Ecology Action
  • 29-Dec-2017 to 22-Jan-2018 (PST)
  • Engineering Services
  • Santa Cruz, CA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Ecology Action has an immediate need for a passionate Senior Energy Engineer to round out our dynamic team and support our growth in providing Energy Engineering Services to businesses in the Bay Area.

In this position, you will be responsible for supporting Ecology Action's engineering work including: field delivery of engineering services, design and review of engineering specifications, assisting with the evaluation of new energy efficiency technologies, program delivery and development, as well as securing and delivering direct customer engineering services.

Your expertise in the energy efficiency space will allow you to utilize engineering skills and experience to identify, provide conceptual designs, and implement energy solutions for small businesses, casinos, lodging facilities, municipal buildings, and other customer types. The Senior Energy Engineer will have the demonstrated capability of managing projects from concept to completion, meeting strict time constraints, and managing expectations of internal and external stakeholders.



  • Coordinate with Ecology Action program management team for the successful delivery of energy efficiency programs.
  • Support positive client and customer service engagement.
  • Analyze systems and processes with heat transfer, fluid dynamic and thermodynamic principals for energy efficiency improvements.
  • Evaluate commercial & industrial HVAC, mechanical, electrical, hot water and building envelope systems and components for energy efficiency.
  • Prepare energy savings calculation tools, energy models and data analyses for new measures and new proposals.
  • Perform and document energy audits, for commercial, institutional, municipal, lodging and residential customers using knowledge of utility data bases and HVAC equipment.
  • Develop simulated models using eQuest or other certified software's to quantify energy savings.
  • Develop and implement Measurement & Verification (M&V) plans to document realized energy savings.
  • Work with staff, manufacturers and consultants to develop work papers for new measures and refine existing work papers.
  • Work with staff to adopt new energy efficiency measures.
  • Traveling independently to customer locations in and around the San Francisco Bay area on a regular basis.


Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience 

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • with 7+ years' experience in code compliance, facilities/utilities engineering, or with industrial experience related to these systems:
    • process heating HVAC,
    • compressed air,
    • chilled water,
    • and steam and hot water generation and/or power generation systems.
  • Previous work experience in Retro-commissioning (RCx).
  • Formal training or experience with energy modeling software (e.g. eQuest).
  • Strong verbal communication, presentation, and technical writing skills.
  • Skilled in MS Office, with high proficiency in MS Excel.

 Desired Qualifications

  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • Certified Energy Manager
  • Licensed Professional Engineer
  • Knowledge of PG&E utility funded energy efficiency programs
  • Be familiar with and capable of using energy efficiency measuring tools and equipment (ie. PowerSight, Dent, data logger, flow hoods)
  • Electrical Qualified Worker status - through NFPA/OSHA, CPR and AED certification.
  • Knowledge of ASHRAE standards, IECC regulations and USGBC rating systems regarding energy efficiency
  • Proficiency in building and campus central plant designs, operating strategies, and equipment selections, especially with co-generation and advanced cooling and heating systems


Physical Demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, talk and hear, and use a computer keyboard and monitor.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment: The work environment is both office setting and offsite, including site audits which require access to rooftop areas via ladder and roof hatch, including centralized operating plant areas. 

Compensation: Ecology Action offers a competitive salary and a generous benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision and flexible spending benefits; a 401k-retirement plan with a 4% match; and group life insurance. Driving an insured personal vehicle on company business is required, and mileage reimbursement is provided at the Federal rate.

Ecology Action believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success and should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. This position description outlines primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but is not intended to be a comprehensive description of job responsibilities. We expect each employee to offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.

Ecology Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in its workforce. Candidates for this position must be legally authorized to work directly as an employee for any employer in the United States without visa sponsorship.

Ecology Action does not offer a company paid relocation program


More About Us

Ecology Action is an award-winning non-profit consultancy that provides innovative solutions to the energy, water, and transportation challenges of cities, governments, and utilities across California. We have four decades of experience helping people make simple yet profound changes that have big environmental impact.  We believe that when individuals and businesses make simple changes in their behavior they drive large scale changes that benefit people and the planet.  This translates into reduced carbon emissions, stronger businesses, healthier communities and a sustainable future for all.  Together, we help people, businesses and communities act now.



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