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Production Assistant

Job Location

Reston, VA


Type of Job



$47,000 to $50,000

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Published Date

Jun 29, 2022

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Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and nearly seven million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, etc. The mission of the Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure that wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. The Federation believes that in order to save wildlife and ourselves, we need to ensure that all Americans have access to clean air and water, safe communities, easy and equitable access to nature, and protection from the ravages of climate change. These basic needs, equally necessary and urgent for all people, are foundational to bringing the conservation movement and ethos into the 21st century.


Launched in 1962, National Wildlife magazine is a benefit of membership in the National Wildlife Federation. Published quarterly, it reaches more than 480,000 people in print and online and covers issues related to wildlife and habitat conservation, connecting people with nature, environmental justice, wildlife gardening and environmental challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, invasive species and habitat fragmentation. Our goal is to educate and inspire people to care about nature and act on its behalf, recognizing that each individual can make a positive difference.


To support our mission, we are seeking a Production Assistant to join our publications team in our headquarters office in Reston, VA (due to COVID-19 all employees are working remotely until we make return to work decisions).


Principal Duties:


We’re seeking a collaborative individual with strong equity competencies to work with a small and dedicated team. This person will help with all aspects of our magazine’s production, including preparing magazine files for release to press, establishing and monitoring production deadlines, preparing articles for online publication, producing the magazine’s web pages and managing website assets such as photographs, videos and online ads. In addition to production responsibilities, clerical duties will include file clean-ups, archiving, reader correspondence, cost tracking, maintaining photographic caption and credit information, assisting with the annual photo contest and helping with social media posts and content.


Opportunity for Growth:


This job offers significant opportunity for a motivated individual to take on new roles and responsibilities with National Wildlife magazine, based on the individual’s skills and interests.


Education or Training:


Bachelor’s degree or at least two years relevant work experience required. Interest in wildlife conservation, publications, science and communications a strong plus.




  • Experience with Microsoft Office tools and Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, Premiere and HTML. Experience with content management systems a plus.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and multitask
  • Strong equity competencies and a professional, respectful and collaborative approach to help build an inclusive team


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


Travel Requirements:


Training and administrative tasks will require regular work at the National Wildlife Federation’s headquarters in Reston, Virginia, so we’re seeking someone in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia metro area within commuting distance to this location. There may be occasional visits to archival storage facility in West Virginia and to the Federation’s annual meeting (locations vary within the United States).


Compensation and Benefits:


The salary range for this position is $47,000 to $50,000 annually, depending upon qualifications and 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), 10 holidays, and 3 floating 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 cover letter and resume.


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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