Lighting Installer/Technician

Brilliant NW

We’re looking for a cooperative-minded candidate member to join our lighting install team, ascending ladders and lifts to remove energy hogging lights and wire in low wattage LEDs. Ideal candidates are willing to take on shared leadership, arrange the coop work schedule, and learn our trade well enough to complete jobs safely and efficiently. As this is a member-owner track position, candidates are also invited to participate in everything else from developing business strategy to cleaning the storage spaces, while adhering to the 7 cooperative principles.

Who we are: BrilliantNW is a worker-owned, worker-managed cooperative in McMinnville, Oregon doing energy efficiency LED upgrades. BrilliantNW operates on values of Joy, Empathy, and Mastery. We strive to practice the ICA 7 cooperative principles.

Our Mission: To delight our community with “Brilliant” lighting, we listen deeply, bring our expertise, and find others to help pay for projects.

Day-to-day qualifications for this position

  • Willingness to do repetitive, but sometimes puzzlingly unique, skilled, wiring work.
  • Confidence and competence with heights, electricity, jobsite safety, and manual dexterity.
  • Orientation towards community, cooperation, and collective decision-making
  • Reviewing and understanding the jobs and repairs pipeline
  • Communicating with sales and admin members to plan jobs
  • Collaborating with the install team to schedule weekly field work
  • Engaging with clients to determine their needs and requests
  • Empathy for clients, fellow workers, and yourself

Additional opportunities for enthusiastic candidates

  • Maintain company vehicles and equipment
  • Manage and organize inventory and product
  • Support in sales, bookkeeping, and training
  • …and build your own position in a way that highlights your gifts and interests

Made it this far but aren’t sure if you qualify? Even if you haven’t worked in electrical, lighting, or building trades, you are still welcome to join us! We encourage our members to learn new skills and hone old ones; training resources and support are available, even if you’re completely new to the trade.


  • $25/hr, plus skills-based pay-scale
  • Flexible schedule
  • Variable work — never gets boring!
  • Independence and autonomy
  • Democratic workplace governance
  • Reliable transportation required during COVID19

This is a member-track position. Candidates must work towards membership eligibility in their first 2000 hours. Members are eligible for membership after 2000 hours and participation in a broad range of business operation activities. Candidates, members, and owners each receive 1 vote in day-to-day workplace governance.

We believe that supporting local organizations to operate with ecological consciousness is everybody’s work. We believe that economic self-sufficiency and cooperative ownership should be available to all people. Therefore, we encourage BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, women-identified, and people from all historically marginalized and oppressed groups to apply.

Brilliant NW offers equal employment opportunity for all classes of individuals, regardless of age, race, color, national origin, citizenship status, disability, religious creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, economic status, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law.

Application Process

  • Fill out this initial screening form to let us know why you would like to work with us. If you have questions about the position or the form, you may reach out to
  • If selected, participate in a short interview with our onboarding committee.
  • If you match our needs, complete up to 40 hours paid “work-about” to try out on the job and see if we are a good match for one another.
  • Afterwards, there will be a non-work decision period of at least 2 weeks while we decide whether to offer a candidate-member position.

Candidate-members will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Willing to engage in democratic problem solving within the group and be vulnerable
  • Personal mission matches up with our Values, Vision, and Mission
  • Demonstrates willingness to lead, install lighting and keep the team informed
  • Aligned with the 7 co-operative principles
  • Willingness to share feelings to build relationships so everyone’s needs are met.
  • Open to helping develop an innovative payscale that builds choice into career development and puts workers in charge of their own job duties, responsibilities and pay
  • Demonstrates highly pro-active communication through routine and unexpected circumstances
  • Has the bandwidth to focus on community building and personal growth
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