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Job: Editor, Watershed Sentinel Magazine

Watershed Sentinel Feb-Mar 2024 cover
Feb-Mar 2024 cover

We’re hiring for the position of Editor! Join our small, highly collaborative team to help us carry forward our three-decade-plus mission of giving voice to the environmental grassroots in BC and beyond.

Location: Fully or partly remote (we’re located in Comox, BC)
Type: Contract, part-time
Remuneration: $25/hr to start
Hours: 15-20 hrs/week; room to expand
Deadline to apply: March 15, 2024
Preferred start date: April 15, 2024

About Us

The Watershed Sentinel is a non-profit magazine that grew out of the grassroots environmental movement in coastal BC in the early 1990s. Our small team proudly produces five 40-page print issues annually, and we upload about 30% of our print content online.

Our subscribers and supporters value the Watershed Sentinel for our balanced editorial mix, our long history and connections within the environmental movement, our commitment to factual reporting and critical analysis, the physical print magazine, and our philosophy (see below).

Watershed Sentinel Philosophy:

People-powered, bottom-up media
Learn from and uplift Indigenous viewpoints
Give voice to grassroots and community activists
Reflect, not dictate
Explore, not pre-determine
Provide balance, a voice to all sides within an environmental and social justice perspective, with content inclusive of science and passion, environmental justice and conservation.


Work within our print production timelines to:

  • Plan and coordinate content; update issue storyboards and impositions as they evolve
  • Liaise with writers; track stories and deadlines
  • Copyedit articles; copywrite as necessary (e.g. headlines, table of contents, editorials, etc.), and proofread each issue before press
  • Liaise with our designer and printer
  • Attend weekly staff meetings, bi-monthly editorial advisory board meetings, and occasional board meetings
  • Report to board

This role has potential to expand depending on your interest, skills, and availability.


  • Strong editing and writing skills
  • Professional editing experience required
  • Experience with print publications strongly preferred
  • Self-starter with creative ideas and solid leadership potential, who enjoys working in a collaborative team environment
  • Maturity; willingness and ability to move into commitment and responsibility
  • Interest in and alignment with our mission and position in a changing media landscape
  • Adaptable, good communicator
  • Good time management and organizational skills

Preference will be given to a candidate with prior interest and involvement in environmental issues

What We Offer

  • Competitive pay aligned with industry standards
  • Opportunities to:
    • Take on a leadership role, bring your ideas to fruition, and shape the future of the magazine
    • Learn all aspects of print publishing
  • Blue Cross medical/dental benefits after 3 months
  • Flexible and highly collaborative workplace as part of a small team
  • A very dedicated and appreciative readership

What To Expect

Selected applicants will be contacted by March 19 and given a short assignment to demonstrate editing ability.
Interviews will be conducted via Zoom with our small hiring committee during the last week of March.
The preferred start date for this position is April 15 (negotiable).

Apply by email to by March 15.

In your cover letter, please tell us about your experience with and passion for environmental and social justice issues.