Mongabay is hiring a new contributing editor for Southeast Asia


kalteng_0906 is seeking a full-time Southeast Asia-focused contributing editor to manage English-language content related to the region . The contributing editor will manage articles from correspondents (including fielding pitches, commissioning stories, editing, and posting articles) as well as write occasional breaking news stories. The focus will be Southeast Asia with special attention to Indonesia but also Mekong countries, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, and the topics covered will be related to environment and conservation especially focused on forests, oceans, wildlife, mining, logging, palm oil, infrastructure projects, and deforestation. A competitive candidate must be a native English speaker (or exceptionally fluent) and be familiar with standard concepts, practices, procedures and ethics of journalism (with specific experience in environmental journalism) and will be driven by Mongabay’s mission. This is a high-visibility, high-impact role.


  • Commission, edit and publish English-language environmental journalism articles on topics related to environment and conservation.
  • Field pitches from freelance reporters to contribute SE Asia-focused articles
  • Manage assignments and edit contributor submissions
  • Track progress towards grant objectives, produce timely reports for funders
  • Project plan to reach established goals in the set timeline
  • Write occasional breaking news articles.


  • Ability to make timely decisions and demonstrate good judgment
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • English as a first language (or exceptional fluency in both writing and speaking)
  • Demonstrated editing ability for a variety of content, including writing/grammar, HTML, photo captions, etc.
  • Providing other support as needed to ensure content meets Mongabay’s high standards of professionalism, consistency, authenticity, and reliability
  • Concrete examples of effective organizational skills and systems
  • Extremely self-directed and motivated
  • Strong sense of professionalism and reliability
  • Ability to self-edit
  • Ability to adjust approaches according to feedback
  • Contributes to the team effort by following through on tasks and delivering results


  • Prior experience: Two to four years of previous journalism / editing experience (especially environmental issues related to forests) strongly preferred, but not required. Experience with science writing preferred.
  • Technical experience: Microsoft Office, WordPress (or similar), Google Drive
  • Education: Bachelors degree in relevant field, or equivalent experience
  • Languages: Ability to read and understand Bahasa Indonesia is a plus but not required.
  • Location: This position can be based anywhere in the world.


Mongabay aims to offer competitive pay rates that will attract, retain, and motivate our full-time contractors. You will be asked to submit a pay range when applying.


Apply online here. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. On the application you will be asked to fill out basic contact information, pay rate expectations, reference information (2), and to upload the following two documents:

  • Cover letter –please provide specific examples of your experience writing / editing in the realm of environmental journalism as it relates to forests and South East Asia, as well as specific examples of your ability to work effectively from home and meet deadlines (1-2 pages)
  • Resume – (1-2 pages)
  • Work samples – links to 3-5 published articles you feel best showcase your journalistic abilities. If the articles aren’t online, you can include attachments.
  • Timing – The deadline for this application is Sunday, July 24th.


Founded in 1999, Mongabay is a leading conservation news website. The site today draws more than 2 million visitors per month, making it among the most visited eco-focused destinations on the Internet. In 2008, was designated by Time Magazine as one of the 15 best “green” sites on the Web, while Mongabay Founder Rhett Butler was honored by the Field Museum with The Parker/Gentry Award for Conservation in September 2014. Jane Goodall joined the Mongabay board in October 2014, adding further prominence to the site., the non-profit arm of Mongabay, was formed in 2012 to facilitate the development of new education and journalism initiatives and leverage its existing network, traffic, and reputation. aims to raise awareness about social and environmental issues relating to forests and other ecosystems. You can read our daily conservation news stories here.


If you have any trouble with the online application or logistical questions about applying, please contact Tiffany Roufs at tiffany [at] mongabay [dot] org. Please do not contact other Mongabay staff members about the status of your application.