Environmental Educator -- PowerSave Schools Local Project Leader (NJ)

The Alliance to Save Energy seeks a part-time, hourly Local Project Leader to implement the PowerSave Schools Program in approximately 23 schools within New Jersey Natural Gas Service Territory. The nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy (www.ase.org) promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.

The PowerSave Schools Program is a nationally recognized, comprehensive energy education program for K-12 schools. The program utilizes a curriculum correlated to state and national learning standards, to:

  • Teach energy topics (energy basics, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, and green careers)
  • Enhance project-based, real-world learning, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), using buildings as living laboratories.
  • Engage students as advocates for energy efficiency in their schools, home and communities
  • Build pathways to green careers.
  • Save energy and lower school energy costs through no-cost behavior and operational changes, to achieve average annual savings between 5 and 15 percent.

The Local Project Leader will work closely with a core school team of teachers, administrators, custodians, and students to integrate energy education into their classroom learning, carry out energy- savings projects at school, and take the energy efficiency message home and into the community.

Specific Local Project Leaders duties include:

  • Work with 23 schools and their teams (teachers, administrators, custodians and students) to coordinate and implement PowerSave Schools deliverables
  • Train school teams to use program resources, including an energy audit tool kit, program computer-based tools, and a Road Map Guide with lesson plans and activities
  • Coordinate monthly in-person school visits with school teams to provide additional resources, guidance, and/or troubleshoot challenges
  • Work with school teams to develop and carry out their energy savings plan
  • Coordinate and facilitate district-wide meetings
  • August/September: All-day professional development workshop for school teams
  • January/February: Mid-Year meeting to convene all school teams
  • May/June: End-of-Year Celebration to reward students, teachers, custodians, and schools for their work during the school year
  • Coordinate with Alliance staff and fellow Local Project Leaders
  • Attend weekly conference calls to share best practices and troubleshoot obstacles in implementing the program.
  • Coordinate with New Jersey Natural Gas and Sustainable Jersey staff to
  • Raise awareness about initiatives that are being offered by NJNG and SJ in conjunction with the PowerSave Program
  • Report on progress
  • Obtain and track program metrics
  • Provide clear and detailed monthly activity reports
  • Promote and implement additional program resources: Student Energy Audit Training (SEAT) course (middle/high schools), Energy Hog assemblies (elementary)
  • Other activities as opportunities develop throughout the program

Required Qualifications:

  • A self-starter with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision, while also being a strong team player
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, good time management and detail oriented
  • Ability to manage and prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Meeting facilitation and presentation experience
  • Experience working in schools
  • Basic skills and experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Google Documents
  • This is a remote position. Candidates must have their own vehicle and home office complete with phone, computer and printer. Mileage will be compensated based on the current federal mileage rate of $0.535/mile.

Desired Qualifications

  • Teaching experience or other experience working with K-12 students
  • Familiarity with schools in the state of New Jersey
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Knowledge in the energy field, and energy efficiency in particular
  • Applicants willing to commit to a minimum 1-2 year tenure
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Excel




Please submit a cover letter and resume in a single file.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled. Anticipated start date is July 10th. 



This is an independent contractor position and does not create an employer-employee relationship between the Alliance and the candidate; the selected candidate will not be eligible to participate in any employee benefit plan of the Alliance. This is a grant-funded position, to end July 2018, with continuation dependent on grant renewal.