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Photo Editor

Job Location

Reston, VA


Type of Job



$60,000 - $65,000

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Published Date

Jan 24, 2023

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Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state and territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. Our mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.


Through its award-winning Ranger Rick children’s publications, the National Wildlife Federation has connected children with nature for decades. Our children’s publications team is looking for a special person to be the Photo Editor for Ranger Rick and Ranger Rick Jr magazines. This person will be a key part of the Ranger Rick team, sourcing creative photographic stories and ideas for each issue and collaborating with editors and designers to produce high-quality features for children. This position reports to the Editor-in-Chief, Ranger Rick and Zoobooks.


Core Work:


  • Source and edit high-quality photography for Ranger Rick and Ranger Rick Jr. magazines.
  • Research and source images for covers and features, ensuring balance and accuracy in content.
  • Build and maintain relationships with experienced wildlife photographers, agents, and agencies while also cultivating new, talented photographers.
  • Seek out stories from historically underrepresented communities, and ensure those stories are told in ways that are authentic and collaborative.
  • Collaborate with editors to understand key story points and develop visual solutions that are age-appropriate and tell a story.
  • Collaborate with the Production Manager to coordinate payment and copyright agreements.
  • Stay up-to-date on best practices related to photo management policies, including contractual rights, usage payments, photo handling and storage, and record keeping, and assisting the legal team with negotiating rates for photos used in any Ranger Rick properties.
  • Color-correct and prepare imagery for delivery in a range of formats and sizes for print and digital production.
  • Conduct occasional simple photo shoots to support magazine and digital content.


Preferred Expertise


  • Proven ability to identify high-quality imagery appropriate to story themes
  • Experience researching imagery and familiarity with commercial and free stock image repositories
  • Solid understanding of digital image formats and properties
  • Solid understanding of Photoshop for image preparation: cropping, resizing, color correction, and saving for web
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at once and balance the needs of various teams
  • Ability to work independently and with others to identify problems and create solutions.
  • Willingness to learn new skills and keep up with industry best practices.
  • Familiarity with journalism and photography ethics
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of Mac and Adobe Photo Suite skills. Comfort with working remotely and conducting frequent Zoom meetings
  • Journalism, science/biology, or early childhood education a plus
  • Experience creating children’s content a plus


NWF Values:


Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. Your competencies should include:


  • Being motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized;
  • Consistently bringing a high level of empathy and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions;
  • Being committed to deepening an environmental justice approach in policy priorities, program development and partner engagement;
  • Actively seeks feedback, direction, and guidance from all team members and keeps staff informed of decisions that impact them;
  • Being dedicated to advancing NWF’s internal equity transformation and compelling partners and allies to incorporate equity into their work; and
  • Passion for and commitment to NWF's mission


Location and Work Mode:


This position is based out of our headquarters in Reston, VA. The National Wildlife Federation is committed to a flexible and empowered work environment with an authentic community of care for all staff. In this position, the employee may work in the office, in a hybrid manner, or fully remote, to be decided jointly with their supervisor in the final stages of the interview process.


Compensation and Benefits:


The salary range for this position is $60,000-$65,000, commensurate with experience.


We are proud of our designation by Mogul as a Top 100 Workplace with the Best Benefits in 2021! We value work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere with flexible scheduling. We want you to be able to integrate work and personal life with attention to your self-care, so that your work schedule is not depleting. We offer benefits so you feel restored and fueled through the day and week.


We offer these supports to help manage your mental, emotional, and physical health:


  • Paid time off: Vacation that starts off at three weeks accrual, unlimited wellbeing (this time can be used for physical, spiritual, emotional, cultural, religious or financial wellbeing for yourself, a partner, or family member – including pets), and 10 holidays.
  • We close down for a paid winter break between December 25 to January 1 to recognize end of-year stress, and time for reflection, rejuvenation, and spending time with family.
  • Up to 16 weeks of fully paid Family and Medical Leave
  • Low-cost health, dental, and vision insurance options – all outpatient mental health is covered at in-network rates
  • Therapist available at no cost
  • Pet insurance and discount perk program
  • Annual wellbeing allowance


In addition to your salary, we offer the following supports to your personal finances:


  • Retirement plan with immediate match and vesting
  • Annual year end retirement contribution
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Adoption and Surrogacy assistance
  • Pet adoption stipend
  • Student Loan management


Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s benefits package at


COVID Consideration:


The National Wildlife Federation closely follows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease and has implemented processes that promote the safety of our employees, candidates, and communities. Because the health of our employees and candidates is a top priority, we conduct our hiring process virtually via phone or video until further notice. We are currently starting our positions as remote, and are continuing to explore what our future of work will be moving forward. Proof of vaccination will be required to join the National Wildlife Federation.




Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should submit a resume, portfolio, and cover letter outlining qualifications and interest in the position.


We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at


We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of excellence. Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.


Please let us know if you require accommodations during the application or interview process by reaching us at or 703-438-6244.


If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.

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