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Deputy Editor

Atlas Obscura is looking for an exceptional Deputy Editor to help lead our editorial team and guide our daily coverage online. You’ll work with a team of staff writers, editors, and contributors to create original content about history, science, geography, exploration—any subject that’s filled with wonder and surprise. You’ll assign and edit articles, but also collaborate on video series concepts, podcasts, events, and more. This role reports directly to the editor-in-chief, and will be based out of our offices in Brooklyn, NY.

Responsibilities
  • Brainstorming, assigning, and commissioning stories that distinguish Atlas Obscura’s coverage.
  • Editing work from both staff and freelance contributors.
  • Helping to manage workflow and maintain high editorial standards across the site.
Qualifications
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in digital journalism.
  • Outstanding editing skills, with the ability to strengthen the work of both experienced reporters and emerging contributors.
  • Experience planning and executing editorial calendars.
  • Highly detail-oriented and organized.
  • A passion for Atlas Obscura’s mission and a deep curiosity about the world.
You'll Get Noticed If
  • You’re an idea-generating machine.
  • You have a deep bench of talented writers in your contacts list.
  • You have experience helping to lead teams, and a demonstrated willingness to pitch in and collaborate across departments.
  • You have a sense of humor and work well with others.

Compensation is competitive and includes equity. To apply, please email a résumé, cover letter, and links to three work samples to [email protected] with the word “Deputy” at the beginning of your subject line. For samples of editing work, please include a short description of why you're particularly proud of your involvement in the piece.

Director, Sales - NY

We are looking for an outstanding Sales Director to join our Brooklyn-based advertising and brand partnerships team, leading sales efforts with NYC-based agencies and clients. You should have a passion for digital media, branded content, sponsored events, and innovative, integrated marketing programs. You should also be inspired by Atlas’ mission to redefine wonder and curiosity.

Responsibilities
  • Lead sales to all of Atlas’ NYC-based agency and brand clients.
  • Lead sales efforts to destination marketing organization (DMO) advertisers and tourism boards.
  • Grow territory revenue through innovative digital, integrated, event, and branded content programs.
  • Responsible for full client relationship, from development through pre- and post-sale.
  • Develop strong relationships with senior client and agency partners.
Requirements
  • Have a consultative sales approach built around creative ideas and client problem-solving.
  • Have a deep understanding of digital media trends, the branded-content marketplace, and emerging platforms.
  • Have strong relationships with large and boutique agencies alike as well as client decision makers.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and flexibly within a small team, focused on building a multi-platform media brand that means something to its readers.
  • Have a passion for remarkable journalism and digital media.
  • 4–6 years of digital media sales experience

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications for the role to [email protected].

Integrated Sales Planner

Atlas Obscura is seeking an organized, digitally savvy Integrated Sales Planner to join our growing sales and brand partnerships team in Brooklyn. The role will handle media planning for digital, event, branded content and other campaigns and will focus on supporting presale activities, from pitch to Insertion Order approval, as well as interacting with our ad ops partners.

Responsibilities
  • Lead media plan development for digital media campaigns with display, video, branded content, podcast, event, integrated, and other elements.
  • Partner with Atlas Obscura’s ad ops provider to coordinate campaign set up, testing, QA, optimizations, inventory checks and management, and campaign reports.
  • Help out where and as needed across our brand partnerships business, working with editorial, marketing, product, events, and more.
Requirements
  • 2+ years of digital media experience, working in ad ops, planning, account management, sales marketing, or similar.
  • Understanding of media planning, pricing, ad products, and the advertising market.
  • Knowledge of advertising standards, specs and IAB guidelines.
  • Familiarity with the digital advertising ops ecosystem, including DFP and other servers, rich media providers, custom media vendors, and analytics platforms.
  • Experience interacting with agency and brand-direct clients.
  • Ability to work on a small, entrepreneurial team and a willingness to pitch in across the organization.
  • A passion for digital media, exploration and Atlas Obscura’s mission of finding and reporting on the coolest things on the planet.

