Wind Energy Workforce Researcher

National Renewable Energy Lab
Boulder, MD
United States
Job Description

Posting Title

Wind Energy Workforce Researcher



CO - Boulder


Position Type



Hours Per Week



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Job Description

NREL’s National Wind Technology Center located at our Flatirons Campus between Golden and Boulder, CO has an immediate opening for an early career researcher to support projects related to wind energy workforce. The successful candidate will work with an interdisciplinary team of experienced NREL researchers with a focus on informing stakeholders and reducing deployment barriers for land-based and offshore wind energy technologies.

This position will work with the internal team supporting a variety of programs, including the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office. They may also work collaboratively with other National Laboratories and industry and university partners.  The successful candidate will have prior experience in data collection and analysis, and an understanding of energy workforce challenges and development strategies.

More specifically, the successful candidate will support several projects including forecasting the workforce needs across multiple sectors of the U.S. wind industry, mapping occupational and skill requirements, evaluating the education and training requirements, assessing workforce gaps and opportunities, and providing recommendations on workforce development. Typical tasks may include:

  • Advise on research methods to further workforce analysis capabilities, such as developing workforce forecasting models.

  • Conduct research at the community, state, and national level with a focus on energy labor markets and trends.

  • Develop and administer survey instruments to collect energy workforce data and conduct analysis of results.

  • Contribute to and prepare reports, presentations, and group communications for internal and external stakeholders.


    Basic Qualifications

    Relevant Master's Degree . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 2 or more years of experience .

    * Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.

    Additional Required Qualifications

    • Existing ability or the aptitude to develop a clear understanding of the national energy workforce needs.

    • Interdisciplinary background with an understanding of the social and economic impacts of energy systems.

    • Demonstrated ability to work well within a team and independently with guidance from senior staff.

    • Strong interpersonal, conflict resolution, and teaming skills.

    • Highly detail oriented.

    • Exceptional communication skills.

    • Experience communicating results of work to a wide range of audiences and ability to prepare professional project communications that are appropriate for internal and external stakeholders.

    • Experience working directly with clients to identify needs and requirements for deliverables.

    • Experience in project delivery and task management.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Proficiency in the use of systems dynamics approach to model workforce systems.

    • Understanding of land-based or offshore wind energy technologies and trends.

    • Demonstrated knowledge of industry practices and workforce development strategies.

    • Prior experience or coursework in energy, economics, workforce planning and trends, or community planning, or stakeholder engagement.

    • Proficiency in tools such as Excel, Tableau, or other data analysis resources.


    Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

    Job Profile: Researcher II / Annual Salary Range: $71,300 - $117,600

    Benefits Summary

    Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short*- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement*. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.

    * Based on eligibility rules

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