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Digital Writer and Editor, Land and Forests
World Resources Institute (WRI)
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Job Description

Job Summary
We are searching for
a skilled Digital Writer and Editor to support WRI’s Land and Forests portfolio of initiatives, including Global Forest Watch (GFW), the Global Forest Review and the new Land & Carbon Lab.

This position will be responsible for the editorial content surrounding major Forests and Land initiatives, developing cohesive narratives, building the brands and maintaining quality control. The Digital Writer and Editor will also work closely with WRI researchers to showcase programmatic expertise and insights through compelling content.

The Digital Writer and Editor will craft content related to both GFW and Land & Carbon Lab, the initiative that will entail a path-breaking global monitoring system providing high-resolution, high-frequency data on land and its nature-based carbon. The position will identify and pursue opportunities for creative narrative projects and effectively communicate platform updates, data details and monitoring stories through blogs, newsletters outreach, promotion materials, presentations, and other external facing content.

The Digital Writer and Editor will report to the Senior Communications Manager for Land and Forests and WRI’s Senior Editor.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based at WRI’s office in Washington, DC once restrictions have lifted.

Job Responsibilities

The Digital Writer and Editor’s main areas of responsibility will include the following:



  • Craft digital communications, particularly blog content, that communicates platform updates, data details and monitoring stories
  • Write (and edit) for SEO optimization
  • Identify opportunities for narrative or multimedia projects that highlight projects, illustrate theory of change or improve brand visibility
  • Develop copy for newsletters and marketing materials, such as brochures, postcards, and web pages
  • Identify opportunities to promote WRI researchers’ expertise to external audiences
  • Work closely with the WRI Editorial team in conceptualizing, writing and editing data-driven stories and multimedia content
  • Solicit research findings and new analyses from Forests program staff to turn complex research findings into clever, compelling prose. Help develop key messages from research findings
  • Produce cohesive communications products that advance cross-programmatic collaboration and provide compelling external narratives


  • Work in partnership with the WRI Editorial and Forests and Land teams to ensure strategic decisions as to where new content fits within WRI’s content ecosystem
  • Manage the collaboration between of WRI’s Editorial team and programmatic experts to effectively research communicate findings and expertise
  • Support production of the “Global Forests Review,” in editing and updating content
  • Serve as a GFW blog editor and chief, posting and updating content, optimizing for SEO, producing analytics to determine trends in blog readership, identifying actions to expand our audience, managing translations, and directing overall blog strategy
  • Lead the editing and review process for all branded materials including websites content, event outreach, social media campaigns etc


  • Work with graphic designers and data visualization specialists to develop key visual content, both static and interactive. Occasionally support video production
  • Support other communications and outreach efforts as needed

Job Qualifications
Required Qualifications:

  • Mater’s degree or higher in related field or a Bachelor's degree with additional two+ years of work experience
  • 5 to 7 years of full-time experience in digital communications
  • Superior oral and written communication skills with an innate attention to detail – integrity quality of products
  • Experience managing a blog, web channel, or other digital content strategies as well as day to day editing and publishing
  • Team player with the ability to constructively liaise with various teams and competing priorities to build consensus and excitement around collaboration
  • Experience executing digital strategies to reach and influence target audiences in line with programmatic goals and using data and metrics to measure impact and determine improvements
  • Expert knowledge of SEO strategies and analytics tools
  • Familiarity with web development and design (especially managing content in WordPress and Drupal)
  • High degree of comfort exploring and working with data though visual analysis or other means
  • 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 writing on science, environment, or international development issues
  • Advanced language skills in French, Spanish, Portuguese or Bahasa Indonesia a major plus
Potential Salary:
$79,000 - $106,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application.

Program Overview

WRI’s Forests Program aims to conserve and restore forests and healthy landscapes to supply humanity with critical goods and services. We work with civil society, governments and the private sector to ensure landscapes are governed fairly and managed sustainably. We support radical transparency and accountability for where and how the world’s forests are changing, providing open access to the latest data and cutting-edge technology for monitoring trees. We partner with governments, entrepreneurs, investors and global and local experts to build the social and financial conditions for restoring trees and economic productivity to degraded lands. And we offer research and expertise to help realize policies that better protect and restore ecosystems.

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 seven 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, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

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 $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa , Brazil , China , Europe , India , Indonesia , Mexico and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

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.
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