Green Energy Jobs for Veterans and a Whole Lot More
Connecting Veterans with Real Solutions for Real Jobs
As the green economy revs up and more military servicemen and women enter the civilian labor force, clean energy jobs and environmental careers offer a natural fit for quality, long-term jobs for veterans.
Education, training, and job information geared to support veterans making this natural transition to green careers provide next steps and support for real solutions.
Matching jobs for veterans with the fast-moving, emerging green sectors is also a win for employers who gain a field-tested employee with proven skills and leadership, ready, willing and able to do the work.
The What, Why, How & Wow of Green Energy Jobs for Veterans
Mavenjoy highlights its top picks of job finders and resources for veteran jobs and careers so you can get started exploring the new training and job opportunities available to you right now.
Green Energy Resources & Jobs for Veterans
- **New Listing** Solar Ready Vets
A solar installation training program recently launched by the Department of Energy (DOE) to provide military veterans, transitioning out of active duty, with the skills needed to become the leaders of the clean energy economy. According to the DOE, the solar industry is adding 30,000 jobs annually, ten times faster than the rest of the economy! Building on the success of the SunShot Initiative’s Solar Instructor Training Network, the DOE aims to train 75,000 people to enter the solar workforce.
Farmer Veteran Coalition
The Farmer Veteran Coalition matches returning veterans with employment on family farms and in the sustainable farming movement by mobilizing the food and farming community to create healthy and viable futures for America's veterans. Its long-term goal is to reach 10,000 veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq in order to support successful operations for those returning to farming as well as to introduce others to farming as a new vocation. Mavenjoy Extra: The Center for Rural Affairs provides additional resources for people interested in entering the farming profession, including how to obtain land, financing, and skills for a successful start-up as well as linking retiring farmers and ranchers with beginner farmers.
- Kentucky Proud - Jobs for Vets
Matches farmers needing quality labor with veterans needing immediate employment for growing existing Kentucky farms and a new generation Kentucky farmers. Kentucky also began Homegrown for Heroes, a marketing and branding initiative distinctively identifying products locally grown or raised by veterans. A Mavenjoy Best Practice Pick!
Veteran Farmers Project
Another farm jobs program dedicated to veterans offering workshops, farm tours, individualized consultations and a helpline.
Veterans Conservation Corp
The Veterans Conservation Corp empowers veterans to transition to civilian life by utilizing their leadership experience to address pressing conservation needs such as wildfire protection, recreation enhancement, and habitat restoration on public lands. Links to specific state programs are also listed as well as a PDF for Career Pathways through Continued Service
Want more clean energy jobs? Join other veterans who support more job creation in the green energy economy. Operation Free is a campaign launched by national security and veterans organizations to bring attention to the security threats created by climate change. It truly drives home the obligation to and opportunity in clean technology and the green marketplace.
Green Collar Vets
Green Collar Vets is a nationwide nonprofit organization that provides information about job for veterans available in the green economy, especially those military service veterans entering the civilian labor force. Green Collar Vets promotes operations at a grassroots level encouraging the potential local communities have to support their own veterans' needs and opportunities, as well as their local emerging green industries.
Energy.gov Veteran Employment Programs
The Department of Energy partners with the Department of Veterans Affairs for a listing of on-the-job training opportunities and employment opportunities for veterans and recovering veterans.
- Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT)
VSAT offers training aimed at building on the skills of transitioning service men and women to gain success in the thriving sector of sustainable agriculture. It's a six-week intensive incubator program with post-training job placement and business start-up assistance. Graduates include successful farm owners and workers, soil-testers, restaurateurs, and food company owners. Update: Archi's Acres has partnered with Cal Poly Pomona's College of the Extended University to create a six-week fully accredited agricultural certificate program, modeled after its VSAT program. Mavenjoy Best Practice Pick: Archi's Acres is about creating opportunities for returning veterans in hydroponic, organic farming. In addition to sourcing healthy foods to local communities, each acre of greenhouse will create over 10 jobs, and every job created on the farm has a multiplier effect creating over 2.5 jobs elsewhere in that community. Its owners developed the VSAT program to equip others to start their own Archi's Acres across the country.
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