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Join Wilderness for the one of the best writing gigs in town.

Join the award-winning team at Wilderness

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Wilderness is looking for a talented journalist to help carry on the work of our award-winning team

Wilderness and its team have just been named best magazine, best editor and best journalist in the Consumer Special Interest category of the Magazine Publishers Association magazine awards.

If you want one of the best writing gigs in town, to win accolades for your journalism and to help the magazine succeed in 2019, then we’d love to hear from you.

Wilderness is New Zealand’s leading outdoor magazine and we’re in need of an enthusiastic and talented deputy editor with first-rate print and digital journalism skills, a passion for adventure and, preferably, knowledge of outdoor activities such as tramping, climbing, camping and the gear used to do it.

You’ll be assisting the editor with providing precise content for the magazine, its website, social media pages and newsletters. You’ll be an ‘ideas’ person, able to pitch a dozen stories and see them through to completion each issue.

You’ll also work closely with our advertising sales team to help them make the most of the stories you write.

The role provides opportunities to hone your journalism skills, get outside, test gear, master WordPress and gain valuable experience in shaping the editorial direction of a publication.

Your personality is just as important as your skills and experience. You’ll need to be adaptable, driven, and a team player.

You’ll have a track record of writing and producing a variety of content, from hard-hitting 2000+ word features to short news items, reviews, lifestyle features and profiles.

If you’re not afraid of hard work, this is a fantastic opportunity to combine an exciting career with a love for the outdoors.

This role would best suit a staff-writer or journalist keen to make the jump to a more responsible editorial role.

Key responsibilities

  • Writing monthly features, profiles, news and other items for the magazine.
  • Writing weekly web-exclusive stories for the website.
  • Researching and producing evergreen practical features such as skills, buyer’s guides, how-to articles.
  • Interviewing key outdoors people, writing opinion pieces as required.
  • Preparing and editing our various weekly and monthly newsletters.
  • Updating social media and nurturing a community around wildernessmag.co.nz and its social channels.
  • Manage certain sections of the magazine.
  • Working closely with the sales and subscription departments to pitch and plan special projects.
  • Proofreading every article published.
  • Going to events to report (and have fun) in the name of work.
  • Go tramping, visit huts, meet our readers.


  • A love for and a practical understanding of outdoor activities, particularly tramping, is a real benefit.
  • Experience working in an editorial capacity on a magazine (therefore understanding how our magazines work, why people love them and what they can offer people) would be beneficial.
  • Excellent written English with a natural, informal and entertaining writing style.
  • Ambitious, with a desire to build a career in print and digital journalism, and a good sense of the kind of content that works well in print and online.
  • Willing to learn and adapt in a fast-paced environment.
  • A working knowledge of social media, and best-practice on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Good working knowledge of WordPress or other CMS.
  • Working knowledge of the Adobe Suite – Indesign and Photoshop in particular.

Email your CV with a cover letter detailing why you want this job to editor@lifestylepublishing.co.nz.