Europe is leading the world with renewable energy targets.
In fact, global recruiter Shaw Energy writes that Europe is where the bulk of the world’s offshore wind projects are located. “EU offshore wind energy capacity is projected to grow the most rapidly, an increase 17-fold between 2010 and 2020,” the team says.
It’s no wonder, then, that so many of the recruiting firms for the renewable energy sector (solar photovoltaic power, on- and offshore wind, hydro, and biogas) are in Europe, although the scope of these recruiters is international.
We’ve compiled a list of 18 international recruiters, agencies and job boards that specialise in the renewable energy industries. These can form a solid resource for job seekers, as well as recruiters and human resource departments looking for talent.
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17 International Recruiters and Resources for Renewable Energy Jobs
Based in the UK, this award-winning recruiter manages recruitment teams and says that if he’s viewed your LinkedIn profile recently, it might be that he has an interesting opportunity for you, or he has a possible candidate for your project or company.
The director of Bradman Energy and Carbon Recruitment, a specialist consultancy in the international renewable energy and power market, Michael Green in Sydney has 20 years of experience to offer. He is able to recruit and select candidates qualified in various sectors of the industry, including
- climate change;
- and renewable energy sources that include solar, wind, wave, and cleantech.
A renewable energy recruitment expert at Davidson Recruitment in Brisbane, Australia, engineer Kevin Warner has designed and installed renewable energy systems himself. He understands the technologies at play, and has more than seven years experience in recruiting across industries, including onshore and offshore, solar photovoltaic technology.
He has also published material on recruitment matters pertaining to renewable energy fields, including workforce retention in the face of competition.
An international executive search firm based in New York, EnergeiaWorks services the renewable energy and environmental sustainability markets. The executive staffing company was founded in 2010, and its corporate clients include alternative energy service providers and government organisations, among others.
EnergeiaWorks says that it actively seeks out passive candidates — top performers already working in the sector — and has a proprietary database of more than 30,000 contacts in solar, wind, sustainability and other related fields.
This UK staffing and recruiting company specialises in placing international engineers and managers across many sectors, including renewable energy. A privately held firm founded in 2010, the Green Recruitment Company has offices in London, Edinburgh and Beijing, and it’s on a mission: “To be the pre-eminent supplier of recruitment services into the international green market place.”
A recruiting company with more than two decades’ experience, Renergy brings renewable energy clients across the UK, whether onshore or offshore, together with candidates. Recruitment consultants, like Tom Reynolds, offer everything from entry-level to senior positions, and have a broad understanding of the sector.
Shirley Parsons Associates
Specialising in health and safety recruitment, Shirley Parsons Associates has teams of recruiters, including one for the environmental and sustainability sectors.
With a deep understanding of the industries they cover, the consultants field a wide range of environment-related roles. They see themselves as matchmakers, headed by their CEO, Shirley Parsons, who has been in the consulting business for more than 30 years.
Allen & York
Since Mark Allen founded Allen & York in 1993, the sustainability recruiting firm has helped companies with conservation, environmental land management, ecology and renewable energy. Allen & York has operations across the UK, Europe and the Middle East, with many of its senior directors and managers offering 15 and more years of sector experience, knowledge and networking.
With a decade of recruiting experience, Liz Floyd has joined the Polyglot Group in Sydney. As manager of Renewable Energy and Environment, she sources and provides talent nationwide in those sectors for Australian businesses, energy project developers, government departments and international firms based in the country.
People With Energy
With three decades of bringing highly skilled talent to employers, this UK-based recruitment agency has expertise in all areas of energy production, including oil and gas, renewables and nuclear.
People With Energy consultants recruit candidates for renewable technologies roles in the UK and internationally, and include solar or onshore and offshore wind companies and projects in their client list.
Hyperion Executive Search
A member of the Energy Storage Alliance Top 100 and a Renewable Energy Association Pioneer award 2016 nominee, Hyperion Executive Search is a specialist clean energy recruitment company.
The firm’s recruiters really do know the industry from the inside out. Hyperion’s managing partner David Hunt, for instance, spent seven years as director of a multi-tech microgeneration installer and chairs the Renewable Energy Association’s Onsite Renewable and Decentralised Energy Sector Group.
Located in Birmingham, Sustain Recruitment has a network of both candidates and employers, and provides a consultative permanent recruitment service to both. The company covers the entire energy jobs market, including wind, solar and hydropower, wave and tidal energy, biomass and biofuels, and geothermal.
An independent executive search firm in Madrid, EuroGalenus includes the renewable energies sector as one of its specialities. The company was founded in 1992, and has been a member of the Association of Executive Search Consultants since 1994.
It joined executive search firm Odgers Berndtson last year, allowing it to expand into healthcare industry recruitment. EuroGalenus focuses on placing board-level and senior executives into its client organisations, with its network of employers and talent strong throughout Europe and internationally.
Shaw Energy Recruitment
The global recruiting firm mentioned earlier, Shaw Energy Recruitment (SER) has been working globally in the renewable energy market for more than a decade. Its multilingual consultants successfully place candidates across the renewable energy sector, including in solar, wind, hydro, desalination and biogas. SER’s clients include the international solar project developer Soventix, and solar turnkey solutions provider ET Solutions in Germany, among many others.
Energy Jobline, which just placed as “highly commended” in the Best Specialist Job Board section at the Global Recruiter Industry Awards 2016, provides international job listings for energy industry professionals. The online platform was launched in 2012, and quickly expanded to include renewable energy jobs, offshore placements, and power and nuclear positions offered by a range of energy and engineering firms.
A job site for energy specialists across Europe, the EuroEnergy Jobs board is used by experienced candidates in energy, engineering and science. EEJ writes that candidates tend to be multilingual, and most are willing to relocate across Europe. The categories are broken down by location (the majority being in Germany, the UK and Denmark), type (renewable energy lists 64 at the time of writing) and by level and years of experience.
Green Energy Jobs
This is a global platform for jobseekers, recruiters and employers alike to match vacancies with talent in the renewable energy sector. Green Energy Jobs uses geotagging technology so all suitable candidates within a geographical region are notified as soon as a position in that area is posted. The site is integrated with Indeed, and with 15 CRM platforms, recruiters can upload job openings easily.