Career Opportunities

Sundog Solar is a locally-owned solar company that offers a highly competitive pay structure that allows our smart, educated employees to make a fair living wage. We are a full-service solar energy design and installation company serving Central, Midcoast, and Downeast Maine.

Founded in 2009, Sundog is dedicated to making solar power affordable and available to Maine homeowners, businesses, organizations, and municipalities. As a company committed to excellent customer service, the client experience is a top priority throughout the entire project, from start to finish. Sundog Solar has experienced rapid growth since opening its doors in 2009 which translates to multiple opportunities for the right individual.

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Sundog Solar designs and installs quality solar energy systems, utilizing the highest standards in the industry. Sundog installs a wide variety of technologies including commercial and residential grid-tied photovoltaic solar, battery-based PV, solar water heating, mini-splits, and hybrid heat pump water heaters, and electric vehicle charging stations.

As a team-oriented business with close employees, the team relies on one another to deliver and develop the most professional project engineering, design, and installations possible. Sundog Solar is hiring like-minded, highly motivated individuals who are dedicated to clean energy development. Interested individuals should be comfortable in a fast-paced, environment requiring an ability to multitask. Each member of our team fills a critical role on a daily basis.

Job Openings for Qualified Applicants at Sundog Solar:

Solar Technical Sales Associate

Description of the Position: 

The Solar Technical Sales Associate will work with homeowners, municipalities, schools, organizations, and businesses to foster relationships throughout the community leading to greater energy independence. The solar specialist will contact existing warm leads via email and phone, conduct solar energy surveys of their properties, and design solar energy systems. Collaborating with office and engineering staff to ensure a smooth installation is crucial for a seamless customer experience and building long-term relationships.

The territory is greater Maine, with 90% of the work occurring within 1.5 hours of Searsport. This position also occasionally includes community outreach about solar energy in Maine, attending trade shows, and giving presentations.

Compensation: base hourly + commission

Qualifications:

  • One year experience working in the Solar Industry or related college degree
  • Technical design and engineering knowledge and experience
  • Knowledge of solar energy and electrical systems
  • NABCEP certification, State Master Electrical license, or PE license preferred 
  • An understanding of solar incentives, ROI, payback period, and financing solar energy
  • An ability to draft solar energy proposals to potential customers
  • Strong communication, customer service, time management, and organizational skills
  • Excellent ability to listen to customers and understand their needs
  • An ability to work as a team and follow safety procedures and guidelines
  • Computer skills using CRM (Copper) software, Google Drive, Solar Design Software, Project Management Software, Quickbooks and spreadsheets
  • A college degree is preferred, with training in engineering, design, or electrical systems
  • Self-motivated with an ability to prioritize tasks
  • Strong people skills
  • Well organized

 

Sundog Solar offers:

  • Professional and friendly work environment with personal and professional growth opportunities
  • A fun team of dedicated employees on a mission to create positive change through megawatts of high quality solar installations
  • Competitive hourly wages 
  • Performance Incentives
  • Paid holidays
  • This is a full-time position at 40 hours per week
  • Up to 5 hours of overtime may be needed occasionally
  • Company vehicle available for site surveys
  • Immediate start available

 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume.

Qualified applicants only, please submit a resume with references to: Info@sundog.solar with the subject line: “Qualified Solar Technical Sales Associate Applicant” or submit an application to: Sundog Solar, PO Box 465, Searsport, ME 04974

A detailed job description is available to candidates selected for an interview. Position will remain open until filled.

Full-time Journeyman or Master Electrician

Full-time  Licensed Electrician

Sundog Solar seeks Full-Time Licensed Electricians to join our team as an Electrician specializing in Residential and Commercial electrical installations of Grid-Tied and Off-Grid Solar Electric systems and other renewable energy systems. Our growing solar company offers opportunities for advancement.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate high professional standards, a strong interest in renewable energy, and will be comfortable communicating with customers and be computer proficient. Preference will be given to licensed electricians.
Candidates should be physically located in the region where Installations are concentrated, in coastal, island, interior, and Southern areas of Maine. Candidates from New England who are interested in relocating to Maine are strongly encouraged to apply.

Additional requirements of the job include the ability to lift up to 100 lbs, and the ability to work efficiently on rooftops. In addition to having the capability to operate company vehicles and equipment in order to travel to job sites as needed, the candidate must have access to an insured personal vehicle for travel and maintain a valid drivers license.

