Editorial Fellow

Job Locations
US-NY-New York
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
New York


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 approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. 



Position Summary

The National Audubon Society is offering a crash course in how to create an award-winning magazine and website. As a full-time paid fellow, the journalist will have the chance to be a valuable member of our team, contributing both digital and print content and getting a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be an editor at a major publication. This fellowship is a training ground for a long-term, successful career in journalism. Ideal candidates will have strong writing and communication skills as well as an interest in covering topics ranging from  science and conservation news to environmental and social justice. Immersed in the day-to-day operations, the fellow will hone the skill of creating fresh and accurate content on fast-paced deadlines and develop a stronger ability to tell longer, engaging narrative stories. The intent is for fellows to gain experience, published work, and job savvy that will help them land a staff job or launch a successful freelance career.  


The paid fellowship is approximately 35 hours per week, pays $18 an hour, and spans a period of up to six months. Typically this position is located in New York City, but due to COVID-related concerns, there is a strong possibility the beginning of the fellowship will take place remotely. Because of this, we are also open to candidates working remotely for the entire span of the fellowship. 


To apply, please upload a one-page cover letter, one-page resume and links to three to five writing samples. The links can be included in the cover letter. 

Essential Functions

  • Pitch and write articles for Audubon.org, working closely with the digital team to turn around news stories on tight deadlines while also developing longer reported pieces. May also assign and edit stories under supervision of the site editor.
  • Assist the print staff with research, story development, and fact checking while contributing written stories for various sections of Audubon magazine.
  • Dive into the backend of Audubon’s website to build stories and maintain content; explore potential tools for creating innovative new ways of telling stories.
  •  Attend and participate in weekly editorial meetings to run through stories in development and plan future coverage.
  • Help us track and expand our efforts to increase diversity among our sources, writers, and even in the topics we cover.
  • Other duties as needed and assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Graduate-level journalism classes or degree; or relevant work or field experience.
  • Experience reporting and writing journalism stories, preferably for online and in print.
  • Experience honing story ideas and promoting content through social media.
  • An avid interest in science, wildlife, and environmental issues, including how they affect birds and people.
  • Experience with multimedia and content management systems a plus.

EEO Statement

The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

Accessibility Statement

The National Audubon Society endeavors to keep our careers site accessible to any and all users.  If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact Accommodations@audubon.org. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

COVID Policy

Beginning September 15, 2021: Audubon requires all staff either to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or, if they cannot provide such proof for any reason, to wear a mask while working indoors, including in all Audubon facilities and offsite, and while working outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing. In addition, at this time and until CDC recommendations change, all staff in counties the CDC identifies as having “substantial” and “high” COVID transmission ratesmust wear masks indoors (unless alone in a closed office) and outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing regardless of vaccination status. 


This policy covers national and state offices, centers, and sanctuaries, as well as Audubon employees working offsite. Should you be selected for this position, you will be asked to acknowledge you have read the above policy and provide your vaccination status.


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