Job opportunity: Alberta investigative journalist (contract)

Term: 10 to 12-month contract
Hours: Full time-ish (flexible)
Pay: Competitive (actually)
Location: Anywhere in Alberta

We’re looking for a talented and motivated individual to join our team on up to a one-year contract as an investigative journalist in Alberta.

Who are we?

We are The Narwhal.

Our team of investigative journalists dives deep to tell stories about Canada’s natural environment you can’t find anywhere else.

We have just two rules: 1) Follow the facts. 2) Tell it like it is.

We’re tired of false dichotomies and business-as-usual perspectives. We’re not shy about the fact we think Canada’s greatest assets are our people, our lakes, our rivers, our forests. We tell stories Canada’s big news outlets miss and hustle to help our readers make sense of complex (sometimes downright messy) issues.

As a non-profit 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.

What is this job?

Alberta is an investigative environmental journalist’s playground. From the oilsands and their far-reaching consequences, to fires and flooding in the country’s two most important oil towns, to battles over what to do with three of Canada’s largest national parks, Alberta has a lot of big untold environmental stories.

We’re looking for a self-directed reporter who is hungry to map the influence of the fossil fuel industry on Alberta; who speaks FOI, energy jargon and science; who is sensitive to the challenges and opportunities of reporting in Indigenous communities; who has contacts in government, academia and the real world too. Skills in multimedia reporting, including audio and video, are an asset.

Think of us as part tech start-up, part newsroom and part non-profit. You’ll get the rare opportunity to do in-depth journalism about Canada’s most pressing energy and environment issues while being part of a growing multimedia, interdisciplinary team. You’ll be working remotely (because narwhals eschew captivity and we don’t have an office), but you’ll receive plenty of slaps on the back and motivational gifs from our editorial team. Our team keeps in close touch using Slack and the project management tool Monday.

TL;DR is we’re looking for a great investigative reporter who:

  • Ideally has experience on the ground in Alberta
  • Has broken original investigative stories, preferably on energy and the environment
  • Knows the FOI and ATIP system
  • Can find their way around a spreadsheet and has a nose for public data
  • Can spin a great yarn
  • Can take some pictures, record some sound or maybe even cut some tape
  • Is comfortable working remotely

Please send a cover letter, résumé and three writing samples to editor@thenarwhal.ca by July 16. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

The Narwhal is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.