Writer/Editorial Content Specialist

Rainforest Foundation US
  • Location
    Brooklyn, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 15

Position description

For over 30 years, Rainforest Foundation US (RFUS) has worked to address climate change and safeguard biodiversity by promoting the rights of indigenous peoples and supporting their efforts to protect and defend the rainforest.



Rainforest Foundation US seeks a highly proficient Editorial Content Specialistto join its communications team. This position plays an essential function in raising the profile of RFUS, its partners, and how our partnerships offer effective and long-term solutions to the world’s most urgent challenges from climate change to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. 

The writer position is best suited for a dynamic, enterprising, self-motivated applicant with at least three years of professional editorial experience and a passion to safeguard the world’s tropical rainforests. RFUS works closely with indigenous partners on the ground in Central and South America and supports their efforts to protect and restore their ancestral territories across the world’s tropical belt. 

The ideal candidate is a creative professional, seasoned writer, and reporter. The successful candidate will be an inspired storyteller, clear-thinking communicator with sharp intellectual and verbal acuity that will connect with specific audiences. A newspaper/culture website editor or reporter with strong knowledge or interest in  global affairs, social justice, or public policy would be well suited for this position.

The position will report to the Communications Manager with a dotted line to the Director of Strategic Impact.


The ideal candidate will:

  • Excel at crafting original content and repurposing existing material and information in a way that advances the organization’s communications and engagement priorities
  • Write clear, compelling copy without errors for various audiences, including funders, NGOs, corporations, practitioners, and media
  • Bring an entrepreneurial mindset to generate new story ideas, spot opportunities, and take initiative 
  • Thrive in an environment that values collaboration
  • Bring a “can-do” attitude and have a willingness to stretch their role as the needs evolve
  • Ability to manage several projects at once, perform in a fast-paced environment, with a high level of creativity and entrepreneurship
  • Comfortable using WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator), email tools (e.g. Mailchimp, Constant Contact)
  • Demonstrate competency in WordPress, SEO, and website optimization
  • Avid social media user who stays on top of developments with social media tools, trends and applications
  • Familiar with AP Stylebook

Additional qualifications desired:

  • Experience in video/digital editing and storytelling
  • Knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese are highly desirable

Application instructions

Applicants must e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three of your best writing samples, including “RFUS Editorial Specialist - [FIRST AND LAST NAMES]” in the subject field.

RFUS aims to fill the position immediately. Please note that the position will be open until filled; interested candidates are encouraged to apply early and only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be contacted.

Black, indigenous and people of color are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, and RFUS shall also follow the requirements of the Human Rights Law with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.


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