Qualified applicants only, please submit a resume with references to: Sarah@sundog.solar with the subject line: “Qualified Electrician Applicant” or submit application to: Sundog Solar, PO Box 465, Searsport, ME 04974

A detailed job description is available to candidates selected for an interview. Position will remain open until filled.

As a Master Electrician working for Sundog Solar, your primary responsibilities will be the following:

Have a current Master Electricians license in the state of Maine.
Be responsible for the AC and/or DC side of residential and commercial solar projects.

Solar Electric Systems/grid tied:

Secure necessary permits for residential and commercial work.
Make any arrangements with the utility company prior to installation date.
Lead AC installation including: balance of system (BOS) layout, inverter installation, conduit and wiring, service disconnects, grid intertie, voltage testing, and ensuring compliance with all NEC and AHJ requirements for solar systems.
Oversee the roof mounting of solar modules by other crewmembers.
Grid tied with battery backup systems, install and connect batteries to system.

Solar Electric Systems/off grid:

Installation including: balance of system (BOS) layout, inverter installation, conduit and wiring, service disconnects, charge controllers, voltage testing, and ensuring compliance with all NEC and AHJ requirements for solar systems.
Connect solar array(s) and module strings to charge controller and then to inverter.
Oversee the roof mounting of solar modules by other crewmembers
Install and connect batteries to system

Mini-split heat pumps:

Run 20amp and 30amp circuits for Multi-Zone and Single Zone systems including breakers, emt and GFI disconnects.

Electrician should also be able to comfortably lift 75lbs, climb ladders.
Must possess excellent teamwork skills
Licensed Electrician demonstrates commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace
Travel may be required

Compensation:
Position is full time
Pay range and benefits commensurate with experience

 

Qualified applicants only, please submit a resume with references to: Info@sundog.solar with the subject line: “Qualified Solar Electrician Applicant” or submit an application to: Sundog Solar, PO Box 465, Searsport, ME 04974

Full-time Entry Level Solar Installer

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Job Description

Sundog Solar is a full-service solar energy design and installation company serving Central, Midcoast, and Downeast Maine. Founded in 2009, Sundog is dedicated to making solar power affordable and available to Maine homeowners, businesses, organizations, and municipalities. As a company committed to excellent customer service, the client experience is a top priority throughout the entire project, from start to finish. Sundog Solar has experienced rapid growth since opening its doors which translates to multiple opportunities for the right individual.

ABOUT THE POSITION:
Duties include loading/unloading equipment, staging and ladder work, using hand tools and carrying equipment on rooftops.

This will be a full-time, long-term position for the right candidate.

Roles and Responsibilities of Solar Installers:
Assist with overall crew and job site safety.
Assist the Lead Solar Installer with installations.
Assist with project loading to ensure all necessary materials and tools arrive on the job site.
Assist with overall crew and job site safety.
Assist with general site preparation and clean up

Critical Skills/Expectations:

  • Able to comfortably lift 50 lbs, climb ladders, work on roofs in varying hot and cold temperatures
  • Good communication with others and an ability to work as part of a team
  • Familiar with hand tools and basic construction techniques
  • Comfortable working on roofs and is not afraid of heights

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $14.00 – $16.00 per hour

Qualified applicants only, please submit a resume with references to: info@sundog.solar with the subject line: “Qualified Solar Technician Applicant” or submit an application to: Sundog Solar, PO Box 465, Searsport, ME 04974

Full-Time Senior Solar Installer

This person will work as a member of the Sundog Solar team installing residential, commercial, and municipal solar energy systems. The ideal candidate has high professional standards, a basic technical understanding of solar electric design, and experience installing solar energy systems.

This person is comfortable communicating with customers and is proficient with computers in mac and windows. The ideal candidate is organized, open to collaborating with members of the Sundog Solar team, and works well with others. Preference will be given to solar installers who are Licensed Electricians and those who have completed NABCEP certification or are currently in NABCEP training.

Candidates should reside in the region where installations are concentrated, in coastal, island, interior and Southern areas of Maine. Candidates from New England who are interested in relocating to Maine are encouraged to apply.

Additional requirements of the job include the ability to lift up to 80 lbs, and the ability to work efficiently on rooftops. In addition to having the capability to operate company vehicles and equipment in order to travel to job sites as needed, the candidate must have access to an insured personal vehicle for travel and maintain a valid driver’s license.

