• Associate Editor for Conservation Policy

    Job Locations
    US-NY-New York | US-DC-Washington
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    New York
    Additional Location : City
    Additional Location : State/Province
  • Overview

    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, 23 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).



    Position Summary

    The Associate Editor for Conservation Policy is a full-time, digital-first journalism position working within Audubon’s content team to produce editorial for Audubon.org and Audubon magazine. The role will have an explicit focus on identifying smart, timely angles on policy issues affecting conservation and Audubon’s network of bird enthusiasts in particular, though there will be room to pursue other interests within the realm of bird news and science. The Associate Editor will occasionally travel across the organization’s network, including liaising with the policy team in Washington, DC.

    We are a small team doing big things, and we are looking for a motivated team member that can immediately make a positive impact. If that’s you, please include a cover letter with linked clips when applying to this position.

    Essential Functions

    • Regularly pitch, write, and edit stories ranging from news updates and explainers to features.
    • Interface with Audubon’s policy and communications teams to understand key organizational concerns and priorities.
    • Collaborate with Audubon’s art team to execute stories that are highly visual and, when possible, leverage multimedia, data journalism, and other journalistic tools.
    • Stay abreast of conservation policies and news important to the public and to the preservation of birds.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in writing, journalism, English, or a related field, or in a science or environmental field with intensive journalism experience, required. Background in science writing or environmental journalism preferred.
    • Two to three years of editorial experience at a magazine or media website, with demonstrated skill at translating wonky policy topics into compelling and highly readable stories for a general audience.
    • Ability to home in on smart, sharp editorial angles; work quickly but thoroughly; juggle multiple deadlines; and easily pivot between individual and collaborative projects.
    • Tech-savviness, including proficiency with CMS.
    • Interest in environmental issues, conservation, birds and/or birding.
    • Fluency in Spanish a plus.


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