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Wyoming Wildlife editor

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This position oversees the production of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Wyoming Wildlife magazine, which is a printed monthly publication. The publication showcases some of the most incredible animals on the planet and promotes the people and places sustaining Wyoming’s wildlife. The editor of Wyoming Wildlife is responsible for overseeing and directing day-to-day operations – including staffing, budgets and scheduling.  

Essential functions:

  • Oversee the monthly publication of Wyoming Wildlife, a publication of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
  • Editorial direction for articles and other content in Wyoming Wildlife.
  • Work with all the agency’s divisions to generate and approve content.
  • Obtain intra-agency content and submissions with personnel in the field.
  • Coordinate with all divisions of the Wyoming Game and Fish to meet agency priorities.
  • Serve existing subscribers and find new customers.
  • Detailed copy editing using AP style.
  • Read and edit proofs of each story for quality, accuracy, editorial tone and consistency.
  • Generate story ideas and respond to pitches.
  • Secure freelance writers and manage their contracts.
  • Understand and comply with media law and industry ethical guidelines.
  • Run weekly editorial meetings, communicate and enforce deadlines based on production schedule.
  • Manage contracts, requests for proposals and relationships with vendors.
  • Develop an annual budget and monitor magazine expenses closely to make sure they are on budget and reasonable.
  • Research and write articles for Wyoming Wildlife magazine.
  • Oversee business aspects of Wyoming Wildlife, including payment of bills and management of relationships with print and fulfillment vendors.
  • Attend regular section and agency-wide meetings to help offer expertise and develop strategy.
  • Network with other professionals in the field of wildlife management and magazine publishing.
  • Develop exciting, conversational content from scientific data and materials.
  • Work well with team members and freelance talent.
  • Fastidious fact checking.
  • Strategize with communications team and department on the future direction of the magazine.

Qualifications

PREFERENCES: 

  • Preference will be given to those with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related field preferred.
  • Preference will be given to those with excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Preference will be given to those with willingness to be a thought-leader on magazine editing.
  • Preference will be given to those with experience and education of wildlife management, hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation.

KNOWLEDGE: 

  • Extremely organized, ability to work independently, handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Work with minimal supervision, have good written and oral communication skills, be multi-task oriented, have organizational skills, ability to coordinate new projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with  the ability to build positive working relationships within the agency, with stakeholder groups, businesses, and communicate effectively with a variety of people.
  • Working knowledge of wildlife management, outdoor recreation, and conservation including hunting, fishing, and trapping.
  • Knowledge of magazine printing and reproduction processes and techniques.
  • Knowledge of and practical application of principles and current trends and issues in magazine publication.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of graphic design, visual communication and desktop publishing.
  • Skilled in feature and news writing; methods and techniques of editing.
  • Magazine and journalism experience.
  • Must like exceeding deadlines.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Bridge, and Adobe InDesign and other design software packages in Mac and PC platform.
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