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We’re hiring an editor to ramp up our coverage of Indigenous-led conservation

The Narwhal is searching for an editor to join our team and lead our growing coverage of Indigenous-led conservation

Location: Anywhere in Canada

Hours: 15 to 26 hours/week

Salary: $65,000-$80,000 FTE

Type: Permanent

Deadline: Jan. 26, 2023

Who are we?

The Narwhal is an award-winning online magazine that publishes in-depth and investigative journalism about the natural world in Canada. 

Think of us as part newsroom, part non-profit and part start-up. As a non-profit, reader-funded news organization, our goal isn’t to sell advertising or to please corporate bigwigs — it’s to bring evidence-based news and analysis to the surface for all Canadians. We’re leading a revolution in public-interest journalism that is reinvigorating the relationship between readers and the reporters who hustle on their behalf — and we want you to join us.

The storytellers in any society hold tremendous power. At The Narwhal, we recognize that this power represents both a privilege and a responsibility and we aim to use this power for the public good. The Narwhal is working to build an inclusive and equitable team that reflects the communities we serve. We know environmental journalism needs to be grounded in respect for Indigenous Knowledge and Indigenous rights and must centre Indigenous voices. You are encouraged to apply if you are First Nations (status or non-status), Inuit or Métis.

About the gig

Since The Narwhal’s launch in 2018, we have been committed to publishing compelling, context-rich and culturally informed reporting on Indigenous-led conservation. While our journalism on this topic has won multiple awards, so far our coverage has been piecemeal and hasn’t done a good enough job of helping readers understand the full scale of Indigenous-led conservation efforts. It also hasn’t been led by an Indigenous editor — and that’s something we’re excited to change. 

With more than 500,000 square kilometres of proposed Indigenous protected areas in Canada on the table right now and a rush to protect 25 per cent of land by 2025, the conversation around Indigenous-led conservation has never been more important. 

Given this unprecedented opportunity, The Narwhal is hiring an editor to be a senior member of our team and help to ratchet up our coverage of Indigenous-led conservation in three key ways: 

  1. Engaging with key leaders and community members to develop a plan for coverage
  2. Building a roster of Indigenous reporters, photographers and graphic designers
  3. Expanding the volume and geographic breadth of our coverage of Indigenous-led conservation efforts.

We are searching for an editor who gets excited about reporting on solutions, not just problems, and who feels passionate about the power of journalism to bridge divides.

The ideal candidate will be motivated to build relationships and listen, have a deep understanding of Canada’s colonial history and be passionate about editing (grammar nerds unite!). You love keeping things organized and supporting others to meet their goals and deadlines. 

You’ll join a team of top-notch journalists from across the country and report directly to the B.C. bureau lead.

Required qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding of Indigenous-led conservation
  • At least some experience as an editor and, ideally, as a reporter too
  • An understanding of trauma-informed journalism and the importance of cultural protocols
  • Demonstrated experience with building trust with a network of sources
  • Commitment to source diversity. You’re excited to listen, build relationships and ensure your reporting reflects a broad range of perspectives and lived experiences
  • Familiarity with solutions journalism and a commitment to complicating the narrative 
  • Familiarity with The Narwhal

Desired qualifications (nice to haves)

  • Experience filing freedom of information requests to inform compelling reporting 
  • Experience with WordPress
  • Experience with data analysis and Google Analytics

What we offer

  • Group health benefits after three months 
  • Professional development opportunities
  • A flexible digital workplace with a vibrant, collaborative culture
  • Four weeks vacation to start 

Please don’t be discouraged from applying if you do not possess the precise combination of all of the skills, attributes, qualifications and experience listed above. 

To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé and three samples of previous relevant work by Jan. 26, 2023, at the latest, via this link. We are accepting applications from applicants who are First Nations (status or non-status), Métis or Inuit.

In your cover letter please tell us why specifically you want to work at The Narwhal, what excites you most about this role and what from your previous experience makes you a good fit for this role.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted further.

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