Construction Assistant

GRID Alternatives - Central Coast
Job Description

Construction Assistant, Atascadero, CA OR Salinas, CA

About GRID Alternatives

GRID Alternatives is the country’s largest nonprofit solar installer. GRID is an entrepreneurial, high-growth non-profit organization that provides renewable energy and energy efficiency services to low-income families. Through its flagship Solar Affordable Housing Program, GRID trains and leads teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar electric systems for low-income families and affordable housing providers, providing long-term savings for the people who need them the most. In turn, low-income families are able to use their long-term savings to pay for basic expenses, and expand their economic opportunity by employing the skills and training they gained through GRID’s workforce development programs, in the growing field of solar installation. GRID’s vision is a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone.

Based in Oakland, California, GRID has ten regional offices and affiliates serving all of California, Colorado, Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware; GRID also has staff on the ground in Nicaragua, Mexico and Nepal GRID has a dedicated staff of 330 and growing!?


Job Duties:

• Support the installations of solar electric systems with crews of volunteers and/or job trainees

• Conduct site evaluations to screen potential sites for solar access and to determine possible safety or engineering issues

• Put together permit packages and coordinate site inspections
• Train and mentor volunteers, job trainees as assigned in solar installation and other construction related activities

• Ensure that all solar installations are installed according to GRID Alternatives safety and quality standards

• Assist in warehouse and tool organization, fleet maintenance, construction logistics and systems implementation
• Other job duties include equipment purchasing, hardware store runs, equipment unloading and loading, answering homeowner and volunteer questions, talking to media and generally participating in activities necessary to make solar happen for low-income families

Every member of GRID Alternatives must participate in the organization's equity, inclusion, and diversity work.

Position Requirements:
• Experience with residential and/or commercial scale PV systems

• Ability to travel throughout target territory
• Excellent communication skills (ability to work with volunteers and clients, ability to represent GRID Alternatives positively to diverse populations)
• Ability to work both independently with minimal supervision and work effectively and respectfully within diverse teams

• Flexibility and willingness to embrace change, go the extra mile, and bring ideas and energy to rapidly growing organization

• Valid Driver’s license and clean driving record

• Extensive travel throughout the Central Coast region

• Some overnight travel


Preferred Qualifications:
• PV design experience

• NABCEP Certification

• Passion for sustainability, affordable housing, the environment, or environmental justice, or just generally grounded in making the world a better place

• Experience in training and/or working with volunteers
• Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Sketchup or AutoCAD

• Bilingual English / Spanish

• Ability to occasionally ascend/descend a ladder to service/work on solar installations

• Comfortable working in outdoor weather conditions?


Office Location/travel:

This position requires some travel to sites throughout the office territory and occasional out-of-town travel such as organization wide yearly staff summit regularly held in California. Availability to work nights and weekends maybe required. GRID Alternatives may provide vehicles for work travel and/or travel reimbursement for personal vehicle use, but applicant must hold a valid driver’s license and good driving record.


This is a full-time, non-exempt, salary commensurate with experience



Medical, Dental, Vision/Eye care insurance, generous 5 weeks paid time off, up to 10 paid holidays (2017), Commuter Checks, 403B retirement plan, Employee Assistance program, Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), STD&LTD, Employee Assistance Program, and yearly Professional Development funds to further education up to $600 and a healthy work life balance.

To Apply:
Submit both a resume and a one to two paragraph cover letter describing your interest online at online at, Due to the high volume of inquiries, please do not call or email the local office

GRID Alternatives provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

Women, the formerly incarcerated, and people of color are urged to apply.

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