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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.

Community Environmental Council (CEC) is a Santa Barbara-based non-profit organization with a reputation for positive social change and community engagement. Since 1970, we have been a leader in creative solutions to our region’s toughest environmental problems.

The CEC team is a highly committed, energetic group that is known for organizing the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, the Green Gala, and campaigns to #ditchplastic, #gosolar, #driveclean, #driveless, and #rethinkfood. Visit and to learn more about our organization’s work.

Energy Program Internship Opportunity

Our Ideal Candidate Is:

  • Passionate about CEC’s mission and programs, and eager to learn about solar, energy efficiency, and sustainable transportation – particularly electric vehicles
  • Able to take initiative under general supervision, assume responsibility, prioritize, and resolve problems
  • A strong communicator, both written and verbal
  • Able to provide outstanding customer service and work cooperatively with a diverse array of stakeholders

Internship Functions & Responsibilities:

Become knowledgeable about solar

  • Research residential solar technologies
  • Become comfortable with discussing: energy units (watts/kW/MW), utility billing of solar customers (net energy metering (NEM), time of use time of use pricing, etc), power purchase agreements, escalator rates, string inverters, microinverters, warrantees, ground mount, roof mounts, battery systems, etc.

Solarize program Customer Support

  • Call Solarize leads, collect data, and input data using Salesforce as a lead management tool, and google sheets as a tracking tool
  • Provide solar education and guide customers through the Solarize process

Attend/Assist with Solarize Virtual Workshops

  • Attend virtual solar workshops to learn the program details, become comfortable with solar basics, assist with workshop implementation, field questions, and potentially lead portions of the workshops
  • Assist with marketing of virtual workshops
  • Assist with the planning of virtual workshops, watch parties, and other outreach events/activities

Maintain Solarize materials and website
On a weekly basis, check to make sure that the Solarize websites reflect current workshop offerings, and that other materials and calendars reflect up to date information.

Draft content for CEC publications, blogs, posts, press releases, and reports

  • Interview prior Solarize customers to develop case
    studies/testimonials from satisfied customers that we can share on the website
  • Develop blog and social media posts to highlight Energy Program activities and events
  • Support the development and editing of reports, publications, and press releases

Provide research and administrative support as needed

  • Research and track various energy and environmental policy matters at the local, state, and national level
  • Track progress toward program goals and provide information for reports

Job Status
Forecasted hours: 7-9 hrs/wk. All work will be remote. Intern must supply their own workspace, including computer, stable internet access, and cell phone to use for Google number. Intern will report to Energy Program staff. Preferred start date of ~July 20, preferred schedule of ~2 hours/day through October of 2020.

Compensation & Benefits
$12 per hour, no benefits.

To Apply:
Email resume and cover letter to April Price [email protected] by July 14, 2020.

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