What else in Portland other than Technical Jobs?
Green Jobs Abound in Portland
So you’re considering a move to Portland to take that hot technology job. But your significant other is wondering what kind of work is available – and not sure where to start looking.
Good news! If your life partner is interested in sustainability, Portland is the place to be. With roofs of commercial buildings turned into gardens or topped with windmills and solar panels, a city code that allows for cob buildings, and commitment to mass transit, bicycles and foot travel, Portland is one of the most eco-friendly cities in America. The best part about Portland’s environmental rep? We have loads of green jobs.
Here at EnGn, we’re technology job recruiters. We know many job candidates need to think about spouses who aren’t software developers, Ruby programmers, or any other stripe of technologist we could place in a good technology job.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some Portland sustainability companies that are rising stars – and currently hiring to fill some great green jobs.
Vestas Wind Systems
Denmark-based Vestas is a leading wind turbine manufacturer with offices and production facilities all over the world. Its Portland offices are in a newly renovated historic building in the swanky Pearl District – very conveniently located for almost any nice Portland neighborhood. Vestas employs about 400 people in Portland, and is actively hiring.
Another alternative energy company, Agilyx, takes hard-to-recycle plastics and turns them into synthetic crude oil. Located in Beaverton, a small city that’s adjacent to Portland, Agilyx is a fast-growing company that landed $25 million in funding late last year. The company is looking for engineers who are passionate about helping to scale Agilyx’s solution for turning waste plastic into fuel, and helping to reduce America’s oil dependency.
SERA is an award-winning architecture firm that has helped to create Portland’s reputation for sustainable architecture and green building. The 90-employee firm is located in Portland’s vibrant Pearl District, and offers urban design and planning, interior design and consulting services, in addition to traditional architectural design services. SERA practices what it preaches, following Natural Step guidelines for office sustainability, and providing employees with incentives to use sustainable transportation for commuting to work. SERA’s robust benefits package includes multiple retirement plans and continuing education. (Speaking as technology recruiters, we know those are some serious perks!)
Ecova, a division of publicly traded Avista Corp., provides facilities management and energy management solutions that help businesses and utilities reduce energy consumption and environmental impacts, and become more sustainable. Headquartered in Spokane, Washington, Ecova employs more than 1,000 people at multiple locations around the country, including Portland. The company is growing and hiring.
Need more green jobs resources? Sustainable Business Oregon, a publication of the Portland Business Journal, has a page devoted to green jobs:
Staye tuned as we will be posting a few more blogs on other industries/clusters that could be helpful for those who are new to town.
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