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Public Affairs & Communications Intern — Renewable Energy

The Company

Scout Clean Energy is a leading U.S. 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 with expertise in all aspects of renewable power project development, permitting, power marketing, finance, construction and asset management. Scout is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners.

Scout is made up of renewable 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

This paid role will support the Scout’s Development team in its effort to secure approval for the Horse Heaven project. Our intern will leverage their leadership and communication skills to build relationships, create outreach materials, and interface with regional organizations. You will be part of the Development team’s community relations effort, helping Scout demonstrate our commitment to the local community.

Over the course of the internship, we anticipate that you will contribute to the following projects:

  • Contribute to and deliver the engagement strategy for regional youth and environmental organizations – You will be the face of Scout in these high school, college, and university organizations, helping to broaden our reach to young climate-change champions in the area. You will leverage your knowledge of these constituents to identify and implement a variety of tactics to achieve our shared goal of gaining awareness and support for Horse Heaven (e.g., organize events, serve as a guest speaker, deploy other innovative approaches you have seen work).
  • Support public relations (PR) efforts through development and distribution of outreach materials – You will provide general PR support, conducting research and integrating the findings into Scout’s PR materials. Your research will focus on the governmental affairs and community aspects of the Horse Heaven project. You will then support the creation of materials that convey Scout’s message, including digital media and other established media.
  • Participate in and leverage membership with organizations such as Renewables Northwest, Renewable Hydrogen Alliance, and the local Chamber of Commerce – You will attend relevant webinars and networking events so that you can share the findings with the broader Scout team. (This is an opportunity to get paid to learn about cutting-edge industry developments!) Together with the Scout team, you will integrate these findings into Scout’s development strategy and build on the positive relationships that you form with other members of these groups.

What should you expect to gain through this internship?

You will gain exposure to the real-time action associated with a controversial large clean energy infrastructure project. As you participate in the team meetings and the day-to-day delivery of outreach strategies, you will learn how policy and community interact in a project of this scale. You will have the opportunity to implement a combination of tried-and-true and innovative approaches to building support for renewable energy amongst a range of constituents.

Most importantly, you will make a real contribution to advancing renewable energy in the Tri-Cities area!

Timeline and Location

This internship will ideally begin as soon as possible, likely in early to mid-May 2021.

We anticipate starting with a 10-15 hours-per-week commitment on an ongoing basis. Including weekly meetings with Scout’s Horse Heaven Development team.

Our ideal candidate will be comfortable working remotely as long as required due to the COVID-19 situation and would also be willing to work in the Tri Cities area. Scout will provide a laptop computer and a stipend for phone and internet.


As an intern you will be paid $16-20/hour.


The ideal candidate for this role is someone who has served in a leadership role in a youth-based organization focused on building support for renewable energy, environmental protection, and related causes. You know the dynamics of these groups and how to lead people to take action.

Your background might look something like this:

  • Working towards or recently completed a degree in Communications, Marketing, Political Science, or another relevant field.
  • Interest in the renewable energy industry, specifically utility-scale resources.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience, preferably in campus or environmental organizations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in delivery and in results.
  • Dynamic verbal and written communication skills that are appropriate for a professional setting; comfortable speaking in front of groups of varying sizes.
  • Ability to work independently without direct supervision.
  • Authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Location in the Tri Cities area is preferred.

Characteristics of Successful Scout Team Members

  • Integrity. Ethical professional who does the right thing even when it is difficult.
  • Initiative. 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 Women and U.S. Underrepresented Groups

We encourage applications from all demographics and especially those that are traditionally underrepresented in the energy industry. Consistent with our core values, Scout celebrates the diversity of thought and experience that comes from a range of backgrounds including, but not limited to, gender, race, and ethnicity.

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. 

To Apply:

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LOCATION Tri-Cities, Washington TYPE Other REQUIREMENTS Required Education: Current undergraduate student or recent graduate

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Scout Clean Energy

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5775 Flatiron Parkway, Suite 120
Boulder, CO 80301