Energy Efficiency Intern

Repowering London

Brixton, London

Volunteer • Part Time 020 3674 7519 Jack Dangerfield

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Energy Efficiency Intern  

1. About Repowering London

1.1. Repowering is a not-for-profit Co-operative organisation that specialises in creating local energy.

1.2. Creating local energy means that we adopt a community-led approach to delivering renewable energy projects that are owned by the community and provide benefits to local residents.

1.3. At Repowering, we are committed to working with Local Authorities and communities, developing local solutions to local energy related problems. Through our projects, we aim to:

  • Tackle fuel poverty and reduce exposure to energy price shocks
  • Generate decentralised renewable / low carbon energy;
  • Provide training and employment opportunities for local people;
  • Promote local leadership through community ownership, thereby empowering communities to take control of their energy generation and usage;
  •  Provide opportunities for local and socially responsible investment;
  • Increase awareness about energy efficiency and encouraging behaviour change.

1.4. Repowering has brought four community owned solar energy projects to completion on social housing estates in Brixton, London Borough of Lambeth and Homerton, London Borough of Hackney. Each project has been set up as a co-operative which has issued community shares. The installation of each set of panels has involved training programmes for young residents from the estates. Profits made from the sale of the renewable energy is used to pay an annual interest to the shareholders and fund a Community Energy Efficiency Fund which is used to provide training for the local residents in energy efficiency.

2. About the role

2.1. The Energy Efficiency Volunteer will join the small and dedicated Repowering Team that is helping community groups across London to improve and promote energy efficiency projects with the objective of eliminating fuel poverty in the city. The chief purpose of the role is to help residents develop an understanding of and take action on energy efficiency.

2.2. It will be mainly office-based with some time spent representing the organisation at external events and visiting residents in their homes.

2.3. The role is unpaid, however travel expenses will be reimbursed at cost. We can be flexible with regards to working hours, however our preference is for someone who is able to commit at least 2 days a week for 2-3 months. There may be the opportunity to extend this.

2.4. The role demands some level of involvement in all tasks, with a focus on providing administrative support for the Energy Efficiency Officer.

2.5. It is a great opportunity to gain invaluable experience in the community energy sector – the successful candidate will be able to benefit from first-hand experience of working on small-scale community energy projects, and will receive support to help them launch a career in the sector. This role therefore offers extremely valuable experience in a rapidly expanding sector of London’s sustainable development.

3. Main duties

  1. Providing advice both face-to-face and over the telephone to clients on taking measures to improve energy efficiency in their homes.
  2. Providing support for community engagement activities such as door knocking, preparing for meetings, workshops and events.
  3. Assisting with the collection and analysis of data for the monitoring and evaluation of projects.
  4. Assisting with communications such as producing briefs, flyers, blog posts, case studies, newsletters and content for social media.
  5. Additional ad-hoc duties as required. We operate a small team and all members are expected to be flexible in their focus and assist others when needed.

4. Skills/Experience

The preferred candidate will have the following abilities and aptitudes:

  1. Be a self-starter and able to work with little supervision.
  2. Good written and verbal communication skills.
  3. Good interpersonal skills and be comfortable picking up the phone or meeting a diverse cross sector of people.
  4. Have an understanding of and personal connection with the concerns and approach of voluntary community groups.
  5. Good understanding of renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency, and measures to improve energy efficiency in the domestic built environment.
  6. A personal commitment to environmental sustainability and strengthening communities.

5. Details

Location: Repowering Office, Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, Brixton, London SW9 9SP

Office and Equipment: The candidate is required to bring their own laptop. Access to the internet and a printer will be provided.

Pay/Expenses: This is an unpaid role. Expenses will need to be agreed in advance and will be reimbursed at cost against receipts.

How to apply: If you wish to apply for this position, please email your CV and a cover letter describing how you meet each of the criteria listed in the person specification above. Applications should be sent to:

Interviews: Those shortlisted will be invited to attend an interview at Repowering’s office in Brixton, London.

Repowering is committed to equality and fairness for all in our employment. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination and will not discriminate on grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, sexuality, religion or age.

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