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Look Who’s Hiring in Appalachia

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July 16, 2024

We wanted to share a few job openings that some of our partners in the region have been promoting. Join in on the effort to make a better Appalachia for all!

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Data for Progress – Climate & Energy Program Intern Fall 2024

Location: Washington, D.C.


  • A passion for climate and energy policy
  • Interest or previous experience in conducting quantitative and/or qualitative research
  • Strong written, operational, and organizational skills 
  • Strong communications skills – you’ll be working with both internal and external partners
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse team members and stakeholders

Salary: $20/hour, 15-20 hours per week

Position Description:

  • Support quantitative and qualitative research projects to further the implementation of federal, state, and local government programs for renewable energy, carbon removal, and transmission
  • Draft survey questions, analyze survey data, and craft policy memos regarding climate and clean energy issues
  • Conduct research on community benefits agreements and embedding community and labor benefits in climate infrastructure

Learn more about the position here!

Landforce – Site Supervisors

Location: Pittsburgh, PA 15208


Must have previous land stewardship and leadership experience.
● Must be comfortable and experienced with working with and supervising a culturally,
ethnically, racially and economically diverse group of people.
● Must have strong and consistent leadership skills with a focus on leading through
patience, consistency, and personal example, familiarity with restorative practices is a
● Must be passionate about issues of social justice and environment and have some
ecological knowledge and background and hands-on experience with land stewardship.
● Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
● Certifications including National Green Infrastructure Certification, First Aid, HAZWOPER,
Chain Saw, a plus, but certification attainment can be part of professional development.
Landforce values diversity as a cornerstone to our success as an organization. We
acknowledge the differences and similarities that all employees bring to our team. We are
committed to creating an atmosphere that fully utilizes the unique capabilities of each
employee, and where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. Landforce is an Equal
Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race,
creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability, sex,
gender identity, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest
record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk on uneven,
rough and steep terrain as well as paved and unpaved trails, use hands and arms to handle and
manipulate objects, tools, or control, and operate foot controls on equipment. The employee
is frequently required to stand and occasionally sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and
crawl. This position requires an ability to navigate stairs. The employee must be able to carry
items weighing up to 50 pounds. The employee will be required to perform manual
excavation on a variety of ground surfaces. The employee may frequently be exposed to a
variety of environmental conditions including extreme cold, extreme heat, and humidity, as
well as wet and slippery conditions. Employee may be required to walk between 1 to 3 miles
to get to worksites. While outside, the employee may be exposed to direct sunlight, dust,
pollen, and equipment exhaust fumes.
The employee may travel to locations in the service area as well as other locations in and out
of the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The individual will also have close contact
with a computer screen. Weekend and evening hours may (rarely) be required to attend board
meetings, community forums, special events, and to meet specific deadlines.
● Variety of outdoor tools and equipment (shovels, hoses, rakes, hoes, mattocks, hand
clippers, wheelbarrows.)
● Basic power tools and landscaping equipment, including a chainsaw following appropriate
● Will be asked to drive organizational vehicles.
● Personal computer and printer.
● Office equipment, i.e. telephone system, fax, copier, etc.

Position Description:

The essential functions of the job include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Assist in teaching and leading stewardship work as assigned, being a model of professional
    behavior for Crew Members, stressing safety, high standards of behavior, quality results,
    and enthusiasm for the work, our partners, and the neighborhoods and green spaces in
    which our crews work.
  2. Assist in developing, supervising and enforcing Landforce’s safe use of hand tools and
    mechanical tools as we carry out land stewardship activities.
  3. Each Site Supervisor will be expected to develop skills and become knowledgeable in areas
    including invasive plant removal, planting techniques, trail construction, green
    infrastructure maintenance, tree pruning, vacant lot management, plant identification, and
    other stewardship activities as necessary in order to ensure the crew’s effective and
    successful completion of contracted work.
  4. Assign crew roles for each project, supervise crew effectiveness and follow through,
    ensuring appropriate professionalism from all crew members; meeting and exceeding all
    contract expectations including timeliness and managing quality control.
  5. Develop work plans in conjunction with the Land Stewardship and Workforce
    Development teams to ensure sufficient crew resources to meet and exceed contract
  6. Work closely with the Workforce Development team to support crew members’ transition
    to permanent family-sustaining wage jobs.
  7. Assist Director of Land Stewardship with logistical support for all Landforce projects as
  8. Nurture leadership skills amongst Crew Members encouraging and enabling them to
    become effective, capable leaders, and leading trainings when asked.
  9. Participate in weekly team and staff meetings to discuss and address Crew Member
    progress and other programmatic issues.
  10. Complete all necessary Landforce paperwork and documents as instructed by the Director
    of Land Stewardship.
  11. Ensure work sites always have the appropriate tools available for each work activity,
    including prepping vehicles the afternoon before a job.
  12. Drive organizational vehicles to safely transport crew and materials as necessary.
  13. Adhere to organization policy, procedures and the professional code of ethics.
  14. Perform other assigned duties as required for the success of the organization including,
    but not limited to, light maintenance tasks, cleaning duties, and maintaining the cleanliness
    of Landforce vehicles.

