Category Archives: Green Jobs

AR Energy Corps is Hiring!

The Arkansas Energy Corps initiative has 6 new positions available. All are in northwest Arkansas except for one position with Winrock International in Little Rock.

If you or someone you know are interested in further developing green collar job skills while facilitating energy-related projects, check out the newly updated Energy Corps website at: http://www.energycorps.org/arkansas/positions.php.

Applications are due by Friday, December 24, 2010.

The Arkansas Energy Corps AmeriCorps project is an initiative of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) in cooperation with The Corporation for National and Community Service that was created to address unmet community energy needs by promoting sustainable energy consumption and education, fostering community sustainability and helping to mitigate the effects of global climate change. Six Energy Corps members will be placed in host organizations in communities throughout the state to implement solutions for sustainable energy consumption.

For more information, visit www.energycorps.org/arkansas.

Audubon Arkansas is Hiring!

Audubon Arkansas is hiring!

Project Manager, NATIVE Initiative – Little Rock, AR

The Project Manager is responsible for local management of the NATIVE (Native Agriculture to InVigorate Ecosystems) program. Its goal is to increase participation of Socially Disadvantaged (SD) Farmers in USDA programs through a series of capacity building workshops that focus on integrating business and conservation planning. The NATIVE project is designed to help farmers incorporate income-generating activities that improve the environment, especially growing native warm season grasses (NWSG) and forbs for seed production.

Government Grants Management Specialist – Fayetteville, AR

The Government Grant Management Specialist for the Lower Mississippi Flyway will work closely with various levels of administrative and programmatic staff to provide effective and efficient financial government grant management and administration ensuing that the programs within this region are fulfilling all applicable compliance requirements.

Both positions are full-time. For more information, visit The National Audubon Society website at www.audubon.org/jobs.

In addition to the above positions, Audubon Arkansas has the opportunity to hire a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA position in the Northwest Arkansas Field Office. VISTAs volunteer for one year to help build the infrastructure of low-income and vulnerable community groups. They are placed with non-profits and get paid a small living stipend by the Federal Government, like a domestic Peace Corps.

VISTA Background Information:

VISTAs are full-time volunteers who are paid a living stipend by Americorps; equivalent to about $858 a month plus health coverage and college loan deferment.

VISTAs may not go to school full time or work other jobs of any kind.

VISTAs must make a one-year commitment, starting on the first day of service and ending 365 days later.

Americorps offers a bonus at the end of 1 year of service that is a choice of either a $5,350 education grant (for future school or past student loans); or a $1,500 cash award.

VISTAs must be used to build the infrastructure of your organization and low income communities and cannot be used as office administrators, laborers or to implement projects that don’t build the long-term capacity of your organization or low income communities.

VISTAs may not be involved in labor organizing, voter registration, voter mobilization, political campaigns or lobbying.

See
http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/vista.asp?gclid=CIP1_5GugJoCFRINDQodbmFjFA.

Position will be open until filled. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Michelle Viney, Audubon Arkansas, at mviney@audubon.org.

Pulaski Technical College Weatherization Center to Host Grand Opening Tomorrow

The Pulaski Technical College Weatherization Training Center will host a grand opening celebration Friday, October 29 at 10 a.m. on the main campus in North Little Rock. The event marks the opening of the new training center and also observes National Weatherization Day.

The event will include tours of the new training center, as well as remarks from U.S. Congressman Vic Snyder; North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays; Thomas Green, assistant director of the State Office of Community Services of the Arkansas Department of Human Services; Rose Adams, executive director, Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association; and representatives from Entergy Arkansas, Inc., Centerpoint Entergy and Pulaski Technical College.

Utilizing a $1.2 million U.S. Department of Energy grant, the new Pulaski Technical College Weatherization Training Center will be responsible for providing training for weatherization installers, auditors and technicians as well as weatherization crew chiefs and other “green” jobs relevant to efficient energy usage. The center will provide green job training for local workers in energy efficiency retrofitting and weatherization services, enabling skilled workers to expand the use of energy efficient practices in the state’s homes and businesses.

“The Arkansas Department of Human Services–Weatherization Assistance Program has provided leadership in weatherization work in Arkansas for many years, and they have been an indispensible partner in this endeavor,” said Mary Ann Shope, vice president for economic development at Pulaski Tech. “The new training center will provide our workforce with most up-to-date training available in Arkansas.”

Beginning in 2011, Pulaski Tech will work with other state agencies and colleges to train workers across the state with a mobile weatherization training lab equipped with an array of training modules similar to those at the Pulaski Tech site.

Prior to October 29, 2010, only twelve Weatherization Training Centers existed in the United States. The opening of the WTC at Pulaski Technical College marks the thirteenth Weatherization Training Center, and the first in the United States in a community college.

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant funds to support America’s commitment to a clean energy future, including $5 billion to significantly ramp up the pace of weatherization in the United States. Nationally, the training programs will support a range of public and private energy efficiency efforts, including the Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which has already funded the weatherization of nearly 200,000 homes since last February, using both Recovery Act and annual program funds.

About Weatherization Day

Weatherization Day was conceived as a means to focus local, state, and national attention on the program and the work being performed by the workforce that provides weatherization assistance to low income families is known as the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) network.

Capitalizing on the Department of Energy’s declaration of October as Energy Awareness Month, Weatherization Programs across the country endeavor to raise the public’s awareness of the work done every day.

