The Narwhal Job Opportunity Northwest B.C. Reporter

Job opportunity: Northwest B.C. Reporter

Location: Northwest B.C.
Hours: Full-time
Salary: $55,000, plus benefits
Deadline: Feb. 14, 2020
Start date: April 1, 2020
Contract: 1 year


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

Think of us as part newsroom, part non-profit and part tech 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.

As our Northwest B.C. Reporter, you’ll get the rare opportunity to be part of a team producing in-depth journalism about Canada’s natural world. You’ll work remotely (because narwhals eschew captivity), but you’ll receive plenty of motivational gifs from our team. 

Northwest B.C. is an environmental journalist’s playground. From pipelines and LNG proposals to mines and wild salmon, this region has a lot of big, untold environment stories. We’re seeking a journalist with at least three to five years experience and a firm grasp of local environmental issues and the provincial and federal regulations that govern them.

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. We recognize that environmental journalism must be grounded in respect for Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous rights. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate awareness and a complex understanding of Indigenous issues. 

The Northwest B.C. Reporter will report directly to the Managing Editor. 

In this role, you will:

  • Conceive of and pitch story ideas
  • Write an average of two stories a week on local environment issues
  • Write a mix of news, explainers and more in-depth articles
  • Maintain a diverse roster of contacts
  • Champion our ad-free, reader-funded, non-profit journalism model 

Required skills and experience

  • At least three years experience as a journalist, either freelance or on staff
  • Strong reporting and writing skills, with a flair for narrative
  • Demonstrated understanding of Canadian energy and environment issues, including provincial and federal regulations
  • Demonstrated understanding of Indigenous issues
  • A firm grasp of CP Style
  • Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple tasks in a deadline-driven environment

Desired skills and experience

  • Familiarity with The Narwhal’s work and non-profit journalism
  • Experience living in northwestern B.C. 
  • Skills in multimedia reporting, including photo, audio and video
  • Experience with explanatory journalism
  • Experience with investigative journalism
  • Can find your way around a spreadsheet
  • Experience filing freedom of information requests
  • Has broken original investigative stories
  • Familiarity with reporting on civic institutions such as the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office, the National Energy Board, the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, the Environmental Appeals Board and local city councils

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 send a cover letter, résumé and three writing samples to Please put “Northwest B.C. Reporter” in the subject line.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No calls please.We expect to begin interviews in late February.

The Narwhal is working to build an inclusive and equitable team that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage applications from communities traditionally underrepresented in this field. Read about The Narwhal’s commitment to more thoughtful, inclusive journalism.

This opportunity is made possible with funding from the Local Journalism Initiative. For more information on the Local Journalism Initiative, go here.