500 green jobs were available at the time of the mid-2010 survey and most openings did not require a degree;
  9. Jobs requiring a BA degree or above accounted for 69% of green employment in DC, 23% in Maryland, and 26% inVirginia; and
  10. In DC, the largest gaps (shortages of trained applicants for green jobs) are in the life, physical and social science, architecture and engineering, and business and financial operations occupations while in Maryland and Virginia, the business and financial operations and computer and mathematical occupations are more heavily impacted. 

A range of resources for job seekers and employers are available on the website, including a job search tool, a list of education and training providers, and information on job market trends. 

Green Job of the Day: Director of Finance and Operations – Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring, Conservation International (Arlington, VA)

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

Job: Director of Finance and Operations – Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM)Organization: Conservation International
Location: Arlington, VA

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

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The Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Director of Operations and Finance leads the strategy and implementation of all operations, grants and financial aspects of the TEAM Network multi-institution partnership. This includes leading the development and implementation of all operational standards, for all TEAM Network activities, including those executed by international and local partners. The Director reports directly to the Vice President, TEAM Initiative and is responsible for ensuring compliance of all institutions with TEAM operational standards, as well as integration and compliance of TEAM partnership standards with CI standards and processes. This position supervises TEAM's operational staff members. This is a highly visible position that requires complex negotiation with internal and external partners and regular interaction with all levels of staff across the TEAM partner institutions.

The Director plays a key role in supporting the scientific integrity and expansion of the TEAM network, including: leading the development and analysis of alternative scenarios for the operational and financial expansion of the TEAM Network; leading the development of 5-year and 1-year joint, multi-institution workplans and budgets; leading development of budgeting and reporting processes for the partnership; and providing guidance and information to the TEAM Partnership Steering Committee, comrprising senior leadership of partner institutions, including CI. The Director oversees all aspects of TEAM financial management, including planning and modeling, budgeting, performance monitoring and overall financial management. (S)he oversees production of monthly, quarterly and annual grants and financial reports for TEAM. (S)he oversees management of all grants related activities, including reporting to donors and grantee reporting to TEAM/CI. The director ensures that requisite support for TEAM fund raising activities is provided. The Director ensures that TEAM is in compliance with all CI policies and procedures and donor legal, accounting and reporting standards and is the liaison to other administrative and operational teams in CI's Science and Knowledge Division, and to CI Finance, Human Resources and Operations groups.

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Virginia Green Jobs Fair to Take Place October 14

The Virginia Green Jobs Fair will take place on October 14 in Richmond, Virginia.  This event will provide job seekers with the opportunity to meet with representatives from companies and academic institutions and learn about services from the Virginia Employment Commission and the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (event agenda available here).

This event is free and open to the public (registration is recommended and available here).  This event will take place from 2:00 – 6:00 pm at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A, 403 N. Third Street, Richmond, VA.

This event is being held in conjuction with the Virginia Governor's Conference on Energy.

Sweetgreen to Hold Career Fair at Reston Town Center on August 26-27

Sweetgreen, a company that operates fast-casual restaurants in the Washington, DC area that emphasize sustainability and all-natural food, is hiring and will be holding a career fair at Reston Town Center.  The details:

When: Thursday and Friday, August 26 and 27
Time: 10am - 4pm
Where: Reston Town Center, 11935 Democracy Drive (next to Jackson's), Reston, VA

More information is available here.

Green Job of the Day: Sustainability Coordinator, Moseley Architects (Richmond, VA)

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

Job: Sustainability Coordinator
Organization: Moseley Architects
Location: Richmond, VA

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

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Moseley Architects, a well established 180-person architectural and engineering services firm, with six locations in Virginia and North Carolina, is devoted to providing design and construction administration services to public sector clients, focusing on buildings for higher education; K-12 education; government; as well as justice and public safety. Moseley Architects serves communities that expect well-designed buildings, which effectively meet their needs and support their goals. As such, the firm has responded with schools and collegiate buildings that enhance the educational experience; with courthouse architecture that conveys the central importance of the law; with government buildings that effectively promote the delivery of services to citizens; and with law enforcement and correctional buildings that facilitate protecting the public’s safety. Additionally, Moseley Architects has emerged as a leader in sustainable and high performance design. This accomplishment reflects a strong commitment to green design at the core of the firm’s practice.

We are currently seeking a Sustainability Coordinator to join our Sustainability + Design Team. This particular full-time employment opportunity is located in our Richmond, Virginia office. A Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, or related subject is required. Work experience in design or construction industries preferred. Proficiency in LEED® Green Building Rating System and the desire to work as part of a project team a must. For the position of Sustainability Coordinator, the successful candidate will exhibit a keen desire to stay current with state of the art “sustainable” design and construction strategies. Strong written and verbal communication skills are desired, along with the ability to successfully handle multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline-driven environment with little oversight. Can-do attitude and enthusiasm are necessary as is strict attention to details, organization, and the ability to work quickly and efficiently.

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Green Job of the Day: Executive Director, Appalachian Sustainable Development (Abingdon, VA)

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: Appalachian Sustainable Development
Location: Abingdon, Virginia

An excerpt of the job announcement follows below. The complete job announcement and application information is available here.

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Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) seeks an experienced, creative, visionary, and entrepreneurial leader to fill the position of Executive Director. The ideal candidate is a dynamic and flexible individual with a personal interest and investment in sustainable development. The candidate should additionally have a distinguished record in leading organizations and a history of working effectively within and across low-wealth communities, public institutions, and private business.

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Washington Metro Green Job Fair to Take Place on February 27, 2009

Washington Metro Green Job Fair

On February 27, 2009 the Virginia Sustainable Building Network and Green Careers Center will present the Washington Metro Green Job Fair.  Program highlights will include: 

  • Employers in the energy and environmental fields with both “hands on” and policy jobs.
  • Presentations on the new federal economic recovery initiatives and the potential for Green Job growth in Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland.
  • Ideas on job skills and academic background necessary for the new Green economy.

This event will take place from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm at the Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia (Near the Ballston Metro Station).  For more information:

2008 Tennessee Valley Corridor Southeast Partnership Event on November 24 to Highlight Green Jobs

On November 24th the 2008 Tennessee Valley Corridor Southeast Partnership Event will take place at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina.  This program is being organized and supported by key groups and leaders including the Tennessee Valley Corridor, Western North Carolina's AdvantageWest Economic Development Group, and Representatives Zach Wamp (R, TN) and Heath Shuler (D, NC). This conference will focus on the potential opportunity of green jobs and will include sessions on advanced transportation, biodiversity, climate change, and green technologies.

"We are very excited to be hosting such a unique partnership event here in Western North Carolina," said Dale Carroll, president and CEO of AdvantageWest Economic Development Group. "The Tennessee Valley Corridor is aligned with so many of the same initiatives and goals we have for our region and the many world-class science, technology, economic development and research partners and institutions here in Western North Carolina, and through this event, we look forward to sharing information and finding ways to work together for the benefit of both regions."

"The Tennessee Valley Corridor has hosted 19 regional and national economic development Summits throughout the Tennessee Valley and in Washington, D.C. over the past 13 years," said Tom Rogers, chairman of the Tennessee Valley Corridor Board of Directors. "We are excited to expand the reach of the Corridor events into Western North Carolina and to learn from one another and explore new ways to help solve the nation's energy and environmental challenges."

For more information:

“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

For more information:

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