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Job opening: economic analyst / offshore wind extension specialist

First consideration will be given to applications submitted by Friday, November 17, 2023 at 4 pm (Pacific). The position will be open until filled.

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We are seeking an experienced professional to join our offshore wind team as an Economic Analyst / Offshore Wind Extension Specialist. This position will engage in analysis of economic development and job creation opportunities and carry out extension-oriented activities related to offshore wind development in Northern California. The position is affiliated with California Sea Grant and is based at the Schatz Center.

Core functions of this position will include (1) conducting analysis and engaging in research related to economic and workforce development related to offshore wind, with a focus on Northern California, (2) carrying out extension-oriented activities related to offshore wind in northwestern California, with a focus on engagement with communities, businesses, Tribal governments, local governments, non-profit organizations, and other constituencies, and (3) participating in statewide California Sea Grant activities.

The Schatz Center is located in the Humboldt Bay region of coastal northwestern California — an area which is well-positioned to become a hub for U.S. Pacific Coast offshore wind development. The Center has a dynamic, multi-disciplinary portfolio of offshore wind-related activities, with over 30 publications during the past four years related to the potential for offshore wind development along the U.S. Pacific Coast. The Center works closely with federal, state, Tribal, and local government agencies, and it also engages actively with a variety of companies and organizations relevant to offshore wind. 

The anticipated start date for the position is on or near January 2, 2024. The exact start date is negotiable. The Schatz Center team works in a hybrid environment that supports flexibility and connection. Our team members currently have the option to work onsite all the time or alternate between working remotely and at least 25% onsite at the Schatz Center. During the initial onboarding period, the selected candidate could telecommute, but ultimately will need to live within commuting distance of the Schatz Center.

We welcome applications from everyone who is legally eligible to work in the United States. 

How to apply

Please see the full job announcement for the core responsibilities and a list of required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Applicants must submit the following via email to

  • A formal letter of application (2 page maximum preferred). In your letter, please explain why you are interested in the position and how your background, knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job. 
  • A resume (3 pages is preferred, but we encourage you to include all relevant and transferable experience and skills you wish us to consider).
  • A Cal Poly Humboldt Sponsored Programs Foundation Employee Information Form for Applicants. Please fill in “Submission Email” and “Contact” as follows: Schatz Energy Research Center (Name) and (Email).

Please include in your email how you learned about this vacancy. Additional materials may be required from candidates invited to interview.

Affirmative action and equal opportunity

The Schatz Center is a part of the Cal Poly Humboldt Sponsored Programs Foundation (SPF), an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Read more about SPF’s Equal Employment Opportunity hiring practices.

Questions and inquiries

For assistance with the application process, please submit an Accommodation Request Form or call the Compliance Support Coordinator at (707) 826-5169.

For additional information, please email or call (707) 826-4345.

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Who we are and what we do

Since 1989, the Schatz Center has been a leader in applied research and project development for clean and renewable energy. Our current portfolio includes offshore wind research and analysis, renewable energy microgrid development, sustainable transportation design, carbon life cycle analysis, solar product testing, and planning and policy for clean energy access around the globe.

We are located on the campus of Cal Poly Humboldt in Arcata, California. Arcata’s 800-acre community forest and 11 miles of trails begin one block away — and we are within biking distance of California’s second largest inland bay and the Pacific Ocean. 

As residents of a rural coastal community, we are keenly aware of our social and environmental responsibilities. We are committed to increasing energy access and resilience for communities worldwide — and do so through clean and renewable design that reduces climate change and restores environmental and human health.

Our organizational commitments

Our vision

We envision a healthy planet with thriving, equitable, resilient communities powered by clean energy.

Our purpose

Our team is committed to addressing climate change and improving human and ecosystem health through work that supports clean energy, climate-resilience, equity, and justice. Our work includes:

  • Research and development – we do applied research focused on energy and environmental issues.
  • Technology deployment – we design, integrate, build, test, and operate innovative, renewable, and resilient energy systems that are responsive to social and environmental needs.
  • Collaboration – we work with public and private partners including Tribal Nations, communities, agencies, academic institutions, foundations, and industry to exchange knowledge and implement innovative solutions locally and internationally.
  • Education and Training – we support learning that provides practical, hands-on experience for current and future practitioners and leaders.

Our values

  • Kindness: Treating people and the planet with care and respect through acts of inclusion, helpfulness, generosity, and encouragement.
  • Integrity: Approaching one another and our interdisciplinary research with curiosity, open-mindedness, transparency, and humility.
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion: Providing a nourishing and rewarding environment for Center staff, students, and partners. Respecting the differences of our colleagues and actively seeking to identify and remove barriers to ensure opportunities to thrive.
  • Justice: Working to advance racial justice, gender equality and women’s empowerment, LGBTQIA+ rights, economic equality, and environmental justice.
  • Teamwork and collaboration: Supporting internal and external community building and engagement to create inclusive and innovative solutions. Sharing knowledge with and learning from our colleagues, collaborators, community partners, and the public to advance understanding.
  • Effectiveness: Using our technical, scientific, and policy expertise to do good work that makes a difference.

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