Title:  Energy Program Specialist III

Application Deadline Date:  10/12/2023
Req ID:  47575
Department:  Public Service Department

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $32.33


The Vermont Department of Public Service (PSD) is seeking enthusiastic and qualified candidates for two Energy Program Specialist positions, which will focus on the design and implementation of Vermont's proposed Clean Heat Standard. The Department is a small, dynamic state agency that serves as the public advocate on utility matters and sits at the center of state energy policy in Vermont. 


The Thermal Energy Program Specialists will work within the Division of Efficiency and Energy Resources (DEER) and provide technical expertise to support the development and implementation of the Clean Heat Standard. Specific duties of the positions may include: 

  • Representing the Department on the Clean Heat Standard Technical Advisory Group; 
  • Conducting cost/benefit analysis of various clean heat measures from the customer, program, and societal perspectives;
  • Informing development of Public Utility Commission (PUC) policies related to implementation of the Clean Heat Standard through written and oral comments and testimony; 
  • Evaluating clean heat measure credit values; and
  • Performing lifecycle analysis of carbon reduction measures for the thermal sector.


Excellent analytic skills are required. Working knowledge of evaluation, measurement, and verification of energy efficiency programs is desired. The ideal candidate will have experience in one or more of the following areas: clean energy policies and technologies; greenhouse-gas-emissions accounting; clean energy program design and implementation; economic modeling and impact analysis; building energy systems, energy benefit-cost analysis, and thermal science; utility regulation; or related areas.


Telework requests will be considered, based on the needs of the Department. The Public Service Department has the ability to hire into range for qualified candidates and supports the continued professional development of its employees.

Who May Apply

This position, Energy Program Specialist III (Job Requisition #47575), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Melissa Bailey at melissa.bailey@vermont.gov.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Class Definition

Professional, policy and technical work for the Department of Public Service involving the development, implementation, and evaluation of energy efficiency and/or renewable energy programs and projects. Position represents the department in cooperative endeavors with utilities, businesses, public interest groups and citizen. This is the third level in the series, differentiated from lower levels by the increased complexity of job assignments and degree of independence in completing work. Work is performed under the supervision of the Director of the Energy Efficiency Division.

Environmental Factors

Work is performed in a standard office setting, with some required travel to meetings for which private means of transportation must be available. Some evening, weekend, and overtime work may be required. Extensive interaction with utility representatives, public interest groups, consultants, public and private organizations, and citizens will be expected.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree or higher in environmental or energy studies, engineering or other quantitative science, economics, law, public policy or administration, business administration, or a closely related field.
Bachelor's degree in environmental or energy studies, engineering or other quantitative science economics, pre-law, public policy or administration, business administration, or a closely related field AND four (4) years or more of experience involving management, analysis or development of energy programs, and general knowledge of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Eight (8) years or more of experience in environmental or energy studies, economics, public policy or administration, or business INCLUDING four (4) years or more of experience involving management, analysis or development of energy programs, and general knowledge of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Preferred Qualifications

Juris Doctor degree.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

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