Investigative reporter covering environment

Searchlight New Mexico is seeking a reporter focused on oil and gas, and the environment. The position will be tasked with digging deep into environmental issues that shape New Mexico and the Southwest, including extractive industries, water and air, environmental justice questions and more. Position based in New Mexico, although remote work from elsewhere in the Southwest may be possible for the right candidate.

Searchlight New Mexico is an investigative nonprofit news outlet based in Santa Fe. It produces weekly, in-depth investigations and narrative pieces focused on issues that don’t receive the coverage they deserve in the state. Our work is published by every news outlet in New Mexico, in addition to The Guardian, USA Today Network, Rolling Stone, Slate, The Trace, Indian Country Today, High Country News and others. We focus on collaborations with other media, and on the kind of reporting that unflinchingly examines societal issues and how they affect people’s lives – with an eye to affecting change.

Reporters in the newsroom are expected to go deep on issues, through sourcing, data and public records, and return with human-driven stories that go beyond the headlines. We value a collaborative approach, between reporter and editor, reporter and colleagues, and with other media. We welcome ambitious ideas and unconventional approaches to stories, reporting and journalism. We hold reporters to a high standard of reporting, sourcing, and culture competency. We foster a love of words, and of storytelling in the public interest.

Pay: Depends on experience

Recommended experience:

  • Two to five years’ experience in journalism or related field
  • A track record or demonstrated interest in accountability and investigative reporting
  • Demonstrated interest in narrative storytelling
  • Experience with public records related to state and federal environmental regulation and enforcement a plus.

To apply, send your resumé, a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, and three relevant clips to Managing Editor Kate Schimel. We will begin reviewing applications on Feb. 1. 

We are committed to building a diverse, inclusive working environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We are an equal opportunity employer. We encourage all applicants regardless of age, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, AIDS/HIV status, national origin, veteran or disability status.