Entry-level Editor

Posted On: April 29, 2015

Journalism Job

Media Organization: National Audubon Society

Company Description

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Job Description

What’s the untold story behind the BP spill? Will we ever come to our senses about climate change? Do birds have bellybuttons? If these are the types of questions that keep you up at night, we may have a job for you.

Audubon is on the hunt for a dynamic, quick-thinking editor to fill an associate or assistant-level editorial position (commensurate with experience) for our flagship magazine, Audubon, and newly launched website, audubon.org. The ideal candidate will have impressive writing and editing chops, the ability to independently manage a front-of-the-book section, and two to five years' experience as a science writer and/or editor. Above all, she or he will be a master at turning stories about the environment and wildlife conservation into must-reads. Knowledge of wildlife and birds is a plus.

Essential Functions:

The Associate Editor manages five key functions of the content department’s editorial efforts:

-Assigns and edits front-of-the-book and Web stories
-Works with assistant editor(s) and interns to develop and edit pieces for print and Web
-Contributes ideas and research to the overall editorial effort
-Conceives and packages special web stories and multi-media projects
-Tracks budgets and performs other logistical support tasks as requested

Qualifications and Experience:

-Bachelor’s degree in Communications, science journalism or related field; Master’s preferred
-2+ years of experience in science journalism and/or editing
-Journalist with experience in writing/editing stories about science and the environment
-An interest in environmental issues, birds, and wildlife
-The ability to pinpoint exciting story ideas that are ideal for Audubon’s audience
-Ability to package daily news content into compelling stories formatted for the Web
-Experience with content management systems

To Apply


Note: In addition to resume, please upload a cover letter and writing samples (include as part of cover letter attachment).