Learn more about the position here!

LiKEN – Community Engagement Coordinators

Location: Kentucky, West Virginia

Organization Description: Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN) and our partners, Kentucky Riverkeeper and Friends of the Tug Fork River, seek six full-time community organizers to work on community development projects in eastern Kentucky for the project “Community Wealth from Healthy Rivers and Forests.” Four positions will be based primarily in Clark, Madison, Estill, Lee, Leslie, Owsley and surrounding counties along the Kentucky River. Two Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) will be based in the Tug Fork River watershed, one in southern West Virginia in Mingo and McDowell Counties, and one on the Kentucky side in Pike and Martin Counties. The initial contract will be for one year, with the potential to be extended for two years.


  • A self-starter with the ability to work independently, think strategically, and be organized in a fast-paced work environment
  • Working well as a team member, with a variety of people
  • Demonstrated experience in bringing people together and guiding them toward collective action
  • Ability to complete complex assignments in a timely manner, conduct research with accuracy and attention to detail, and document activities adequately for other team members
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, especially around river and forest environments
  • Ability to work with small groups and large crowds
  • Strong speaking and writing skills
  • Skills in conflict resolution
  • Proficient with computers, Google Suite, and Microsoft Office

Salary: $35,000 – $42,000

Position Description:

  • Recruit project participants
  • Work one-on-one with landowners, connecting them to services and resources
  • Conduct research, including reading scholarly articles
  • Participate in and assist in organizing educational workshops
  • Train community members in organizing and leadership skills
  • Keep in communication with team members, partners, and project participants
  • Create action plans; plan and generate turnout for events
  • Help community members in their contacts with public officials, agencies, technical experts, and researchers and facilitate communication between them.

Learn more about the position here!

Upstream PGH – Water Equity Director

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

4-year college degree minimum
● At least 7 years of experience in one or more of the following areas: community
engagement, municipal coordination, government grants, and developing large-scale
● Experience working with diverse communities.
Other Preferred Qualifications and Attributes
● A demonstrated capacity to work independently without close oversight, while also
operating as a team player in a flexible, creative, and evolving environment.
● Knowledge of climate change, environmental issues, and climate justice/environmental
● A personal commitment to and deep understanding of UpstreamPgh’s mission and
demonstrated skills in cultural competence and a commitment to social justice.
● Energetic, outgoing, flexible, and able to thrive in a collaborative, evolving environment.
● Availability to work some evenings and weekends

Position Description:

The primary responsibilities of the Water Equity Director would involve meeting with local leaders,
community groups, municipal managers, and nonprofits to build support for addressing water and
climate injustices. This could include organizing workshops to enhance the knowledge of local
environmental justice leaders and fostering relationships and communication to advocate for
government investment in solving these issues. The director would also collaborate with existing
efforts to avoid duplicating applications and to facilitate broader collaboration, potentially
combining funding from different federal agencies for a project. Their duties would include writing
grant applications and, if successful and desired, overseeing project implementation. It’s
important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for all projects, and the Water Equity
Director will need to navigate political decisions and community needs while crafting successful
grant applications.
We have identified the following goals for the first year of the Water Equity Director position:

  1. Establish strong relationships with existing IRA resource agencies and hubs, develop
    regular communication and exchange information, and establish the Water Equity Director
    as a go-to resource for water-related projects in the region.
  2. Host a series of workshops with environmental justice community leaders, municipal
    managers, and water authorities to co-develop a list of priority projects and system
  3. Develop a learning network amongst the existing hubs and local and regional leaders (i.e.
    PWSA) in IRA project funding for water-related projects to break down any barriers.
  4. Working with our Environmental Justice Table, prioritize a people-first approach to funding
    that is resident-led, learning from their expertise and ensuring system improvements solve
    existing injustices.
  5. Identify funding opportunities, and coordinate, write, and package grant applications either
    as the applicant or on behalf of the applicant.

