Work-Trade Program

For over 20 years, SEI’s Work-Trade Program has enabled people to hone their renewable energy technology skills and improve their capabilities while helping to strengthen and grow SEI. In fact, the majority of our current staff were once work-traders!

CURRENT WORK-TRADE POSITIONS:

Executive Assistant – The Co-Founder of SEI Johnny Weiss is seeking an Executive Assistant. Now retired from SEI, Johnny is actively working on special projects that are in alignment with SEI’s mission. This worktrade position is for approximately 10-15 hours/ week for the duration of the trade. Though Johnny is based in Paonia, Colorado, USA, this position can be based remotely with occasional short intervals of work from Paonia. Applicants are required to have a personal face-to-face informal interview with Johnny. (Any travel will NOT be reimbursed).

These special projects include:

  1. Collaborating with USA non-profit organizations to help develop community-based solar training facilities on Native American reservations.  Visit http://www.lakotasolarenterprises.com/red-cloudrenewable-energy-center/ for more details on one specific program.
  2. Helping international and local NGO’s, technical experts and individual philanthropists develop a community-based solar microgrid project in the Maasai Village of Terrat, Tanzania East Africa.
  3. Other initiatives under development.

Applicants are encourage to visit www.johnnyweiss-solar.com for additional background information and overview of the past three years of this ongoing charitable work.

This position requires the following:

  1. A sincere desire to contribute to charitable solar projects
  2. The ability to work semi-independently and remotely
  3. Good oral and written communication skills
  4. Advanced computer and internet skills
  5. The ability to multi-task and work with a flexible schedule
  6. Excellent PPT and presentation skills

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

SEI offers its Work-Traders a credit equivalent to $15/ hour for each hour worked. You can trade up to 100% of the tuition of each class. We strive to have all of our work-traders complete their work portion before taking any workshops, so most work-traders work in the spring or early summer and then complete their workshops after that.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible to become an SEI work-trader you must:

  1. Due to Visa restrictions, you must be a resident of the US or Canada.
  2. Possess the skills for a position we seek to be filled. Remember, this is not an internship; it is a work-trade agreement in which we match our needs to your existing skills. Even so – you’ll probably end up learning a lot just by working with us! Please review our Work-Trade Policies Document below for more information.
  3. You must download an application and email it to our Work Trade Coordinator, Breccia Wilson (contact info listed below)
  4. Provide the contact information for (2) references – past employers, supervisors, professors, etc. (no family members please).
  5. Be available for a phone or in-person interview.
  6. Desired applicants are highly self-motivated, consistently willing to take initiative, require very little supervision, and are comfortable working hard in non-traditional, fun, social, and serious work environments.

Work-Trade Policies (download PDF)

Work-Trade Application Form (download and fill out Word doc)

Application Deadlines:

Applications are being accepted on on-going basis (when position openings are actively posted). Once a position has been filled we will remove it from the website. Please sign up for SEI’s e newsletter for the most up to date information on updates to our work-trade program and all of our great offerings, alumni, and renewable energy news.

Please email breccia@solarenergy.org with any questions!

 

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