• The Open Sanctuary Project
  • Boulder, CO, USA
  • Feb 13, 2019
Remote Work Media-Journalism Remote Job Research Writer/ Editor

Job Description

The Open Sanctuary Project, Inc. is searching for an editor! This is a paid, full-time position for the nonprofit organization. The editor will research, draft, and publish resources for farmed animal sanctuaries which are released on www.OpenSanctuary.org. The role may additionally require occasional travel, and participation in multimedia content production such as videos or audio supplements. For regulatory reasons, the editor must be based in the United States.

What Is The Open Sanctuary Project?
The Open Sanctuary Project is a freely accessible, always growing digital guide for any resources or information one may need in order to successfully create and manage an animal sanctuary or to provide the best possible care to farmed animals in order to help them live long, healthy, happy lives free of exploitation.

All resources are researched and responsibly crafted with the intention of maximizing compassionate ongoing care for animals in need of help and sanctuary, without any promotion or advocacy for their use.

What does a contributor to The Open Sanctuary Project need?

Appropriate voice: The Open Sanctuary Project’s resources are intended to help anyone seeking information on compassionate farmed animal care, regardless of their background. Due to the nature of how it’s distributed, there’s no way of knowing a reader’s beliefs, ethical background, or level of experience. Therefore, all resources must be written in a welcoming, nonjudgmental, non-assumptive voice. The only baseline for all resources must be compassion to residents and humans. The Open Sanctuary Project, while a veganic resource, is not necessarily a resource about veganism. While we deeply appreciate our community of animal rights activists and the work that they do, The Open Sanctuary Project must remain nonpartisan to be as effective as possible. Our primary goal is to improve compassionate care standards, safety, and improve organizational standards at farmed animal sanctuaries around the world. Because animal sanctuaries lack a defined legal standard, a contributor must be mindful that there exists a wide spectrum of care standards and philosophies for farmed animal care; challengingly, The Open Sanctuary Project must be a valuable resource to the whole spectrum of animal sanctuaries, but a contributor must also know when to advocate for a minimum care standard that must be adhered to to protect residents. In addition, much of the content of The Open Sanctuary Project is focused not on resident care, but on nonprofit best practices as they pertain to animal sanctuaries. Contributors must be able to synthesize a wide range of complex topics into helpful guides for sanctuary staff members who may not have a background in business, public relations, fundraising, or human resources.

Passion for independent research: Due to the nature of animal agriculture, many resources created by The Open Sanctuary Project may be the first publicly available compassionate resources of their kind. This means that it can be highly challenging to find accurate compassionate care information for many topics, or information specifically pertaining to animal sanctuaries. Much of a contributor’s day will involve independent research from a wide variety of sources to find the compassionate core of a subject matter. A contributor must have a research background and the skills to distinguish a compassionate practice from a non-compassionate practice, even in agricultural resources.

Superb communication: Contributors to The Open Sanctuary Project must be able to effectively communicate with and listen to the experts when crafting resources. We do not expect contributors to have any particular experiential background beyond a desire for a more compassionate world; contributors must be willing to reach out to people in the know and professionally represent The Open Sanctuary Project and our mission. As a close-knit team, contributors must be able to work collaboratively, discuss their findings, and be open to dialogues about editorial and content decisions. Collaborators must also be able to synthesize information from multiple experts that very well may be conflicting to create a comprehensive resource that is both accurate and would not be poorly received by an expert who provided information for it.

Adherence to the mission: The Open Sanctuary Project works within a framework of responsible resource publication. For us, this means appreciating the limitations of what can be taught in an online resource. The Open Sanctuary Project is not a veterinary resource, nor will it ever necessarily contain everything an animal sanctuary operator must know to succeed. Some topics would not be responsible to publish, especially if doing so could potentially endanger a resident due to an overconfident caregiver who may lack hands-on training with an expert. A contributor may find information about dosages, treatments, and other care-specific guidelines; they must be able to discern what goes into the resource, what stays out of the resource, and what might need to be specifically pointed out as “something a reader shouldn’t exclusively learn about on the internet”. Contributors must be able to exercise extreme caution regularly in terms of what is appropriate to publish.

Enthusiasm to revise content: As The Open Sanctuary Project’s knowledge base (and the knowledge pool of its contributors and the farmed animal sanctuary movement) grows, resources will need to be frequently revised to reflect the newest information, style evolutions of The Open Sanctuary Project, and referencing new resources as they’re published. A contributor should be ready and enthusiastically willing to revise and update content proactively as new information is learned and shared throughout the team.

Big dreams, actionable ideas: The Open Sanctuary Project is a relatively new organization, and we do not have all the answers as it pertains to animal sanctuaries, how to best connect to audiences, or which multimedia approaches may be most effective in sharing our mission. We want contributors to help us think critically about where to use our resources and how best to spread our mission.

Respect for everyone: Contributors to The Open Sanctuary Project will be working closely with people from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences, and will be responsible for public-facing statements. They must be professional, respectful, and considerate to those they work with and communicate to at all times.

Suggested contributor background:

Professional background in academic research or journalism
Background in and working knowledge of ethical veganism and its philosophies
At least 3 published writing samples
Experience with writing for diverse audiences
Experience with Wordpress a plus
Experience working at or volunteering with animal sanctuaries a plus
Experience in nonprofit management or animal care a plus
Multimedia or web content production experience a plus