Team Leader Program
The Team Leader Program offers experienced volunteers additional training to further develop their skills and increase employment opportunities in the growing solar jobs market.
Team Leaders work under the supervision of GRID Alternatives' professional solar installation staff and help provide guidance and leadership to less experienced volunteers, ensure a positive and safe experience, and verify that all work is done to our quality standards. Team Leaders add organizational capacity by helping us serve more homeowners and train more volunteers to install solar.
- Priority on most installations
- Private invitations to Team Leader-only volunteer events and trainings
- Experience that counts toward qualifying for the NABCEP PV Installer Exam
- Invaluable hands-on and leadership experience and access to potential employment opportunities
Becoming a Team Leader
Team Leaders may specialize in roof or ground work, or both. To become a Team Leader you will:
- Participate in at least one full GRID Alternatives installation.
- Sign up to attend a Roof and/or Ground Team Leader training. Watch our monthly email blasts and the volunteer portal for dates and locations.
- Demonstrate mastery of a set of key skills and the ability to train other volunteers to perform those skills. Have a GRID Alternatives staff person sign off on a skill set checklist at installations. Team-Leaders-in-Training typically log more than 100 volunteer hours in order to complete their skill set checklist.
Team Leaders may specialize in roof or ground work, or both. Track your fulfillment of Team Leader Program requirements using this personal tracking sheet and verify progress in the My Profile tab of the volunteer portal. Once a volunteer has completed all program requirements, they will receive an orange GRID shirt in recognition of their Team Leader role.
NABCEP Field Experience Qualification
GRID Alternatives Team Leaders can use their team leader experience to meet the installation requirements needed to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Installer Certification Exam. For each NABCEP system installation requirement, the team leader must have led one complete installation as a Roof Team Leader and another complete installation as a Ground Team Leader. For more information about the NABCEP, visit nabcep.org.
Employment Opportunities for Team Leaders
Team Leaders have access to various potential paths to employment, including on-site networking opportunities with other volunteers and corporate sponsors; referrals to companies who are hiring for both installation and non-installation positions in the solar industry; and referrals through GRID’s Sub-contractor Partnership Program (SPP) for paid short-term work as an SPP job trainee. (For installations where the volunteer model is not practical, GRID works with SPP companies that agree to a reduced cost model and commit to hiring at least one eligible job trainee for each sub-contracted installation.)