Florida Pensacola Solar Co-op Outreach Liaison

Solar United Neighbors (SUN) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a clean, equitable, resilient energy system that benefits everyone. We are building a clean energy movement by helping people go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights.

We run twelve programs: DC, MD, VA, WV, MN, OH, FL, TX, CO, IN, AZ and PA. Each state program promotes solar throughout its jurisdiction. The programs share three goals:

  1. Develop and scale solar energy projects within communities,
  2. Pass solar policies that expand the local solar market, and
  3. Build a community of clean energy advocates across political fault lines.

At Solar United Neighbors, we believe that all of us have a stake in a future where every community participates in the financial benefits of our energy grid’s ongoing diversification from big central plants and passive consumers to a wider mix of distributed production & renewable energy. 

Our Florida team is driving a full paced program of rooftop solar adoption and solar co-op cohorts in 2022. This position is ideal for someone with community connections looking to dive in and experience the workings of a dynamic and growing non-profit organization while gaining an introduction to rooftop solar and community outreach.

About the position: Solar United Neighbors of Florida seeks a Solar Co-op Outreach Liaison to provide support for the Florida Solar Co-op in the Pensacola area.

The position’s goal is to expand awareness of Solar United Neighbors and rooftop solar generally, and the Pensacola Solar Co-op specifically. We strive to reach more people, educate new populations in the community, and recruit homeowners interested in installing rooftop solar to sign up for the Pensacola Solar Co-op. Other goals are to build your skills and experience while connecting you to organizations that may support your interests and/or career. This is a fast paced, short-term project where you will work remotely with the Gulf Coast Program Associate, dedicated partners, neighborhood volunteers and SUN members to expand awareness of the SUN Co-op program in the Pensacola community. 

Projects may include but are not limited to:

  • Recruit potential partners and outreach channels for our solar co-ops
  • Research community calendars and post about SUN events
  • Connect with solar constituency groups including homeowners and businesses
  • Create engaging Facebook/listserv/social media/blog posts, emails for co-op promotion
  • Support volunteers, provide outreach materials (flyers, yard signs, door hangers)
  • Run call/text campaigns to recruit folks for event attendance
  • Reach out to solar co-op participants to support them as they go solar
  • Assist with ad hoc communications and support marketing projects
  • Collect solar stories from solar co-op participants through video, photos, written word and/or site visits
  • Attend virtual tabling events (meetings, webinars, club presentations) or other event engagement opportunities (Farmer’s markets, workshops, flyering)
  • Monitor and develop educational materials about policy developments related to solar
  • Assist with pitching stories to media

 

The Solar Co-op Outreach Liaison will be invited to attend virtual educational presentations and will learn about rooftop solar PV. They will have the opportunity to participate in engagement training.

 

Candidates should be comfortable working with Microsoft office, social media, Google Drive platforms. Confidence and comfort speaking with homeowners and organization leaders preferred. We’re looking for someone who is curious, organized, upbeat to bring fresh ideas or tried and true outreach success. Strong written and verbal communication skills are a huge plus. The intern should have their own computer to work on throughout the position and access to transportation if needed for outreach. Candidates should be located in Pensacola, FL and ideally, are homeowners in the area. We encourage non-traditional candidates to apply. 

 

This is a paid 8-10 hour (flexible) per week internship intended for late 2021 – 2022. Ideally starting in Nov 2021 through May 2022. This internship will be paid a stipend of $3,000 for the internship period. College-level interns may obtain college credit for this internship. At this time, all Solar United Neighbors internships are remote with local outreach opportunities reviewed on a case by case basis with safety as our top priority.

 

To Apply: Please submit your resume and a statement of interest to [email protected] and indicate that you are applying for the “FL Pensacola Solar Co-op Outreach Liaison” position.