 

Qualifications:

  • Prior solar energy installation experience
  • Ability to lift 80 lbs.
  • NABCEP certification, State Master Electrical license
  • Strong communication skills with coworkers and customers
  • Ability to collaborate with members of the Sundog Solar teams

 

Sundog Solar offers:

  • Professional and friendly work environment with personal and professional growth opportunities
  • Competitive hourly wages
  • Paid holidays
  • This is a full-time position at 40 hours per week
  • Up to 5 hours of overtime may be needed occasionally
  • Company vehicles available for daily work schedules
  • Immediate start available

Qualified applicants only, please submit a resume with references to: Info@sundog.solar with the subject line: “Qualified Solar Technician Applicant” or submit an application to: Sundog Solar, PO Box 465, Searsport, ME 04974

A detailed job description is available to candidates selected for an interview. The position will remain open until filled.

Solar Design Engineer

It will be your responsibility to support Sundog Solar and our sales associates with accurate design and engineering tasks related to our projects in a timely manner and within company parameters.  Other responsibilities will include detailed clarification on scopes of work for project management, in coordination and collaboration with office management, office administrative staff, field operations management, and crew leads.  Your position will be vital to each and every project that you are involved with creating outstanding project design and engineering and delivering a seamless customer experience and building long-term relationships.

Job Responsibilities: Solar Design Engineer (not limited to):

      • Provide engineering services for solar PV projects ranging in scale from 1kW-2MW). These services include designing and drafting, energy performance modeling, project estimating

      • Talk with customers and engineers to assess equipment needs and to determine system requirements

      • Collaborate with sales teams to understand customer requirements and provide sales design support

      • Help clients solve problems with installed equipment

      • Coordinate with manufacturers to provide construction-ready plans and details for installations utilizing autocad design software

      • Originate Solar PV designs with various PV design software

      • Provide solar technical consulting expertise to clientele as needed to address immediate needs or long-term strategies

      • Create and maintain project documentation related to project design and development

      • Communicate with project development and project management teams to coordinate design requirements and scheduling

      • Processing of site assessment data for final system design, including shading, structural, visual and electrical analysis

      • Calculating structural integrity of different mounting arrangements

      • Creating structural diagrams with required material details for solar PV system installations in accordance with National Building Codes, utility interconnection requirements and local building departments as necessary

      • Assembling and evaluating accuracy of permit plans

      • Create single line and three line drawings as necessary, including monitoring and communication systems with CAD

      • Create site maps for project development utilizing CAD software

      • Create new PV sites within various PV system monitoring portals for customers view and troubleshooting

      • Maintain active knowledge on various solar technologies

      • Perform design calculations related to string sizing, voltage drop, current capacity, overcurrent protection, wire sizing, etc.

      • Design flush roof mounted, ballast mounted, carport/canopy, fixed tilt ground mounted, and single-axis and dual-axis tracker systems

      • Know Federal, State, and Local ordinance and regulations required to design systems that will pass all required applications and inspections

      • Work with 3rd party structural engineers to perform structural analysis on buildings to determine roof load bearing capacity

      • Work with outside engineering firms to get drawings PE stamped as necessary

      • Work with outside engineering firms for the preparation of civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, erosion & sediment control plans, and other necessary services outside of in house engineering capabilities for projects

      • Assist installation team with remote technical support and onsite support as needed

      • Assist with the creation of detailed Scope of Work Statements as needed for subcontractors

      • Review plansets by the drafting team and provide feedback and corrections as necessary

      • Complete technical analysis of utility bills and demand data to determine savings data and appropriate system sizing

      • Travel as necessary to perform job related functions that require being in the field

      • Perform computer simulations of PV system performance and energy production to optimize efficiency

      • Excellent customer service skills

      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

      • Excellent organizational and time management skills

      • Proficient knowledge and understanding of the NEC codes that relate to PV installations

      • Must have a clean driving record

      • Must have a valid driver’s license

      • Thrive in a team environment

Sundog Solar offers:
  • Professional and friendly work environment with personal and professional growth opportunities
  • Competitive hourly wages
  • Paid holidays
  • This is a full-time position at 40 hours per week
  • Up to 5 hours of overtime may be needed occasionally
  • Company vehicles available for daily work schedules
  • Immediate start available

Qualified applicants only, please submit a resume with references to: Info@sundog.solar with the subject line: “Solar Design Engineer” or submit an application to: Sundog Solar, PO Box 465, Searsport, ME 04974

A detailed job description is available to candidates selected for an interview. The position will remain open until filled.

