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Energy Program Student Intern



The Building Energy Benchmarking Program of the State of California Energy Commission mandated owners of buildings larger than 50,000 sq. ft. to report energy usage data using Energy Star Portfolio Manager (ESPM). This benchmarking requires obtaining energy usage data from utilities, reporting in ESPM, and submitting the data to the California Energy Commission on an annual basis. The County of Sacramento is seeking a student intern with a keen interest and passion for analyzing utility resource usage focusing on energy & water benchmarking of county-owned buildings and facilities.

The position requires thought leadership and analytical skills to develop and advocate for energy & water efficiency solutions to achieve the County’s utility resource conservation and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals.  Also necessary are strong organizational, and communications skills as well as the ability to work independently and manage professional relationships both internally and externally. The position will report to the County’s Energy Program Manager to effectively update the County’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager Account.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Update a newly created County Portfolio Manager Account consisting of the portfolio of County-owned buildings (approximately 24 properties) that has a gross floor area (GFA) of at least 50,000 sq.ft. and assist in related mandatory State reporting;
  • Perform research works as needed in obtaining relevant data;
  • Review and update utility data entries from the Energy Accounting platform, EEM Suite;
  • Manage data entries to the County’s existing Energy Star Portfolio Manager Account consisting of buildings with less than 50,000 sq.ft. in GFA (approximately 58 properties);
  • Assist in developing and implementing an outreach plan for county-owned building utility data gathering;
  • Assist in developing, monitoring, and measuring environmental performance measures for benchmarked buildings and best practice studies;
  • Work with and coordinate energy benchmarking program with internal department and County staff;
  • Assist in other energy program-related tasks such as but not limited to coordinating:
    • the energy policy development and greenhouse gas inventories,
    • the implementation of energy efficiency & conservation projects in coordination with Energy Service Companies (ESCOs),
    • the roll-out of the Building Electrification Master Planning solicitation process,
    • the development of solar PV projects;
  • Perform other energy-related tasks that the Energy Program Manager may include in the future.  

Working Conditions: Hybrid (three days a week), 7 am to 3:30 pm for three (3) months with possible extension. Wednesday and Friday remote reporting (student must have own laptop or PC for remote work); Thursday in-person Office reporting (without owning a personal laptop or PC, student intern can come to the office in person on all reporting days).

Target Start Date: January or February 2024.


Requirements and Qualifications

Education:  Current full-time Senior ($24.04/hr) or Graduate ($28.90/hr) students in Engineering (Preferably Energy, Mechanical, Electrical, or related field)


Cover letter and Resume: Submit a cover letter and updated resume. Provisional application, proof of enrollment, and transcripts to follow upon selection.

Selection Process: The selection process will consist of the following steps: a rating of relevant education and experience and an interview. It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. This information will be used to determine which candidates will proceed in the selection process. Only those candidates who are pre-selected in the selection process will be placed for interviews.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Familiarity with Energy Star Portfolio Manager, energy efficiency and GHG reduction strategies (Suggested Resources: US EPAYouTube)
  • Understanding of building energy benchmarking systems such as EPA's Portfolio Manager (experience preferred but not required),
  • Knowledge of renewable energy and demand side management programs and strategies,
  • Awareness of environmental issues, including current trends and methods related to decarbonization, best practices, and technical expertise to address Greenhouse Gas (GHG) issues,
  • Ability to coordinate multiple related tasks at the same time and organize work to meet deadlines and conflicting priorities,
  • Ability to plan and coordinate projects with multiple players and diverse issues.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with internal/external staff,
  • Strong interpersonal relationship skills,
  • Strong oral and written communication skills,
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel and PowerPoint),
  • Ability to understand policy implications of energy benchmarking-related issues and make appropriate recommendations,
  • Creative problem-solving skills involving utility data discrepancies,
  • Generally strong analytical and critical thinking skills.