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Full-Time ROC Operator – Remote Operations Center (ROC)

The Company

Scout Clean Energy is a leading US renewable energy developer, owner, and operator headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Scout is developing a MW portfolio of over 5,000 MW of wind, solar and energy storage projects across 11 US states. Scout is an owner-operator portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners with expertise in all aspects of renewable power project development, permitting, power marketing, finance, construction, and asset management.

Made up of wind energy industry veterans who are making a difference in our world, our team’s work ethic is second to none. We identify problems, create solutions, and deliver them professionally to our customers, stakeholders, partners, and one another. We do the right thing when no one is looking because we are committed to our collective success and because we believe that our uncompromising integrity is key to the collaborative relationships that drive our business.

 

Position Description

Do you want to help create a cleaner power supply? Are you looking to launch your career in the growing renewable energy industry? Do you have high attention to detail and the ability to prioritize effectively during busy periods? Will you work a shift position that gives you a three-day weekend every other weekend?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, then read on to learn more about the Remote Operations Center (ROC) at Scout Clean Energy.

 

What does a Remote Operations Center Operator Do?

ROC Operator positions are some of the “invisible” jobs that are critical to maintaining a safe and reliable electric supply. A team of operators in our Boulder, Colorado, office will provide real-time support to Scout’s growing portfolio of operating wind projects across the country. Operators use the graphical user interfaces on their large display monitors to identify potential barriers to efficient operation of the wind turbines and substation.

No two shifts will look the same, but here are a few examples of what you may encounter during a shift as a ROC Operator at Scout:

  • Building and maintaining relationships with primary stakeholders and market participants (including power purchasers, scheduling entities, system operators and facility technicians) to optimize performance.
  • Informing grid operators about planned and unplanned outages at the plant.
  • Coordinating with wind facility managers as they perform on-site maintenance.
  • Monitoring our data acquisition equipment.
  • Providing detailed notes about the events of the day in a formal (digital) logbook.
  • Providing informal updates to Scout executives as the need arises.
  • Compiling or reviewing standard reports that are viewed by senior leaders at Scout or our business partners.

 

In addition, the ROC Manager will provide each ROC Operator with a set of side work to complete during slower times on shift. These tasks will be tailored to the strengths of each Operator. Some examples may include

  • Extracting, and potentially analyzing, data about the facility’s production as compared to the schedule filed with the grid operator.
  • Completing ongoing training and certifications, such as the PJM Generator Operators Certification.
  • Assisting to build or refine operational tools.
  • Assist with adding newly constructed sites to our data acquisition infrastructure.
  • Participate in review and revision of operational procedures.
  • Participate in cybersecurity audits of our site networks.

 

What is the vision for success in the ROC?

Scout’s ROC will provide world-class operations monitoring with a safety and regulatory compliance focus, while optimizing asset value and operational efficiency. You will work in a place that encourages you to

  • Demonstrate brilliance in the basics
  • Own the support mindset
  • Serve as a constant guardian angel
  • Deliver continuous improvement and integration
  • Trust and verify the work of your colleagues

 

Why is the ROC a great place to launch a career in renewable energy?

ROC Operators build their understanding of renewable energy generation from the ground up. Plant operations are the heart and soul of a renewable energy firm’s business and will serve you well throughout your career. Understanding what is physically happening at the facility prepares ROC Operators for roles in asset management, commodity trading, development, facility operations, site engineering, transmission, manufacturing, and project finance, among others.

 

Why is shift work appealing to so many people?

Scout’s ROC uses a 2-2-3 shift schedule. You would typically work a combination of days and nights over a two-week period. The big draw?

  • Every other weekend is a three-day weekend.
  • You leave your work at the office; when your shift ends, you are truly “off duty.”
  • Every other week will include some overtime hours (paid at 1.5 times the base hourly rate).
  • Increased pay rate for work on company-recognized holidays.
  • Paid time off in addition to the standard seven days off every two weeks.
  • Ability to increase pay by picking up additional shifts.

 

What kind of experience do I need to be successful as a ROC Operator?

This is truly an entry-level position.

The successful candidate’s background will look something like this:

  • A demonstrated desire to continuously learn and improve.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • High attention to detail and the ability to work proactively and productively without direct supervision.
  • Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel.
  • Required to attempt the PJM certification exam within 8 months’ time in service and to pass PJM exam within 12 months’ time in service.
  • Ability to work as part of a shift rotation and team.
  • Experience with SCADA or real-time operations in a manufacturing environment is desired but not required.
  • Authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.

 

What type of training can I expect to receive at Scout?

All of the specialized knowledge you need will be learned on the job – through a combination of formal training, self-study, and learning by doing. At the heart of the Operator training is the why. Not just why the ROC exists, but why the Operator performs each task required during shift. The ROC Manager’s philosophy is that by starting with “why”, and then focusing on picking the right “how” to accomplish a task, Operators are empowered with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to respond to dynamic events on shift. Once the Operator assess each situation and understands why and how, they can decide “what” to do. The steps to execute that “what” will be clearly described in standard procedures.  This facilitates consistency in operations from one shift to the next and results in a highly professional way to calmly and quickly act in a dynamic environment.

 

Timeline, Location, and Pay

The target start time for this role is early to mid-February 2021, pending successful reference and criminal background checks.

It will be expected that the ROC Operator will work from our ROC in Boulder, CO. This is not a remote-work assignment.

This position is paid hourly based on actual hours worked. The straight-pay rate is $28/hour; you will be paid 1.5x that rate for overtime and 2x that rate for holiday pay. Opportunities for advancement within the ROC team exist and are achievable within a year of starting.

 

Characteristics of Successful Scout Team Members

  • Integrity. Ethical professional who does the right thing even when it is difficult.
  • Integrity. Resourceful self-motivator with exceptional leadership and organizational skills.
  • Intelligence. Perpetual learner with the ability to solve problems and make informed decisions quickly.
  • Work Ethic. Productive team member who desires to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment to meet deadlines and get things done.
  • Team Focus. Purpose-driven colleague with strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to working across organizational boundaries to deliver on shared team goals.

 

Invitation to Diverse Candidates

Scout seeks to develop a diverse and inclusive team of professionals. We encourage applications from all demographics and especially those that are traditionally underrepresented in the energy industry.

 

Invitation to Veterans

Scout welcomes veterans of the United States Armed Forces to apply for this position. Scout includes veterans of all branches and a diverse set of occupational specialties. We value the independent thinking, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork that our veterans have developed through their service. We welcome applications from any service and any military occupational specialty.

Job Type: Full-time, shift schedule Required Education: Equivalent experience or Bachelors degree in related field (e.g., business, finance, engineering)
Job Location: Boulder, Colorado Required Experience: Prior work experience in any field required, experience in operations environment desired.

To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@scoutcleanenergy.com.

For more information:  www.scoutcleanenergy.com

LOCATION Boulder, CO TYPE Full Time REQUIREMENTS Equivalent experience or Bachelors degree in related field (e.g., business, finance, engineering)

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