• Senior Editor

    Job Locations
    US-NY-New York
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    New York
  • 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 Senior Editor is a full-time journalism position working within Audubon’s content team to produce editorial for Audubon.org and Audubon magazine. It’s the perfect job for a journalist with proven editing and top-editing chops, a penchant for keeping the publishing train on its tracks, and a passion for birds and conservation. The Senior Editor, while based at Audubon’s New York headquarters, may occasionally travel across the organization’s network. 

    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

    • Pitch, write, and edit stories for both Audubon magazine and Audubon.org, ranging from news updates and explainers to profiles and features.
    • Top-edit front- and back-of-the-book sections of Audubon magazine, as well as content for Audubon.org.
    • Oversee, with the production staff, the flow of copy for the print issue, including to a team of remote fact-checkers and copy editors.
    • Interface with other teams within Audubon to understand key organizational concerns and priorities.
    • Stay abreast of news important to conservation and to the preservation of birds.
    • Collaborate with Audubon’s art team to execute stories that are highly visual and, when possible, leverage multimedia, data journalism, and other journalistic tools.

    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.
    • Three to five years of editorial experience at a media outlet, including at a print magazine.
    • Sharp, incisive line-editing with ability to step back and shape the big picture.
    • Ability to home in on smart story angles, manage multiple deadlines and workflows, and easily pivot between individual and collaborative projects.
    • Tech-savviness, including proficiency with InCopy and CMS.
    • Interest in environmental issues, conservation, birds and/or birding.
    • Fluency in Spanish a plus.


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