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Climate Advice Columnist

The Washington Post
Washington, DC
Closing date
Nov 2, 2022

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Application Instructions

Please list all professional experience and explain any gaps in employment history. All of your application materials, which may include PDF files of work samples and/or links to audio, video, photography or graphics, must be uploaded to the field labeled Resume/Cover Letter/Work Samples to be considered for the position.

Job Description

The Washington Post is seeking a lively, empathetic and ambitious writer to author a new weekly column helping readers live a more climate- and environmentally-conscious life.

This climate advice column will be a critical element of The Post's expanded Climate & Environment Department and an important aspect of our commitment to covering climate change and its many impacts on humanity. The column will provide advice and actionable guidance to a wide diversity of readers on an equally broad range of subjects: food, travel, shopping, transportation, home improvement, health, fashion and other subjects. It will also tackle profound moral and ethical questions raised by an era of climate change. We want a columnist who will explore these subjects - whether practical or philosophical - with nuance and sophistication, while meeting readers where they are and exploring how individuals usually seek out choices, rather than single solutions.

Some of the themes this columnist may explore include shopping for clothes sustainably, eating with an eye toward agriculture's impact on global warming, making decisions about travel and leisure, banking with a lower carbon footprint, deciding whether to buy an electric vehicle, maintaining one's home and backyard in an era of droughts, how to address climate anxiety, and far more.

The best candidates for this role will have boundless ideas, a relatable approach and a desire to produce smart, deeply researched columns that make climate decisions accessible to our readers. They should also have a strong desire to grow a national and global audience for this coverage - on our website and other platforms - and be enthusiastic about the use of photography, video, graphics and other facets of visual storytelling.

This writer will also anchor a regular newsletter, a high-profile feature that will foster a strong rapport with readers and showcase the best journalism on these kinds of climate questions. We will discuss the exact details with candidates.

Interested individuals should submit a résumé, cover letter and three clips via our jobs portal. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by 09/30/2022 will be prioritized. Your cover letter should be addressed to Climate & Environment Editor Zachary Goldfarb, Deputy Climate & Environment Editor Juliet Eilperin and Managing Editor Krissah Thompson.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

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Thank you for your interest in a career with The Washington Post. We invite you to review all of our open positions to find the one that's right for you. We look forward to receiving your resume!

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Health and dental benefits
Flexible healthcare and dependent care spending accounts
401(k) and company-funded cash balance plan
Life and disability insurance
Tuition reimbursement
Adoption assistance
Domestic partner benefits
Employee assistance program
Employee referral program

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