Editorial Fellow

Job Post Information* : Posted Date 1 month ago(11/2/2023 9:00 AM)
Job Locations
US-NY-New York | US-NY
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
New York
Additional Location : State/Province


The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas towards a future where birds thrive because Audubon is a powerful, diverse, and ever-growing force for conservation. Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the hemisphere and more than 1.5 million active supporters.

North America has lost three billion birds since 1970, and more than 500 bird species are at risk of extinction across Latin America and the Caribbean. Birds act as early warning systems about the health of our environment, and they tell us that birds – and our planet – are in crisis. Together as one Audubon, we are working to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss. We do this by implementing on-the-ground conservation, partnering with local communities, influencing public and corporate policy, and building community.

Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon brings new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary

The National Audubon Society's "Audubon" magazine is offering a crash course in how to create an award-winning magazine and website. As a full-time 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 fellowship is approximately 35 hours per week and based out of Audubon's New York City headquarters, though applications for remote work are accepted and encouraged. The position spans a period of up to six months, from January to July.



$17 - $20 per hour (salary range based on geo-differentials)


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 digital editorial director.
  • Assist the print staff with research, story development, and fact-checking and contribute 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 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.


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