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What is a green job?

This is green jobs week here on JobRadio. We recently recorded a webinar about green jobs put on by the AARP. In this 12 min segment you’ll get introduced to the presenters and learn the defintion of a green job. (download mp3) or play live:

AARP webinar – Green Jobs: What They Are and Where to Find Them. We hope the information and resources shared during the webinar were valuable to you. If you were unable to attend this event or did attend and would like to view all resources related to this webinar, please see the links below: ”

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The 2010 job hunting season is open!

Welcome to 2010 everyone. We hope your new year was a safe and happy one. Today is basically the start of the job hunting season as people gear up to look for jobs now that the holidays are over. Here at JobRadio.Fm the stream is brand new with the following shows. Episodes repeat approximately every 7 hours. Listen live.

1. SECRETS OF THE JOB HUNT: Lets talk green jobs with green career coach Mark Gragg (download mp3)

2. JOBS IN PODS: Life working at Rooms To Go, the nations largest furniture retailer (download mp3)

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3. CAREER CZAR: Discovering the Perfect Career Through the Secrets of Personality Type.

4. TOTAL PICTURE RADIO: Tim Ferris, the 4 Hour Workweek expanded (download mp3)

5. TOTAL PICTURE RADIO: David Perry’s Career Transition Podcast (download mp3)

6. CAREER SUCCESS RADIO: Job search techniques for mature job seekers (download mp3)

7. DREAM JOB RADIO: the HR Roundtable with Laurie Reuttiman, Miriam Salpeter and other career guests.

8. TALES FROM THE JOB SEARCH TRENCHES: How to get recommended even without asking


Lets talk about green jobs

Mark Gragg from stops by to talk about the green job market.

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Biggest windfarm in world coming to Oregon, Green Jobcast #21

The Green Jobcast, episode 21, is a short news segment with information about Green Jobs making headlines across the country. This week news on the worlds biggest windfarm to be built in Oregon (download mp3) 3 minutes 45 sec

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“Green” jobs increased at close to three times the rate of total jobs in California between 1995 and 2008, according to a new report. The report, called “Many Shades of Green: Diversity and Distribution of California’s Green Jobs,” was releasedlast week by the nonpartisan organizations Next 10 and by Mountain View-based Collaborative Economics, a research and consulting firm. According to the report, as the California economy slowed between 2007 and 2008, total employment fell 1 percent, but green jobs grew by 5 percent.

Between 1995 and 2008, total jobs in California grew by 13 percent, while green jobs grew by 36 percent, from 117,000 to 159,000 jobs, and green businesses increased by 45 percent, according to the report.
Sacramento led the state with green job growth of 87 percent between 1995 and 2008, from 7,019 jobs in 1995 to 13,102 jobs in 2008. Sacramento was followed by San Diego (57 percent), the Bay Area (51 percent) and Orange County and Inland Empire (50 percent), according to the report.

General Electric has won a contract to build the biggest wind farm in the United States in Oregon. The wind farm will be located in Shepherds Flat, Oregon and when completed will be the biggest wind farm in operation in the world.

It will cover 30 square miles and will produce 845 megawatts of power, enough to power 235,000 homes. Shepherd Flats is located in the Northeast portion of Oregon. The construction phase will provide approximately 400 jobs during construction, but will provide less than 50 permanent jobs after completion.

In Michigan Saginaw County leaders are trying to attract a solar manufacturer’s project that could bring 500 jobs and a $250 million solar investment has gained a foothold.

Saginaw County leaders this week gave their blessing to efforts to obtain $10 million in state Community Development Block grants and set up a renaissance tax zone.

Norcross, Georgia-based Suniva wants to build a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing center if it can get state and federal grants and loans in a planned 235-acre renewable energy park at the northwest corner of M-52 and M-46 in Thomas Township.

New solar plant planned near Hinkley California

According to the Contra Cost Times Victorville energy company is planning to build a 250-megawatt solar electric plant near Hinkley, which will create dozens of news jobs and provide electricity for about 250,000 High Desert residents.

The Abengoa Mojave Solar plant will be built on a large swath of land nine miles northwest of Hinkley, north of Highway 58 and east of the Kramer Junction. It will employ 68 full-time workers, from top management down to unskilled laborers once it begins operation, said Percy Della, spokesman for the California Energy Commission. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2010, with a targeted completion date of fall 2012.

Payroll for the two-year construction project is estimated at $272 million, with about 830 workers on site per day and more than 1,100 workers on site at the peak of construction. Local expenditures during the construction phase are expected to be more than $100 million, Della said.


Solar projects and geothermal jobs – Green Jobcast #18

The Green Jobcast, episode 18, is a short news segment with information about Green Jobs making headlines across the country. This week news on solar projects and geothermal jobs. (download mp3) 3 minutes

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First up… the Hartford business journal is reporting that Constellation Energy Group Inc. said today it will build a photovoltaic system to generate solar power at an entertainment complex adjacent to the New England Patriots’ stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

The power system will generate about 525 kilowatts at Patriot Place, the 1.3-million-square-foot entertainment, retail and dining complex next to the NFL team’s Gillette Stadium. Topping seven roofs, the power system will supply about 30 percent of Patriot Place’s power, Constellation said.

