The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is looking for enthusiastic, driven professionals to join our team and be Clean Energy Champions. We are seeking talented individuals with diverse perspectives and skills to help tackle the climate crisis.
EERE leads research, development, demonstration, and deployment of innovations in renewable energy, sustainable transportation and fuels, and buildings and industry that will equitably accelerate the national transition to a clean energy economy. We are working to ensure clean energy investments, new jobs, and energy justice benefit all Americans.
You do not need to be a clean energy expert to have a clean energy career. Some EERE positions are scientific or technical, and others support business operations, human resources, strategic analysis, communications, and more.
There are just over 8 million jobs in energy. For two consecutive years, energy job growth has outpaced overall U.S. employment. Find out who is getting hired—and more.
Careers in EERE
FAQ About Federal Employment
EERE’s staff is our greatest asset to accomplish our clean energy mission. If you are considering employment with EERE, the following information may be helpful:
Ready to join EERE, but unsure how to prepare your federal resume so you can begin the application process? EERE’s Workforce Management Office hosted a workshop on just that topic! Watch the workshop videos and learn from our hiring experts to better understand the federal hiring process.
All EERE jobs are listed in the table above. If you would like to focus on a specific technology area, you can visit each technology office’s career page:
USAJobs is the web portal job seekers use to apply for a position within the federal government.
Competitive Vacancy Announcements are posted on USAJobs and are open for a short time, usually 5-7 days. The USAJobs descriptions list the location, salary range, and who is eligible to apply for the position—i.e., the public or current federal employees only. These positions range from entry-level to senior executive–level.
Direct Hire Authority positions are scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) positions at the GS-11 through GS-15 grade level. Direct hire authority allows DOE to hire faster than the traditional government hiring process does. These positions are open to all U.S. citizens until filled.
Clean Energy Corps positions may be term-appointed or permanent and are available across the country, with many opportunities to work remotely. These positions are funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which includes more than $62 billion for DOE to deliver a more equitable clean energy future for the American people. You can apply for Clean Energy Corps jobs using the Applicant Portal and USAJobs.
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Federal Employment Resources:
- Veterans’ Employment: This website can help you understand the veterans’ preference in filling federal jobs and helps veterans find jobs. This page is specific to the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Persons with Disabilities: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) explains how federal agencies such as DOE fill jobs in relation to those with disabilities.
- Federal Executive Institute: This institute helps senior government leaders improve the performance of their organizations through programs like the Leadership for a Democratic Society, programs designed specifically for individual agencies, and interagency courses.
- Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program: This program enables temporary assignment of personnel across the federal, state, local, and tribal governments, colleges and universities, federally funded research and development centers, and other eligible organizations.
- Detail and Transfer to International Organizations: A federal agency such as DOE may send an employee on detail—a temporary assignment—or transfer an employee to any organization that the Department of State has designated an international organization. This OPM page answers questions about the process.
- Careers at Energy: If you're interested in employment with another DOE office, DOE's jobs portal provides information about benefits, employee profile videos, the types of positions available in DOE, and more.
GS stands for General Schedule, which is a classification and pay system for most civilian white-collar federal employees. Federal employees within the GS may receive an annual cost of living increase.
Within the GS system, there are 15 grades, with 10 steps within each grade. Step increases in each grade are based on performance and longevity. Learn more about GS classification and pay.