Salary: $75,000 – $85,000

Learn more about the position here!

Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance – Southwest PA Business & Outreach Manager

Location: Pennsylvania

Organization Description:

Be part of a tight-knit team helping to drive us toward a clean energy economy! Your employer will be the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA). KEEA includes state-focused trade groups for both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. You will perform work for KEEA but also for our sister organization, the Energy Efficiency Alliance (EEA), a 501(c)3 non-profit that educates key stakeholders about energy efficiency. Together, the EEA family of organizations engages businesses in the EE industry to champion the economic growth and jobs impact of EE, its climate impact, and opportunities for EE to play a key role in advancing a clean energy economy.


  • At least five years of professional working experience is REQUIRED. You may be five years into your career, a seasoned professional returning to work after a break, or someone with relevant life experience. 
  • Past work with municipal governments, business development or government grants is strongly preferred
  • Communication is one of your strengths. You listen attentively, are excited to engage with people individually or to deliver a presentation to a group, and you can put together a clear paragraph. 
  • You can conduct yourself professionally yet still genuinely be yourself.
  • You thrive on being organized and can keep multiple areas of responsibility moving forward at the same time and in good order.
  • Tracking information in a spreadsheet and/or a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system doesn’t scare you. We prefer some experience here but, if needed, we’ll teach you how to do it.  
  • People typically like you  — and teammates love working with you.
  • You bring a positive attitude and outlook. You take initiative and are a self-starter. 
  • Education: High School required. Additional, higher learning degrees in public policy, marketing, or other related fields are encouraged, but candidates with applicable life experience will be given equal consideration.  
  • Position requires having ongoing access to a personal vehicle in good working condition and ability and willingness to drive regionally on company business (reimbursed at current IRS mileage rates.)

Salary: $55,000 – $70,000

Position Description:

Research and Cultivate Regional Relationships – The Outreach Manager builds relationships across the region with municipal governments and with businesses in the energy efficiency and EE-adjacent industries, along with other partners and collaborators of KEEA & EEA. This involves representing the organizations at various regional events, researching and compiling information about the municipalities and businesses, creating and executing an outreach strategy, scheduling and conducting meetings, and establishing and maintaining supporting tools or systems. The Program Coordinator will organize and conduct regular events to build relationships and/or engage businesses, such as facility tours, happy hours, small seminars, or webinars.

Serve as Special Project Lead or Support – The Outreach Manager plays a critical role in supporting grant-funded projects in Western PA and overall organizational policy priorities. Currently, these involve outreach to public officials and occasional county-level meetings to advance Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE), and a variety of Workforce Development projects, along with outreach to Southwest and Northwest PA economic development officials.

For the first six to nine months, you will work heavily and primarily on helping municipalities in Southwest PA understand and access federal and state funding for energy efficiency and related clean energy upgrades in their facilities or energy-related economic development efforts in their community. It’s anticipated that as you move toward a full year on the job, some municipal duties will subside and your work will emphasize more general EE business outreach 

Shape EE Success Stories – Work closely with the Communications Manager, supporting efforts to highlight EE success stories and to engage business voices in support of EE, including activities such as: monitoring SWPA media for EE businesses’ successes to showcase and recruiting story subjects throughout your interactions.

Learn more about the position here!

Solar Navigators – Solar United Neighbors

Location: Remote


Minimum 2 years of community organizing or community engagement experience.
Residence within 2 hours of the Florida Miami/Dade Metro Area.
Spanish fluency.
Strong communication, research, and analysis skills.
Attention to detail.
Comfortable engaging diverse stakeholders in a culturally sensitive manner.
Interest in distributed solar energy access.
Ability to work remotely, with frequent in-state travel.
Preferred Qualifications
Knowledge of Florida and southeastern US energy issues.
Experience in a nonprofit, social services, government, energy assistance, weatherization, or climate sector.
Experience in customer service and working with volunteers.
Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.
Experience with Salesforce, Teams, or Slack.

