Staff Writer, Climate Impacts and Adaptation
Grist is a nonprofit, independent media organization dedicated to highlighting climate solutions and uncovering environmental injustices. Since 1999, we have engaged and informed the public about the perils of the most existential threat we face. Now that three-quarters of Americans recognize that climate change is happening, we’ve shifted our focus in part to demonstrate the ways that a just and sustainable future is within reach.
Over the past four years, Grist has scaled from a Seattle-based team of 20-25 to a nationally distributed organization of ~60 with a growing budget. Grist’s strategy centers on climate, justice, and solutions, and we implement our mission through three areas of work: Our award-winning editorial program; Fix, our newly launched solutions lab; and our work to transform talent and representation within environmental storytelling.
We are seeking a Staff Writer to contribute to our enterprise coverage. We’re looking for someone with stellar news judgment, a passion for storytelling, a drive to develop their craft, and a deep commitment to accountability journalism.
The reporter will pitch, report, and write stories on the policies that are already being used to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change across the U.S., spotlighting unlikely alliances, high-stakes tradeoffs, and unexpected solutions.
The right person for this job will be interested in approaching this beat from a narrative lens, finding communities and people whose stories show the impact of climate change on essential social provisions like housing, water, and energy. We're looking for someone who can take an expansive view of the way climate change is already altering American life and public policy, in part by considering its intersection with core social goods like housing, water, and energy.
What does this role look like in practice? You’ll generally write 4 to 5 stories per month -- ranging from roughly 600 words to a few thousand -- and land a handful of enterprise projects per year. Grist is a small team, so you may also be asked to contribute to newsletters, collaborate on larger projects, appear in the occasional video, and represent Grist at conferences and workshops.
Grist is based in Seattle, but the job doesn’t have to be. We have staff around the country.
Conceive of, report, write, and produce stories of varying lengths that detail how humanity is dealing with the effects of warming and, in some cases, adapting to a changing climate
Cultivate a broad array of institutional sources at the local, state, and federal level who can speak to the way climate change is being handled in their jurisdiction as a present reality
Translate important but seemingly arcane policy developments into gripping prose that focuses on climate policy’s impact on everyday lives
Contribute to Grist’s newsletters, special packages, and other projects, as requested
Help mentor Grist fellows; be excited about sharing your methods and talents with your colleagues and learning about theirs
Other duties as assigned
At least 2- 4 years of reporting experience
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
Professional reporting experience, knowledge, and interest in climate
Professional experience with investigative reporting techniques
A track record of covering stories of national importance and impact
Comfort with magazine-style journalism
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple priorities and deadlines
Comfort with technology, social media, and digital tools for journalism
Proficiency with desktop writing tools and web technologies for news gathering and publishing
Superior organizational skills and obsessive attention to details
Experience finding sharp, provocative angles on the news of the day
Ability to work independently, demonstrate good personal judgment, and exercise a commitment to ethical conduct toward sources, story subjects, and readers
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills
Demonstrated poise, tact, diplomacy, and the ability to interact with individuals at all levels of the organization
And it sure would be nice if you also had:
Excitement about exploring innovative and creative ways to tell stories in a fast-moving environment, specifically for mobile devices
Comfort with data sets or experience with data reporting
A passion for helping Grist attract new, more diverse audiences for environmental stories
A strong voice and no qualms about using it, but an aversion to preaching to the choir
The ability to identify stories that will resonate online
Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter explaining why you’re a great fit for this position. Applications without both a resume and cover letter will not be considered.
Total compensation package includes a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance. No phone calls, please.
Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to Grist’s focus on advancing equity. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with diverse colleagues of varied experience. Candidates of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.