Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), Vermont’s nonprofit renewable energy trade association, today announced a new tool for job seekers looking for sustainable local employment. REV’s new Clean Energy Resume Bank connects people who want to join Vermont’s energy revolution and climate economy with employers looking hire.
Dynapower CEO Adam Knudsen applauded the initiative. “It is an exciting time to be in clean energy. The demand for climate action coupled with technologies such as energy storage, green hydrogen, and e-mobility are driving incredible growth in the economy,” he said. “We are actively hiring in all segments of our business from those building the gear on our floor in South Burlington to mechanical, electrical, and controls engineers designing our gear not only in Vermont, but around the world. REV’s new Clean Energy Resume Bank will help us reach a talented pool of applicants to meet our employment needs, and broaden the impact of clean energy in the world.”
Missy Mackin, program manager at Vermont Works for Women, noted that “The Clean Energy Job Bank will be a great resource for equity-driven employers to connect with qualified candidates they might otherwise miss, including women who are looking to enter the trades. We’re excited to share the job bank with our program graduates!”
Vermont’s clean energy sector employs more than 18,900 people, representing 6.1% of the state’s workforce. REV’s Clean Energy Resume Bank provides a way for folks looking for a new job, to connect with employers looking to fill high-quality, full-time positions.
“This resume bank comes at just the right moment to help us meet the demand we are seeing in the marketplace for clean energy in Vermont,” said Karen Jernigan, VP of Sales and Marketing for PowerGuru located in Bennington County. “It will benefit both job seekers and employers by simplifying the process of matching people with meaningful work that helps our state achieve its climate goals. There are thousands of solar jobs in Vermont and, as Vermonters continue to demand climate action, this number will only grow.”
The Department of Labor points out that Vermont’s 2.9 percent official unemployment rate portrays a rosier economic picture than what actually exists. Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington has estimated that Vermont’s actual unemployment rate is in the 5 percent range, and may be as high as 6-8 percent. In March 2021, 30,000 fewer Vermonters were employed compared with the same month in 2020, before the full COVID shutdown—a 9 percent drop.
“Vermont’s renewable energy sector not only works hard every day to cut climate pollution and improve our communities, but notably grows the state’s economy and supports more than 18,000 families and workers through good jobs with benefits,” said Olivia Campbell Andersen, Renewable Energy Vermont’s Executive Director. “We invite anyone looking to join the growing climate economy to connect with Vermont employers through our new resume bank. By joining a REV member company, you’ll feel good everyday about the work you do.”
Individuals may submit their resume online at www.revermont.org/jobs/.