Employment Opportunity: Research and Development Engineer (Closed)

Since 1976, the non-profit Aprovecho Research Center has been a world leader in sharing open-source design and testing technologies and services for improved biomass cookstoves to reduce the health, climate, and livelihood impacts of cooking with biomass over open fires, currently still practiced by 2.5 billion people in the world. Most famous for the Winiarski “rocket stove” which has been implemented extensively by grassroots and multinational organizations alike, Aprovecho is known for user-friendly, easily disseminated, and freely shared technologies to improve cookstove designs and testing facilities around the world. We are now seeking a self-motivated, intellectually curious, committed humanitarian and engineer to join us in this effort to expand our work into cordwood heating stoves on a grant funded by the US Department of Energy. 

Aprovecho is situated on a beautiful campus in the coastal forests of rural Cottage Grove, Oregon. We have a long history of practice in sustainability, organic gardening, permaculture, and appropriate technology. This position is in-person only and may require some local and international travel.

Aprovecho is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in its programs or activities. Please contact Nordica with any concerns. 

Job Title: Research and Development Engineer

Appointment: Full-Time

Target Start Date (negotiable): Closed

Full consideration Date: Closed


  • Executing experiments and maintaining/calibrating equipment
  • Fabrication of prototypes
  • Data analysis
  • Potential travel locally and globally for field testing

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or chemical engineering or closely related field
  • Demonstrated commitment to engineering for social good
  • Fabrication experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in mechanical or chemical engineering or related field
  • Demonstrated experience in laboratory setting
  • Experience with metal fabrication

Salary Range: $45 to $65k per year plus PTO

When applying please send an email to employment@aprovecho.org and attach the following electronic documents: 1) A cover letter indicating career goals and how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position; 2) A resume/CV; 3) A portfolio of past projects; and 4) A list of at least three professional references with name, title, and contact information (email and phone)