Junior Writer/Editor, Global Forest Watch

Communications Washington, District of Columbia


Program Overview

To stop deforestation, we need to know where it is happening and who is responsible in time to take action. Global Forest Watch (GFW) is the only free online platform providing near-real time information and analysis about when, where and why forests are changing around the world.

Global Forest Watch uses machine learning algorithms and expert analysis to distill satellite imagery, crowdsourced information, and hundreds of open datasets into actionable insights and policy-relevant information about forests worldwide. GFW’s online platform is simple to use, allowing anyone with an internet connection or mobile phone to access data, create dynamic maps, and produce custom analyses with just a few clicks.

Designed for action, Global Forest Watch enables researchers, government officials, companies, civil society organizations, and concerned citizens anywhere to make better-informed decisions about managing and conserving forests.

Job Summary

We are searching for a skilled writer/editor to support Global Forest Watch. This position will work with GFW experts and partners to develop and edit data-driven stories. A key part of the job is oversight of the Global Forest Watch blog, which publishes stories and analyses about forest monitoring and management. The position will also produce content for GFW’s social media accounts, as well as write copy and do basic graphic design for marketing materials. The junior writer/ editor will report to GFW’s External Relations Specialist, along with GFW’s Community Engagement & Product Marketing Specialist.

Job Responsibilities

The junior writer/editor’s main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Editing and Writing (60%):

  • Oversee the day to day production of GFW blogs and editorial content by conceptualizing, writing and editing data-driven stories and multimedia content. Solicit research findings and new analyses from GFW staff and partners and turn complex research findings into clever, compelling prose. Help develop key messages from research findings.
  • Support the GFW blog (globalforestwatch.org) by posting and updating content, producing analytics to determine trends in blog readership, identifying actions to expand our audience, and assisting with overall blog strategy.
  • Write copy for GFW marketing materials, such as brochures, postcards, and web pages.
  • Develop content for GFW newsletters and email marketing campaigns.
  • Manage translations of GFW materials into our key languages by working with translation vendors.
  • Support GFW’s “Global Forests Update,” a forthcoming major report on the state of the world’s forests.
  • Tell stories about how recipients of GFW’s Small Grants Fund are using data and technology to defend and manage forests.

Social Media (25%):

  • Support daily activity for GFW’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts by developing social media copy, graphics, and video.
  • Work with GFW partners and related platforms to cross-promote content.

Other Communications (15%):

  • Work with graphic designers and data visualization specialists to develop key visual content, both static and interactive. Occasionally support video production.
  • Assist with the creation of related web content, outreach materials, newsletters, and fundraising materials, as needed.
  • Support GFW’s community engagement efforts by helping to manage our lists of contacts in constituent relationship management (CRM) software like Pardot and Salesforce.
  • Occasional support for events (particularly developing compelling PowerPoint presentations, talking points, etc.).
  • Collaborate closely with WRI’s Core Communications team and communication staff across the Institute, especially the organization’s Editorial Manager and Editor/Content Specialist.

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field
  • 1+ years of relevant, full-time experience in scientific communications or journalism
  • Prior experience managing a blog, web channel, or institutional social media accounts
  • Familiarity with web development and design (especially managing content in WordPress)
  • Demonstrated experience or expertise in writing on science, environment, or international development issues
  • High degree of comfort exploring and working with data though visual analysis or other means
  • Understanding of the media landscape and storytelling trends
  • Experience writing/producing graphic and interactive features
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Self-starter who is comfortable leading projects from start to finish

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with data journalism, online content development or similar experience strongly desired
  • Experience working for a journalistic publication or newsroom
  • Advanced language skills in French, Spanish, Portuguese or Bahasa Indonesia a major plus
  • Proficiency with GIS or statistical software (e.g., R) a bonus
  • Strong social media skills

How to Apply

Applicants should provide a cover letter and resume with 2-3 writing samples or a portfolio, to be submitted as part of their resume. 

Applicants must apply at careers.wri.org to be considered.

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address six critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water and sustainable cities.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of nearly 700 people with work spanning 50 countries. We have offices in AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United States.  

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. 

The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.