Greenpeace, Unearthed Editor

Greenpeace UK
Islington, London + hybrid working
£58,584-£64,932 per annum 
Closing date
Apr 3, 2023

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Job Type
Full Time
Online, Digital, Environment, Energy

Unearthed Editor
£58,584-£64,932 per annum 
(We normally offer a starting salary at the start of the range)
Full-time (37.5h)/ Permanent
Based in Islington, London

Greenpeace is an international campaigning organisation with 26 offices around the world. Our vision is a greener, healthier and more peaceful planet. We bring about change by investigating, documenting and exposing the causes of environmental destruction. And we take peaceful direct action to protect our Earth and promote solutions for a green, peaceful and more equitable future.

This Editor role is your chance to demonstrate both your understanding of how to lead and develop important news investigations and your grasp of the needs of not for profit organisations.

Unearthed is Greenpeace UK’s highly regarded investigative journalism unit. You’ll lead its work to investigate and expose environmental harm linked to the fossil fuel and food systems – as well as environmental racism and injustice. This will include developing strategy, setting the editorial agenda, overseeing a significant budget plus a wide range of resources, and managing a team of editors and investigative journalists.

This high profile role will also see you representing Unearthed internally and externally to cultivate media relationships, holding full accountability for editorial and journalistic decisions, overseeing robust risk management, ensuring that the unit’s website and social media channels remain impactful, and getting closely involved in high-value fundraising.

You will have an unbreakable commitment to exposing environmental wrongdoing matched with a strong news sense and history of producing robust investigative journalism that brings about real world change.

The ideal candidate will be adept at facilitating co-operation within a complex international organisation, have experience managing risk and a demonstrable commitment to a culture that is curious, inclusive and tackles systemic racism.

In exchange you’ll take over running an insurgent investigative unit with a significant budget, a team of 7 dedicated investigative journalists, a network of stringers and a powerful toolkit including undercover filming, drone technology, satellite footage, mapping, science and air pollution experts.

We are particularly encouraging applicants of backgrounds that are under-represented in the media. You can read more on our commitment to anti-racism here.

Location: Islington, London. We are currently trialling a hybrid working model to enjoy the benefits of both office based and remote working. The current expectation is for staff to work from the office in Islington at least 40% of their time. Reasonable adjustments to the trial policy as well as specific office based needs will be considered for those with long term health conditions and disabilities.


You'll have:

  • Demonstrable commitment to tackling systemic racism and class based discrimination, both in the workplace and through the content you produce.
  • Leadership experience at a not for profit or media organisation (ideally including managing staff and budgets, fundraising and developing editorial strategy) with proven ability to develop staff and organisational impact.
  • Experience overseeing public interest and high-impact investigations delivering major news stories with potential to achieve real-world change (ideally in line with wider organisational objectives).
  • Experience working with/within not for profit organisations, with proven ability to enable and facilitate collaboration including information and skill-sharing, ideally internationally.
  • Experience managing multiple elements of risk – including legal, personal and reputational – with understanding of specific risks attached to work at an international not for profit organisation and the steps needed to mitigate these.
  • Strong understanding of UK and global environmental reporting, including spotting new emerging issues and developing fresh approaches to investigate.

We give you: 

You’ll be encouraged to develop both personally and professionally, taking advantage of the wide range of learning and development opportunities available to our staff. We offer great benefits such as a generous pension scheme, subsidised lunches, free yoga and a wealth of well-being resources, just to name a few. Take a look at our Work for Greenpeace pages to find out more about what it’s like to work for us and why you should apply.

Our commitment to diversity: Greenpeace UK is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in environmental and campaigning organisations and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are particularly keen to receive applications from people of colour; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGBTQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class now or in the past.

To Apply

For further information, please visit our website via the apply button and download the applicant information pack. Please ensure to save this file to your computer for future reference. Once the job listing has closed you will no longer be able to access it online. We recommend taking a look at this document that contains top tips for filling out your application, complied by our recruitment team.

If you have any questions, please email us via our website. Please note that this email address is only for information. All applications have to be filled out on the website and cannot be submitted via email.

Greenpeace UK is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or any other category protected by law.

CLOSING DATE: 9.00 am 3rd April 2023

INTERVIEWS: Week of 17th April 2023

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