Service Manager

As a critical member of the Sundog Solar team, we look forward to your commitment to deliver outstanding quality customer service, phenomenal communication, extraordinary perceptive insights on employee and customer relationships, quality craftsmanship in your day to day tasks and professional team collaboration throughout all aspects of your role at Sundog. 

Your position will grow into a vital role supporting Sundog’s customers and our engineering and installation teams in problem solving and fixing all service related work in a timely manner and within company parameters.  Other responsibilities will include product warranty return paperwork and processing as well as labor warranty processing and tracking.  You will be responsible for managing the development of Sundog’s annual service maintenance scopes of work, contract management with individual customers and customer/crew scheduling of scheduled annual maintenance.  It will be critical for you to work closely in coordination and collaboration with office management, office administrative staff, engineering, field operations management, sales, and crew leads in achieving timely and efficient service work.  Your position will be vital to each and every project that you are involved with creating a seamless customer experience, delivering and building upon long-term customer relationships. Responsiveness is key!

It will be your responsibility to support Sundog Solar in all aspects of service work related to any of the systems and projects that Sundog Solar works on,  managing the delivery of both corrective and preventive maintenance services to Sundog’s fleet of over 1,000 residential and commercial solar PV customer installations and HP customer installations.  

Job Responsibilities (not limited to):

  • Offsite Monitoring and troubleshooting of individual photovoltaic systems
  • Coordination of onsite troubleshooting with Sundog Service Technicians
  • Onsite manufacturing tech support and troubleshooting
  • Fixing and repairing any service related issues within your capabilities
  • Scheduling service work with management, customers and work crews
  • Help clients remotely solve problems with installed equipment where possible
  • Coordinate with manufacturers to provide technical support on service related issues
  • Primary Responsibilities:
  • Effectively manage the financial and operational performance of the service department
  • Evaluate the efficiency of business service related procedures according to organizational objectives and implement appropriate improvements
  • Collaborate with the team to develop Standard Operating Procedures for continuous process documentation and improvement
  • Perform remote troubleshooting with customers over email and on the phone to attempt to identify root causes and solve issues which can be remotely resolved
  • Manage all aspects of customer annual service contracts and scopes of work performed within
  • Manage solar preventive maintenance (O&M) customer and partner relationships and contract obligations
  • Leverage Sundog’s customer service ticketing system to maintain detailed documentation of service work performed, findings, and results on a per-incident basis
  • Determine warranty vs. charge-ability of service work on a per-incident basis, as well as develop price quotes and estimates for chargeable work
  • Collaborate with existing warehouse teams to facilitate a streamlined shipping and receiving process for service products
  • Provide input and clarity on project management and CRM software tracking of service issues and products
  • Develop and maintain vendor relationships for warranty claim resolution
  • File and track warranty claims with vendors
  • Complete Return merchandise authorizations (RMA), and insurance claims
  • Communicate with Accounting team regarding AR/AP with clarifying documentation for billing
  • Set up shipments with freight companies
  • Manage lead times and keep CRM up to date with accurate timing of parts shipment
  • Effectively manage and prioritize service management tasks with other time-sensitive tasks and responsibilities that need to be addressed
  • Additional responsibilities as needed
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Proficient knowledge and understanding of the NEC codes that relate to PV installations
  • Create new Monitoring portals with physical and logical layouts for all photovoltaic installations

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Exceptional people skills
  • Be a great listener
  • Strong work ethic
  • Be a self-motivator
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to create processes
  • Use standard software tools. Email, phone, CRMs
  • A friendly and energetic personality with customer service focus
  • Ability to perform under pressure and address complaints in a timely and respectful manner to the customer
  • Must have a clean driving record
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Be able to communicate clearly with all working departments

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable — more reliable than spontaneous
  • People-Oriented — enjoys interacting with people and solving problems.
  • Achievement-Oriented — enjoys taking on challenges
  • Autonomous/Independent — enjoys working with little direction
  • Innovative — prefers working in unconventional ways or on tasks that require creativity

Sundog Solar offers:

  • Professional and friendly work environment with personal and professional growth opportunities
  • Competitive hourly wages
  • Paid holidays
  • This is a full-time position at 40 hours per week
  • Up to 5 hours of overtime may be needed occasionally
  • Company vehicles available for daily work schedules
  • Immediate start available

Qualified applicants only, please submit a resume with references to: Info@sundog.solar with the subject line: “Service Manager” or submit an application to: Sundog Solar, PO Box 465, Searsport, ME 04974

A detailed job description is available to candidates selected for an interview. The position will remain open until filled.

