Employment Opportunities

We are currently hiring for the following positions:


Associate Editor of The Appalachian Voice / Communications Associate

The Communications Associate at Appalachian Voices educates the public about regional environmental issues through journalistic writing and other communications outlets. As the Associate Editor of our bimonthly newspaper, The Appalachian Voice, this position is focused on writing, editing and assisting with the print and web publication process. This entry-level position is based in our Boone, N.C., office.

The Communications Associate will also mentor interns and assist the communications team with various projects that could include blog posts, hosting webinars or leading classroom presentations. Note: At this time, it’s uncertain whether this will be a full-time permanent position or a one-year contract with potential for renewal. Applicants will be notified when that information is available.

Responsibilities include:

  • planning, researching, writing and editing articles for The Appalachian Voice;
  • participating in the publication process, including copy-editing and basic design tasks;
  • identifying and researching potential stories;
  • assisting with upload and maintenance of the online edition of The Appalachian Voice;
  • managing the calendar of events for various communications channels;
  • helping to manage and recruit Voice/communications interns;
  • managing the organization’s monthly page in the Mountain Times newspaper;
  • contributing to organizational communications such as blogs, social media and web content.

Qualifications include:

  • a bachelor’s degree (prefer journalism, communications, English or other writing-intensive major, or someone with an Appalachian or environmentally focused major who possesses strong writing skills);
  • at least one year of journalism writing experience in a college or professional setting;
  • excellent writing skills and an affinity for writing;
  • excellent editing and copyediting skills (hands-on experience with copy-editing preferred);
  • excellent research and interview skills;
  • a strong work ethic and reliable organizational skills;
  • excellent time management skills and ability to work well in a fast-paced setting;
  • a knowledge of or willingness to learn about newspaper design and editing;
  • knowledge of Adobe design programs or other design software a plus;
  • knowledge of or willingness to learn about blogs and writing for the internet;
  • knowledge of or willingness to learn about the region’s cultural heritage and environmental issues impacting Appalachian communities;
  • a well-developed sense of humor.

For priority consideration, interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume and at least three writing samples to editor@appvoices.org by May 31, 2017. Please put “Associate Editor” in the subject line.

Appalachian Voices is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


AmeriCorps Energy Savings Outreach Associate (2 positions)

These positions are eleven-month service programs through AmeriCorps Project Conserve.

The primary responsibility of the Energy Savings Outreach Associate will be to plan, organize, manage and conduct community education and outreach activities in rural Appalachian communities in western North Carolina—communities served by rural electric cooperatives.

Such activities will include and/or require: group and individual education and outreach (including providing presentations and workshops); planning and managing outreach activities in our respective target communities; volunteer outreach and management; development and distribution of print and digital materials; publishing relevant blogs and newsletters; managing other social media activities that support and promote the campaign; and assisting in development of volunteer outreach and management strategy for distribution of The Appalachian Voice, Appalachian Voices news periodical.

The overall purpose of such activities will be to expand awareness and understanding of the need for and benefits of residential energy efficiency improvements and to generate awareness of and demand for “on-bill” energy efficiency finance programs to be developed by rural electric cooperatives in western North Carolina.

The service term runs Sept. 5, 2017 through July 31, 2018. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2017.

For a complete listing of job requirements, qualifications, benefits, and to apply, visit the links below:

Are you a student or recent graduate? Check out our list of internships in our Boone, N.C., and Charlottesville, Va., offices!

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.

Are you a student or recent graduate? Check out our list of internships in our Boone, N.C., and Charlottesville, Va., offices!