LEAP is Hiring! Seeking Residential Efficiency Retrofit – Home Energy Analyst Apprentice.


The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) is a community non-profit organization that facilitates the adoption of clean energy technology, primarily via energy-efficiency improvements in existing homes and buildings as well as solar power community campaigns. Our primary activities are assessing buildings of all kinds, providing recommendations for efficiency improvements, coordinating access to contractors and utility and government rebates, and promoting solar power as applicable. LEAP’s headquarters office is located near downtown Charlottesville with a satellite office in Fairfax.


LEAP is seeking applications for its Retrofit – Home Energy Analyst Apprentice program. The Apprentice program is meant to provide hands-on experience in retrofitting homes for energy efficiency (adding insulation, air sealing, etc…) that provides the foundation for becoming a home energy analyst, providing whole home energy-efficiency assessments and subsequent project management over the installation of energy efficiency measures. The retrofit field experience portion would take 6-8 months to complete and include 2-4 weeks of classroom instruction and certification combined with on-the-job learning and mentoring. That would follow another 2-3 months of training in home energy assessments and project management with another 2-4 weeks of classroom instruction, certifications, and on-the-job learning and mentoring before becoming a full Home Energy Analyst.

Work will be based out of Charlottesville. All training, certifications, etc… will be paid for by the company.

Skills Needed for Retrofit Technician

  • Familiarity with residential construction techniques
  • Willingness to learn Weatherization Assistance Program Standard Work Specifications, HVAC and other applicable building codes, and OSHA Health and Safety procedures
  • Ability to proficiently use and properly maintain tools, equipment, and materials required for duties described
  • Ability to communicate courteously and professionally with clients and homeowners
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license and driving record
  • Willingness to work in sometimes tight crawl spaces or attics, year-round
  • Attention to detail and patience to execute the job properly

Skills Needed for Home Energy Analyst

  • Experience in building science, home performance, and/or residential energy-related trades
  • Knowledge background in various aspects of residential construction
  • Detailed knowledge of energy efficiency and commitment to ongoing learning
  • Physical fitness sufficient for: scaling ladders; accessing small, dirty, hot, damp, awkward, precarious areas of buildings; using basic power and hand tools; carrying up to 50 lbs
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Project management for individual homes including multiple contractors
  • Comfort interacting with a great diversity of clients and partners
  • Clean VA driver’s license
  •  Honesty, punctuality, and professional manner and appearance

Preferred Education/Experience

  • High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent, but not required
  • Field experience in construction, carpentry, or other trade
  • Mechanical skills or engine repair experience

Pay and Compensation

  • Position starts at $36,000/year and opportunity for initial raise to $39,000/year on completion of the apprentice program (8-9 months)
  • Bonuses for meeting safety goals and employment benchmarks
  • 15 days of Paid Time Off along with paid holidays
  • Health insurance and other benefits
  • Every other Friday off
  • Paid training and professional development opportunities

Send resumes to info@leap-va.org or call 434-227-4666 to express interest in the position.

We will stop accepting resumes and expressions of interest once the positions are filled, so don’t wait to get in touch!

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