Employment Opportunities

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We are currently hiring for the following position(s):

Southwest Virginia Solar VISTA

Appalachian Voices is excited to announce a new opening in our Norton, Va office. The Southwest Virginia Solar VISTA will help build capacity in Virginia’s coalfield region by playing an instrumental support role in the implementation of the Roadmap for Solar Development in Southwest Virginia. This paid VISTA position will assist Appalachian Voices and our partners to recruit, educate and include community members, small business owners, and other interested citizens to participate in this collaborative process.

The primary work of the VISTA will be to implement the community-focused goals of the Roadmap, which will likely include a residential solarization program in the region. Additionally, the VISTA will educate community members on the benefits of developing solar energy as a sustainable means of energy production and economic development. The VISTA will assist with grant writing that will fund the Roadmap development and implementation process. The VISTA will support our goal of utilizing Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) for solar development.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent life experience;
  • Ability to work out of our Norton, Virginia office on a daily basis. Preference will be given to candidates already familiar with the Southwest Virginia Coalfield region;
  • Experience with project and/or event management;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • An understanding of- or strong willingness to learn about- renewable energy policies and practices; and
  • High level of professionalism and positive attitude.


This is a paid VISTA position, with an overall compensation package worth up to $23,565.00 per year, which, in addition to a monthly stipend, includes an education award, SNAP benefits, student loan interest payments and a moving allowance. A full summary of benefits can be provided upon request.


This is a one year position with an option to renew for additional service terms. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis effective immediately. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP.

To Apply:

All applicants must apply through the My Americorps online application program. Additionally, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a resume and brief statement of intent to Adam Wells, Adam@appvoices.org. Applicants may do so prior to completing the online application process. Questions welcomed.

Appalachian Voices is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Successful candidates will be committed to the mission of Appalachian Voices and motivated to join a team of hard-working, fun-loving, caring, smart and creative colleagues. We provide competitive non-profit salaries commensurate with experience and skills.

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