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Tennessee Grassroots Organizing Assistant

The intern will serve as part of our Tennessee Energy Democracy team, will work closely with our Tennessee team and grassroots group, PVEC Member Voices, to increase member involvement throughout the Powell Valley Electric Co-op service area.

Intern activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Attending and taking minutes at all PVEC Member Voices meetings
  • Assisting members with website and Facebook maintenance
  • Contributing to monthly newsletter production
  • Updating the campaign outreach database
  • Coordinating and conducting outreach for community workshops
  • Researching electric co-op best practices and other topics as needed by the group
  • Growing the group’s member base via one-on-one outreach
  • Tracking and tabling at relevant events throughout the service area
  • Writing or contributing to blogs for Appalachian Voices’ Front Porch Blog

Requires 15 hrs/week commitment, on average. Compensation $15/hr. The internship will start immediately and last through the end of January.


  • Passionate about community empowerment in the Appalachian region
  • Great communication skills- ability to make cold calls a huge plus
  • Ability to compromise/work well with people from a wide range of opinions and backgrounds
  • Organizational skills (highly detail-oriented)
  • Sense of humor
  • Use of Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, etc.) or willingness to learn
  • Self-starter that can work independently
  • Use of Facebook and/or WordPress
  • Writing skills and/or an interest in blogging
  • Member-owner of Powell Valley Electric Cooperative

To Apply

Please send your resume and letter of interest to Tennessee Campaign Manager Bri Knisley at brianna@appvoices.org to apply. Please make the subject line of the email “Grassroots Organizing Intern.”

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About Appalachian Voices
Appalachian Voices is a nonprofit advocacy organization that works to achieve an Appalachia with healthy, intact ecosystems and advance a just transition to a generative and equitable clean energy economy. We have 30 staff members located in offices in Boone, N.C., Charlottesville, Va., Norton, Va., Knoxville, Tenn., and Durham, N.C.

Commitment to equity
Appalachian Voices is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion both in our work and in our organizational structure. We seek applicants who share and exhibit these principles. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure staff and interns and applicants for those positions are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

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