Tuesday To-Do: Growing Arkansas’ Green Economy Conference

Arkansas can no longer afford business as usual. The Growing Arkansas’ Green Economy Conference faces this challenge and brings together the brightest innovators leading the growth of the new green economy in the state.

Join Pulaski County Brownfields Program and other partners on Tuesday, October 26 in North Little Rock to forge new strategic partnerships and get the inside view on the current trends and technologies. Explore the latest in sustainability strategies and best practices, and lead your organization to success.

Speakers include:

  • Carlton Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Full Spectrum
  • John Coleman, Sustainability Director, City of Fayetteville
  • Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President, Philander Smith College
  • Scott Reed, Reed Realty Advisors
  • Rev. Malik Saafir, Chair, Environmental Justice Committee, Village Commons
  • Ragan Sutterfield, Founder, Felder Farm
  • Jasmin Moore, Planner, Metroplan

Yours truly, along with Jasmin Moore with the Metroplan and Melinda Glasgow with the City of Little Rock, will conduct a workshop in the morning and afternoon.

Conference registration is free. RSVP by visiting here.

For more information, please contact the Pulaski County Brownfields Office at (501) 340-6157 or visit: https://sites.google.com/site/gageconference/home.

Register for Growing Arkansas’ Green Economy Conference

Arkansas can no longer afford business as usual. The Growing Arkansas’ Green Economy Conference faces this challenge and brings together the brightest innovators leading the growth of the new green economy in the state.

Join Pulaski County Brownfields Program and other partners on Tuesday, October 26 in North Little Rock to forge new strategic partnerships and get the inside view on the current trends and technologies. Explore the latest in sustainability strategies and best practices, and lead your organization to success.

Speakers include:

  • Carlton Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Full Spectrum
  • John Coleman, Sustainability Director, City of Fayetteville
  • Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President, Philander Smith College
  • Rev. Malik Saafir, Chair, Environmental Justice Committee, Village Commons
  • Ragan Sutterfield, Founder, Felder Farm
  • Jasmin Moore, Planner, Metroplan

Conference registration is free. Please RSVP by October 12, 2010, by visiting here.

For more information, please contact the Pulaski County Brownfields Office at (501) 340-6157 or visit: https://sites.google.com/site/gageconference/home.

Saturday To-Do: Energy Corps Jobs Fair in Fayetteville

Join the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) for an Arkansas Energy Corps Jobs Fair, tomorrow between 10 a.m. to noon at the Fayetteville Public Library (401 W. Mountain) in Fayetteville. The Arkansas Energy Corps AmeriCorps project is an initiative of the NCAT in cooperation with The Corporation for National and Community Service that was created to address unmet community energy needs by promoting sustainable energy consumption and education, fostering community sustainability and helping to mitigate the effects of global climate change. Thirteen Energy Corps members will be placed in host organizations in communities throughout the state to implement solutions for sustainable energy consumption. Pre-interview with the Energy Corps host organizations to discuss positions. Apply online instantly in the computer lab for the position(s) you like.

Can’t make it to Fayetteville this weekend? Apply for the positions online by clicking here.

For more information, visit www.energycorps.org/arkansas.

Hurry! Register for 1st Annual Going Green in the Delta Expo

WHAT: 1st Annual Green Expo: Going Green in the Delta

WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, August 26-28

WHERE: Phillips Community College (1000 Campus Drive) in Helena-West Helena

The greening of business, development, government and consumer products and services has only just begun in the Arkansas Delta. Rising energy costs, new laws, and growing demand for environmentally friendly consumer products and services will continue to drive the green marketplace. The Going Green in the Delta Expo will provide an exciting opportunity for green leaders in the Delta from all levels of Arkansas government, business and industry, and education to take stock of the progress of the green economy, identify commonalities across sectors, and map out goals for a greener, healthier future.

Through speaker presentations, workshops, and hands-on weatherization event, participants will learn why going green is important to Delta communities.

Expo objectives are to:

  • Promote open dialogue about best practices for a green economy in the Delta
  • Showcase energy efficiency green entrepreneurship and products/ services
  • Enhance visibility of green businesses in the Delta and their contribution to the merging economy
  • Raise awareness of green job training opportunities and grant opportunities.
  • Create networking opportunities for those interested in growing green strategies in the Delta

The Going Green in the Delta Expo will kick off on the evening of Thursday, August 26 with homegrown talent Phillip Stackhouse and his jazz-blues ensemble providing music.

On Friday, August 27, featured speakers include Jerome Ringo, former president of Apollo Alliance, Dr. Eric Olson, author of Better Green Businesses, and Martha Jane Murray with Clinton Climate Initiative, as well as other state and local presenters. Expo workshops will include such topics as green jobs and training opportunities, weatherization and energy efficiency, and information on rebates and tax credit opportunities.

On Saturday, August 28, expo attendees have an opportunity to weatherize Wofford Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

It is a full day of excitement that will inspire all to go green in the Delta!

To register to attend the expo, visit www.argreendelta.com.

For more information, contact Jake Coffey at argreenexpo@gmail.com or call (501) 526-5570.

Hosted by Office of Community-Based Public Health, College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, Boys Girls Adults Community Development Center, Walnut Street Works/Tri County Rural Health Network, National Wildlife Federation, Audubon Arkansas, Arkansas Interfaith Power & Light, Clinton Climate Initiative, U.S. Green Building Council – Arkansas Chapter, Village Commons, Mid Delta Community Services, Arkansas Clean Energy Works Coalition, and the Green Jobs and Houses for Healthy Families VISTA Project.