Florida Program Fellow
About Solar United Neighbors
Solar United Neighbors 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’re a national organization with programs in eleven (11) states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. Each state program promotes solar throughout its jurisdiction. The programs share three goals:
- Develop and scale solar energy projects within communities,
- Pass solar policies that expand the local solar market, and
- 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 organization is scaling rapidly, and our office is a fast-paced multi-faceted environment, ideal for someone who is looking to dive in and experience the workings of a dynamic and growing nonprofit organization.
About the Fellowship
We are seeking a Florida Program Fellow to support the solar deployment, advocacy and education work of SUN’s Florida program.
This is a 15 to 20 hour (flexible) per week fellowship intended for a minimum of 9 and up to 12 months. The opportunity may lead to a full time position contingent on funding and performance. Fellows may obtain college credit for this program or may opt for a monthly, living wage equivalent stipend of $1,500/month. Work hours can be flexible. All Solar United Neighbors fellowships are remote although there will be in-state travel and in-person events around the state the fellow is supporting. This opportunity is open to people of all educational backgrounds and work experience levels. For candidates without a high school diploma, some previous work experience is preferred. Candidates may be new to the field of solar and energy democracy.
The Program Fellow will support state program staff in their day-to-day implementation of solar co-ops and other deployment work, some regulatory advocacy campaigns and public outreach and education about solar issues. Solar co-ops are programs that help a large number of people in a given area select a reputable solar installer and go solar.
Fellows will gain a detailed knowledge of solar and energy policy in the state in which they serve, valuable experience engaging with diverse stakeholders on solar issues, and an understanding of SUN’s unique model for building a clean and equitable energy system.
Go Solar Programming to accelerate the adoption of solar:
- Support the planning and implementation of solar co-ops or similar Go Solar programs, which includes:
- Cultivating partner relationships, conducting public information sessions, communicating with and supporting solar co-op members, facilitating the installer selection process, and managing installer relationships with co-op members and SUN.
- Provide solar technical assistance by responding to inquiries, questions, and concerns of co-op participants
- Educate the public about solar, promoting solar co-ops and other SUN resources through tabling and presenting at community events with the goal of growing and engaging our network of co-op members and volunteers.
- Assist with ongoing low-and-moderate income (LMI) solar programs.
Advocacy and Education programming to advance solar rights
- Assist in mobilizing SUN supporters around solar advocacy campaigns.
- Participate in coalition meetings and coordinate with deployment partners.
The selected applicant(s) must have the following:
- Resident of Florida
- Ability to work remotely in an action-oriented environment, with occasional in-state travel.
- Access to a personal vehicle for in-state travel (SUN will compensate mileage driven in addition to the stipend)
- Enthusiasm for SUN’s mission to build a cleaner and fairer energy system with rooftop solar as the cornerstone
- Public speaking skills to articulate ideas and engage respectfully with diverse groups of people
- Spanish speaking helpful but not required
- Strong organizational, problem-solving, and troubleshooting skills
- Ability to work independently, cooperatively and effectively with the public, staff and volunteers. Strong ability to network, build trust, and build working relationships.
- Proficient computer skills, including comfort working with Microsoft Office and Google Workspace (Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Gmail, Meet, and other browser-based tools)
- The ability to multitask and self-manage their work, both on short and long-term projects
- The willingness to be flexible and nimble as the needs of a state program change and external opportunities arise
- A computer to work on throughout the fellowship and an internet connection that can support video chat
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Strong research skills
How to apply
Please submit your resume and a statement of interest to email@example.com and include “Florida Program Fellow” in the subject line.
We’re an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. SUN is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Solar United Neighbors welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds and experience to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and those with a non-traditional education.