Overview

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.

EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.  

Location

This position can be located in any of EDF’s offices - Austin, Boston, New York, Raleigh, Remote - US, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. (New York City preferred), with an option of geographic flexibility for the right candidate.

Overall Function 

The Environmental Writer / Editor will join the team responsible for finding, researching, writing and occasionally editing stories for EDF’s quarterly membership magazine and annual report. They will also be part of the team charged with creating and delivering a major upcoming digital editorial initiative. Working closely with the Content, Marketing, Membership and Development teams, this person will craft memorable, people-centered stories that illuminate EDF’s successes, elevate our brand and expertise, and give our audiences the inside scoop on EDF and the most pressing environmental issues of the day. Our stories drive donations, reach new audiences and supercharge engagement with EDF’s work.

We are looking for a seasoned reporter adept at finding new stories, exploring fresh angles on well told stories and distilling complex subjects into compelling narratives for a non specialist audience. Reporting to the Senior Managing Editor, they will be both a self-starter and an enthusiastic collaborator, equally comfortable taking their own initiative and keen to work with editors and subject matter experts to hone and elevate their work. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop relationships with colleagues across the organization to surface compelling stories that resonate with our key audiences.
  • Craft engaging stories that are on brand and effective across print and digital platforms.
  • Collaborate with editors and subject matter experts to ensure all content is expertly written, researched and fact-checked and reflects EDF values; Manage revisions per feedback from editors and topic experts.
  • Tighten and cut text, making sure every word earns its place.
  • Work with designers, videographers and a photo coordinator to develop accompanying visuals (graphics, photos, videos, and other interactive formats).
  • Ensure brand style, AP style, and voice and tone rules apply to all published content.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the environmental and political landscape as it pertains to EDF’s work.
  • Ability to travel and willingness to occasionally work outside of standard office hours when deadlines and breaking news dictate.
  • Participate in advancing EDF’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • At least 6 years’ experience in environmental reporting. Experience in a marketing and/or nonprofit organization a plus.
  • Proven experience transforming complex intellectual, scientific, or academic material into compelling stories. Ability to understand nuanced subjects.
  • Familiarity with print and digital storytelling, including SEO strategies and social media platforms.
  • Experience selecting imagery and helping to develop editorial graphics and infographics.
  • Proactive and independent, yet thrives working quickly, collaboratively and responsively.
  • Meticulous about accuracy and grammar.
  • Experience with Drupal or a similar content management system is welcome.
  • Working knowledge of environmental issues preferred. Particular interest/ expertise in subjects related to EDF’s core areas of work, a plus.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Final candidates will be asked to complete a trial writing exercise, which will be a key component in the selection process.
How to Apply
Please submit your Resume and Cover Letter on our careers site.
 

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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