Controller

  • Sundog Solar has experienced rapid growth since opening its doors in 2009 and now has nearly 30 employees. As a leader in the Solar energy community we are ready for the next phase of growth. 

    We look forward to you becoming a key member of the Sundog Solar Team by playing a key role in developing and implementing financial strategies. Reporting to the Owner, Controller will oversee and manage reporting systems and controls, oversee job-costing, inventory, payroll, human resources, sales commissions and relevant financial data that is helpful in running the business. As a true strategist, this person will be a HANDS-ON executive who will ensure the Sundog Solar has a solid financial foundation and will assess organizational performance against the Sundog Solar’s near-term and long-term financial goals. 

    The Controller will oversee and manage all aspects of: financial planning & analysis, tax, treasury, and audit for all companies relating to Sundog Solar. 

    Major Responsibilities (not limited to):

    • Support the execution of its strategy and assist in driving well-defined targets; establish metrics and systems that maintain accountability and manage risks. Lead a rigorous and disciplined annual planning and forecasting process to provide analytical insight and direction to management decision makers, while dually ensuring that aggressive yet realistic plans are established.
    • Working with the Owner and private equity, ensure that the company develops and maintains an optimal capital structure, minimizing the cost of capital while maintaining financial flexibility.
    • Lead and manage the company’s treasury function, including financings and cash management activities.
    • Lead and manage the company’s accounting, control and tax function. Ensure that the company maintains adequate financial and non-financial controls and that it leverages information technology in the accumulation, analysis, interpretation and distribution of financial information.
    • Ensure that all levels of the company, and external constituents, are provided with accurate, timely and relevant financial reporting to run the business.

    Minor Responsibilities: 

    • Prepare and process monthly sales tax reports to the State of Maine. Reconcile reported sales to the P&L sales income statement and the spreadsheet of reported sales. 
    • Record timesheets daily in Quickbooks. Process payroll bi-weekly, job-costing time. Process W-2’s and submission to the SSA. Process Annual 1099’s and submission to the IRS. Process bi-weekly Worker’s Compensation reports and payments along with job-cost premiums. Reconcile monthly health care payroll deductions and premiums. Track various employee benefits. 
    • Reconcile bank accounts daily. Reconcile bank and credit card statements monthly. 
    • Prepare and process General Journal Entries.
    • Provide data for general liability, sales, sub-contractors and workers compensation insurance audits. 
    • Prepare financial statements quarterly. Process end of year accounting transactions for CPA, including accruals and reconciliation of Balance Sheets accounts. 
    • Maintain complete books for Solar Arrays companies. Invoice quarterly based on kwh produced. 

    Ideal candidates will have:

    • A higher degree in Accounting or relevant experience. 
    • An understanding of inventory or construction job costing
    • Strong proficiency in Quickbooks and other Accounting programs. 
    • Attention to detail
    • Ability to create best processes and systems

    This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

    • Dependable — lives less than 30 minutes from Searsport
    • People-Oriented — enjoys interacting with people and solving problems.
    • Achievement-Oriented — enjoys taking on challenges
    • Autonomous/Independent — enjoys working with little direction
    • Innovative — prefers working in unconventional ways or on tasks that require creativity

Sundog Solar offers:

  • Professional and friendly work environment with personal and professional growth opportunities
  • Competitive hourly wages
  • Paid holidays
  • This is a full-time position at 40 hours per week
  • Up to 5 hours of overtime may be needed occasionally
  • Company vehicles available for daily work schedules
  • Immediate start available

Qualified applicants only, please submit a resume with references to: Info@sundog.solar with the subject line: “Controller” or submit an application to: Sundog Solar, PO Box 465, Searsport, ME 04974

A detailed job description is available to candidates selected for an interview. The position will remain open until filled.

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