Construction is expected to begin in late October and will require installation of about 2,800 photovoltaic panels, the company said. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year, spokesman Aaron Koos said.

Constellation Energy estimates the system will generate more than 12 million kilowatt hours of electricity over 20 years and will prevent the release of more than 8,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide. The company said that is equal to removing more than 1,600 cars from the road for a year.

A large scale solar energy project at Fort Irwin California is expected to create hundreds of jobs, but shovels won’t be hitting the ground for another two to three years. The solar sites will create up to 400 construction jobs and 350 jobs to maintain and operate the power plants over a 10-year period, according to Brian Crunk, project manager of Clark Energy Group, one of the two renewable energy developers working on the project.

The Arlington, Va.-based group has teamed with Acciona Solar Power, based in Madrid, Spain, which operates the massive Nevada Solar One power plants in Boulder City, Nev. Once completed, the solar power plants will be the Department of Defense’s largest ever solar energy project.

In Pennsylvannia the Daily Item is reporting that the Milton Borough Council planning commission approved a $32 million plan to build the largest solar farm east of the Mississippi River in a portion of the Milton Industrial Park. The proposed farm, to feature 26,000 solar panels, will produce enough daytime power for two businesses in the industrial park. The project will create 10 full-time jobs to design, build and operate the farm, 50 full-time local green support jobs, and five temporary jobs, to build the solar farm system.

A new geothermal plant in Idaho is providing electricity for 10,000 homes and heating up Idaho’s clean energy economy. Recent analysis by federal agencies documents the West’s extensive geothermal resources, estimating over 8,000 megawatts of electrical power could be generated from identified geothermal resources in the western United States. “Across the rural West, we can warm up the job market, grow our businesses, and heat up our economy with geothermal power,” said Bill Midcap, Director of Renewable Energy Development for the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.

The western United States has abundant geothermal resources. The recent federal report identified geothermal resources in all 12 western states. The report found that the “hottest resources” where “commercial electric generation would most likely occur” include central and northern Nevada, western Utah, and southern and central Idaho.


Solar and Wind Jobs – Green Jobcast #17

The Green Jobcast, episode 17, is a short news segment with information about Green Jobs making headlines across the country. This week news on solar jobs and wind jobs.

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Governor Jennifer M. Granholm has announced a significant addition to Michigan’s burgeoning clean-energy industrial base as Georgia-based Suniva Inc. will invest $250 million in a new solar manufacturing facility in Saginaw County’s Thomas Township. Suniva will create 500 new jobs over the next five years subject to receiving a Department of Energy loan guarantee, which the company recently applied for.

Also in Michigan…Dow Chemical has been working on a solar shingle for a couple of years now, and Monday, the company said it was ready to test market the product. If it works, it would turn any home that uses them into a mini power station. It could also bring jobs to Mid-Michigan. Dow Solar Solutions currently employs 60 people, but if this product does what the company believes it can do, there could be several hundred jobs to follow. The solar shingles have been produced at Dow’s Solar Solution facility, and it’s possible shingles like these will be in limited use next year.

We’ve got a few new green jobs to tell you about, first on Jobs in Solar Power, Clean Energy Constructors (Phoenix, Arizona) has an opening for Senior Solar Photovoltaic Electrical Installer – Perform duties of a commercial Senior PV Electrical Installer for Clean Energy Constructors (CEC). You must possess the skills necessary to plan, organize and perform all PV installation activities, such as, racking/panel mounting, equipment & metering installation, substation breaker installation, and associated DC/AC conduit & wire installation. You must be able to meet with clients to coordinate the completion of the roof-top or ground mount arrays.

Unirac, Inc. (Albuquerque, New Mexico) is seeking a Structural engineer job. Highly successful, rapid growing solar module racking manufacturer seeking Structural Engineer to provide technical support for the Custom Solutions Group. Responsibilities will include heavy emphasis on structural analysis and design of racking components and systems for a variety of standard and custom configurations, interpretation and application of building codes, and extensive interaction with customers. Bachelor’s degree in structural engineering with a minimum of eight (8) years of progressive design experience is required. Experience in the design of cold-formed steel for structural applications and knowledge of construction practices and standards is strongly desired.

And in Sullivan County NY, Sullivan County Community College is looking for Wind Turbine Technology Faculty. Instructor needed to implement a curriculum in Wind Turbine Technology in spring 2010 and teach major classes starting in August 2010. The instructor will assist in recruiting and marketing activities and teach additional courses appropriate to experience until the curriculum is fully implemented.

Qualifications include a Master’s degree (strongly preferred) or Bachelor’s degree with demonstrated equivalent industry experience in operating and maintaining large and small wind turbines (required).


Googling, green jobs and tips for graduates

5 new shows this week highlight the live stream. Listen live or download here.

1. Career Czar: more career advice talk and tips with Fran Silverman

2. Total Picture Radio: Doug Berg, Jobs2web “Whole lot of googling going on” (download mp3)

3. Savvy Jobseeker: 3 tips for landing a green job (download mp3)

4. Career Communique: tips for graduates to secure dream job (download mp3)

5. Career Renegade: Profile of Killer Aces Will Chen (download mp3)