Editor-Hunting & Outdoor Lifestyle

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a hunter-based nonprofit wildlife habitat conservation organization, seeks an experienced editor to create dynamic content across RMEF’s print, digital, TV and social platforms. Conceive, edit and write compelling features and departments that focus on elk hunting. Interesting and entertaining stories should highlight/celebrate the hunting experience while promoting ethical field behavior and critical thinking about hunting. Cultivate and work with freelance writers, RMEF staff, outdoor industry contacts and others. Work closely with senior editor to determine stories and determine the best-suited writer for each hunting department or feature. Work with outside contributors to monitor the evolution of each article, check for factual content and offer editing assistance along the way resulting in high-quality Bugle magazine pieces. Bachelor’s degree and demonstrated ability in journalism, creative writing or related field. Must have at least three years’ experience editing and writing stories which focus specifically on hunting and issues affecting hunting. Highly experienced in editorial planning critical. Position located in Missoula, Montana. Email letter of interest and resume to jobs@rmef.org by April 16, 2021.

RMEF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/D/V.

Editor – Hunting & Outdoor Lifestyle
Closes: April 16, 2021
Reports to: Director of Communication
Department: Marketing
Classification: Exempt

Job Summary:
Create dynamic content across print, digital, TV and social platforms. Highly experienced in editorial planning. Conceive, assign, select, edit and write content to extend across all media platforms to advance RMEF’s mission. Primary responsibilities include writing for Bugle magazine and producing video scripts and additional digital content for rmef.org’s Elk Network.

Essential Functions:

  1. Conceive, edit and write compelling features and departments that focus on elk hunting. Interesting and entertaining stories should highlight/celebrate the hunting experience while promoting ethical field behavior and critical thinking about hunting.

  2. Cultivate and work with freelance writers, RMEF staff, outdoor industry contacts and others. Work closely with senior editor to determine most acceptable stories and determine the best-suited writer for each hunting department or feature. Work with outside contributors to monitor the evolution of each article, check for factual content and offer editing assistance along the way resulting in high-quality Bugle pieces that are submitted on or before established deadlines.
  3. Consult with senior editor to negotiate payment for any freelance articles that deviate from standard pay scale. Ensure all freelance writers are paid by the date of article publication.
  4. Work with RMEF’s Sales and outdoor industry partners to produce balanced editorial content with maximum exposure and revenue, while keeping the integrity of Bugle and the needs of readers at the forefront.
  5. Perform primary edit on hunting-related features and departments. Perform general edit as requested on content overseen by other members of publications team.
  6. Maintain a well-balanced slate of hunting features and departments for at least three and preferably six issues of Bugle.
  7. Under the direction of RMEF marketing and senior staff, assist in the production of compelling content for RMEF digital media platforms. As directed, work with outdoor industry partners to feature hunting gear and tips by writing scripts for Gear 101 videos and other assigned projects. When deemed appropriate by Marketing, serve as a point-of-contact on procurement of product while ensuring compliance to RMEF policies and procedures are adhered, including all sample product is accounted for and inventoried.
  8. Identify Bugle features and departments for which you are responsible on an issue-by-issue basis that translate into compelling digital content and assist with that process.
  9. Must have passion for and understanding of hunting. Stay abreast of biological, social and political issues that influence hunting, specifically elk hunting. Track research and acquire additional hunting-related knowledge.
  10. Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and demonstrated ability in journalism, creative writing or related field. Must have at least three years’ experience editing and writing stories which focus specifically on hunting and issues affecting hunting.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Thorough knowledge and support of RMEF’s mission, goals and policies; including the biological, sociological and political elements that shape them.
2 Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
3. Ability to hear, accentuate and clarify a writer’s voice.
4. Firm understanding of what good writing is; ability to detect and correct problems, including proficiency of style and grammar.
5. Extensive knowledge of wildlife/wildlands conservation.
6. Able to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
7. Ability to set and fulfill short- and long-term goals and priorities; must have the ability to meet established deadlines.
8. Excellent research and interviewing skills.
9. Commitment to fostering ethical hunting which honors the individual animal, the species, the land and the hunt.
10. Knowledge of and personal involvement in natural resource conservation.
11. Must demonstrate a personal interest in/commitment to hunting.
12. Must have excellent computer skills including various key software and programs.
Demonstrated commitment to fostering a positive team environment.

Physical Demands: Must sit for long periods of time; use a computer extensively; reach forward and to the side; bend from both standing and sitting position. Some travel is required; may include plane, car, horse and foot.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of the job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.