Salary: $45,000.00 – $55,000.00

Position Description:

  • Job responsibilities include:
  • Program Coordination
    • Build trust and rapport with clients and support them through the solarization process.
    • Orient prospective clients into program, including conducting solar welcome series and other education modules.
    • Respond to current and prospective program participants’ questions in the Go Solar and pilot programs.
    • Identify and direct key participant inquiries to the recommended resource or action step in the solar process.
    • Connect solar homeowners to advocacy, storytelling, and engagement opportunities with SUN.
    • Support collection of homeowner solar stories and media engagement with ethical story or narrative approaches
  • Community Engagement & Outreach
    • Promote the solar co-op and LMI programs in the local and regional community.
    • Work with state and national team members to develop and maintain strategic partnerships that help promote programs and serve participant needs.
    • Attend community events to promote SUN’s pilot programs.
    • Ensure outreach materials are accessible, culturally sensitive, and equitable.
  • Administrative
    • Review client applications to determine program eligibility.
    • Provide client outcome information to state and national leadership and assist in determining emerging impact on programs.
    • Create, compile, and process homeowner agreements, project documents, and other client communication.
    • Update program tracking and scope of work documents as needed.
    • Respond to program inquiries via email, phone, and in-person as appropriate.
    • Assist with government and foundation grant reporting.

Learn more about the Solar Navigator West position here

and the Solar Navigator Atlantic Southeast position here!

Living CarbonLand Partnerships Lead

Organization Description: Living Carbon is a public benefit corporation with a mission to responsibly rebalance the planet’s carbon cycle using the inherent power of plants. We believe that gigaton scale CO2 drawdown will only happen if solutions are both beneficial to the environment and profitable to landowners. We’ve developed photosynthesis-enhanced seedlings that capture carbon faster on underperforming and degraded land. In addition to improving carbon capture rates we are also working on extending the durability of nature based sequestration. We’re backed by some of the most prominent investors in Silicon Valley including Temasek, Toyota, Felicis Ventures, Y Combinator, and Chris Sacca of LowerCarbon Capital.

Location: West Virginia


  • Be familiar with the benefits of, and options for energy efficiency monitoring and upgrades  within West Virginia. 
  • Be acquainted with our allies at WV Citizens Action Education Fund, WV Solar United Neighbors,  West Virginians for Energy Freedom, West Virginia Environmental Council and WV Sierra Club. • Have familiarity with WV Public Service Commission processes, and recent decisions re: electric  rate increases, and coal fired power plant issues. 
  • Have familiarity with, or training/certification in building energy usage analysis, and energy  efficiency upgrade planning.  

Salary: $20 per hour, (negotiable to experienced candidates); 20 hours to 30 hours per  week; work log required. Mileage and travel expenses will be reimbursed when attending  community or municipal meetings, or when meeting one on one with property owners,  potential allied businesses, etc.

Position Description:

Priority tasks will include:  

  • 5-10 calls per week to community leaders in WV 
  • Working with other EEWV and allied representatives to make plans for community meetings
  • Attendance at some or all community meetings 
  • Follow up phone calls after meetings 
  • Maintenance of a spreadsheet of contacts and work log

Learn more about the position here!

Bethlehem Farm – House Manager

Organization Description: Bethlehem Farm is an intentional Catholic community in Appalachia that transforms lives through service in the local community and the teaching of sustainable practices.

Location: Summers County, West Virginia


  • Volunteer supervision, cooking for large groups, open to living in committed community life

Salary: Room and Board, health insurance, monthly stipend, eligible for Americorps

Position Description:

  • With Director supervision and Community accountability, the House Manager coordinates the use and upkeep of the farm house, including meal preparation, planning, and oversight of daily chores. The House Manager is responsible for supervising home crews and maintaining a clean, sanitary home environment. Additional responsibilities:
  • Participating in caretaker meetings
  • Planning prayer as assigned
  • Maintaining upkeep and repair of buildings and farm grounds
  • Interacting with volunteers, participating in group weeks as a role model
  • Maintaining professional boundaries
  • Performing regular self and group evaluations

Learn more about the position here!