Job Opportunity – Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Intern

High Desert Museum Job Opportunity – Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Intern

Title: Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Intern

Division: Facilities

Classification: Intern

Reports To: Chief of Facilities

Supervises: N/A

High Desert Museum – Organization Description

Since opening in 1982, THE HIGH DESERT MUSEUM has brought together wildlife, culture, art and natural resources to promote an understanding of the natural and cultural heritage of North America’s High Desert country. We do so through indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural habitats, living history demonstrations and dynamic programs on a beautiful, 135-acre campus in the pine forest. The Museum is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, was a 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Sciences finalist and is a Smithsonian Affiliate. During the 2018-19 fiscal year, 195,000 visitors enjoyed the Museum.

The Museum is located in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious, and mindful. As a team, we work together to wildly excite and responsibly teach, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

Job Summary- Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Intern

The intern will play a vital active role in in supporting the museum’s involvement in the Energy Trust of Oregon’s Strategic Energy Management Program or SEM.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to interface with fellow staff and visitors in a pleasant manner
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as necessary
  • Ability to work independently as well as being a strong team player, with minimum supervision
  • Ability to commit to the full term of service of the internship
  • Regular attendance of SEM workshops, onsite BOA’s, and Energy Team meetings
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Currently enrolled in college or recently graduated in a related major.
  • Understanding of sustainability and energy systems
  • Ability to keep information confidential
  • Desire to increase energy conservation facility-wide through metrics and collaboration
  • Must be a solution-oriented person with a positive can-do attitude.
  • Must have a high mechanical aptitude and excellent trouble-shooting ability.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals and building plans.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with outside vendors and contractors as well as HDM employees and volunteers.
  • Practical (Hands-on) electrical knowledge & experience

Responsibilities and Tasks

The intern will spend 90% of his/her time working with the museum sustainability coordinator and Energy champion on SEM related data entry, metrics, building analysis and reporting and 10% on general museum activities.  

  1. Will be engaged in SEM-related activities such as: projects and activities listed on the SEM annual plan, Opportunity Register, EMA Action Plan, and Engagement Plan
  2. Must work a minimum of 6 hours per week
  3. Attend all scheduled SEM workshops
  4. Track time on Energy Trust-provided SEM intern tracking spreadsheet
  5. Perform information upload to portfolio manager monthly
  6. Update and implement organizational energy policy
  7. Write Energy Management newsletter
  8. Work with Chief of Facilities to update HVAC, irrigation & light schedule for museum
  9. Complete building walkthrough assessments with Chief of Facilities/Energy Coach
  10. Regularly review performances against target goals
  11. Provide regular updates on SEM activity progress to your Energy Team members
  12. Assist to Maintain and repair all HVAC and mechanical systems including Museum physical plant.
  13. Must have the physical ability to perform the manual tasks required of this position including bending, twisting, crawling, climbing, stooping, and lifting 25 lbs. alone.
  14. Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions.
  15. Organize and lead Museum Energy Team meetings, goals, and track and report progress.
  16. Work with fellow staff on various task requests both in staff and visitor areas.
  17. Create and implement programs to educate staff and create an energy conscious culture.
  18. Maintain equipment, fixtures and building envelope as needed to ensure efficiency.
  19. Operate equipment such as hand and power tools.
  20. Change out and re-lamp museum lighting, changing bulbs and adjusting fixtures as need and install switches, motion sensors and digital timers
  21. Perform study by area and over time to determine energy efficiency strategy
  22. Monitor overall opening/closing & operational procedures to ensure efficiency both for production and energy. Watch for deviations from procedures and help correct and educate staff and volunteers.
  23. Comply with all Museum policies, procedures, and safety regulations.
  24. Respond to security and emergency related incidences.
  25. Conduct all work with safety in mind for co-workers, guests, volunteers, and for self.
  26. Deliver a PowerPoint “Completion Presentation” on their SEM activities to Energy Team and Energy Trust team. (Copy of presentation provided to Energy Coach)
  27. Perform other tasks and duties as assigned.
  28. Embrace, support, and help implement the Museum’s continued learning and commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion
  29. Execute other duties as assigned as needed to help abide by the Museum’s values, drive our vision, and fulfill our mission

The intern will receive hands-on experience and commercial building design and energy system management. In addition to gaining valuable hands-on experience, the SEM Program Intern will also receive an education stipend for completion of intern requirements as defined in the Intern Assistance Incentive Form. 

The intern will receive hands-on and practical experience in the management of facilities systems and procedures particularly regarding energy management. In addition to gaining valuable experience, the SEM Program Intern will also receive hourly pay as an employee of the High Desert Museum, and an education stipend of $1,000 at the successful completion of all requirements of the internship.

The High Desert Museum is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Please send resume and cover letter to the High Desert Museum, attention Human Resources.