Green Collar Conservation Careers
Green Collar Conservation Careers create a new category of Demand
Planning that recruiting career specialists haven't understood very
well. As a result typical job titles and descriptions are often
well disguised on internet job boards and other job advertisements.
There are several independent ad-hoc agencies that provide
certifications of one form or another for inspectors, auditors and
engineers seeking Green Collar Conservation Careers.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green
Building Rating Systemô is a third-party certification program and
claims to be the nationally accepted standard certification.
LEED has various levels of certification and requires minimal training
at fairly expensive rates. Plan on spending about $500 for each
of the 3 modules. Classes are not often scheduled in a
convenient location so you may need to travel up to 500 miles to
attend each class. Most employers who advertise a LEEDS
Certificate requirement will accept alternative certificates or
experience. In our experience LEED is more focused to sell
building products then it is for a cost effective consumer experience.
Part of the federal government Economic Stimulus Package includes
over $50 billion for conservation and renewable energy funding for
Commercial and Industrial Green Collar Conservation Careers
Note that the actual job titles may not match advertised jobs as
there are no uniform standards across the industry with these career
Building Auditor - Identifies structural insulation
factors and takes an inventory of all the energy consuming devices.
May operate test equipment to measure temperatures, illumination
levels, airflow, air leakage, thermal leakage, current draw and
building layout. May generate Building Efficiency Rating
Report. Requires the ability to climb ladders, carry up to 35
Lbs, PC proficiency and up to 50% 1-2 day travel. Salaries
range from $35000 - $60000 depending on the level of technical
knowledge of buildings and structures.
Building Efficiency Engineer - Able to perform all of the
Building Auditor tasks plus; analyze details from Building
Efficiency Rating Report and recommend component changes with
accurate estimates for cost savings required component costs.
Capable of specifying equipment and all support materials.
Capable of programming any devices recommended for installation.
Capable of preparing customer operational documentation package.
Salaries range from $40000 - $70000 depending on technical skills.
Building Efficiency Project Manager - Able to perform all
of the Building Efficiency Engineer tasks plus; installation
estimates, project scheduling, resource tracking, project costing,
and customer facing skills. Salaries range from $55000 -
$90000 depending on negotiation and technical skills.
Residential Green Collar Conservation Careers
Home Auditor - Similar to Building Efficiency Engineer
above. Salaries range from $35000 - $55000 depending on
Home Energy Consultant - Similar to Building Efficiency
Project Manager above. This is an entrepreneurial position
(self employment). In addition, you will need to identify a
set of qualified contractors who can install basic materials such as
door seals and insulation. Your job will be to perform the
audit and advise the customer, and set up any services required.
Generally Home Energy Consultants earn between $300 and $500 a day.