To apply, please email your resume and a short cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications for the role to [email protected]

Places Writing Fellow

Do you love geography, history, culture, science, maps? Do you want to spend your days working at a digital media company devoted to exploring the world's hidden wonders? Do you want hands-on experience with a small team? Come be a fellow at Atlas Obscura! We are hoping to hire an editorial fellow for our Places team.

Work duties will be varied, as this is a start-up, and everyone pitches in. You would get experience writing and producing web stories, working with user-generated content from the Atlas community of contributors, and learning about social media strategy.

Some key attributes
  • Demonstrated writing and research ability
  • Curiosity
  • Sense of humor
  • Passion for AO’s mission of finding and reporting on the coolest things on the planet

Salary. NYC-based job. Both 3-and-6 month stints available, with a preference for those who can stay for 6 months. This is a 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. gig, so no current students with class commitments will be considered.

Please apply with a resume, writing sample (ideally a place you have submitted to the Atlas!) and brief note about previous jobs and current passions to: [email protected].

The Seattle Obscura Society is Looking for Field Agents!

Enthusiastic Adventure Nerds Wanted: Atlas Obscura is hiring in Seattle!

We are looking for enthusiastic adventure planners to help us launch the Seattle Obscura Society and develop new event programming with an emphasis on the hidden and unusual in the Pacific NW.

We’ll be hiring for part-time, per-event paid positions.

Description of Position Responsibilities

Society Chapters are the official real-world outposts of Atlas Obscura, in which we run a regular program of local explorations designed to reveal the hidden gems of the state and get enthusiastic locals and our readers off the computer and out exploring.

Field Agents will be responsible for seeking out and hosting local exploration opportunities monthly such as tours, talks and expeditions or charters further afield.

Specific Responsibilities & Expectations
  • Create interesting tours and event ideas
  • Organize and lead tours
  • Write field reports
  • Manage ticket inventory
Skills & Experience Required

We are seeking an enthusiastic adventure nerd who understands and loves what Atlas Obscura is about and would like to help bring it to life in Seattle. Field Agents must be able to work independently and be creative.

  • A love and knowledge of Seattle, its hidden wonders and strange histories, a desire to find out more and share it with others.
  • Computer and Internet access adequate for working remotely.
  • Must be able to get around your local environment in a timely matter to attend meetings and events.
Bonus
  • Travelers preferred - although it is not a requirement, we are travelers ourselves and we are excited to add more world-minded individuals to our numbers
  • Museum or tour group experience
  • Enthusiasm or academic experience in history
  • PR, marketing or social media professional experience

Click here to apply

The Illinois Obscura Society is Looking for Field Agents!

Enthusiastic Adventure Nerds Wanted: Atlas Obscura is hiring in Illinois!

We are looking for adventure planners for the Illinois Obscura Society chapter to help us develop new programming and create plans for bigger, better explorations into the hidden and strange places all around us.

We’ll be hiring for part-time, per-event paid positions.

Description of Position Responsibilities

Society Chapters are the official real-world outposts of Atlas Obscura, in which we run a regular program of local explorations designed to reveal the hidden gems of the state and get enthusiastic locals and our readers off the computer and out exploring.

Field Agents will be responsible for seeking out and hosting local exploration opportunities monthly such as tours, talks and expeditions or charters further afield.

Specific Responsibilities & Expectations
  • Create interesting tours and event ideas
  • Organize and lead tours
  • Write field reports
  • Manage ticket inventory
Skills & Experience Required

We are seeking an enthusiastic adventure nerd who understands and loves what Atlas Obscura is about and would like to help bring it to life in Illinois. Field Agents must be able to work independently and be creative.

  • A love and knowledge of Illinois, its hidden wonders and strange histories, a desire to find out more and share it with others.
  • Computer and Internet access adequate for working remotely.
  • Must be able to get around your local environment in a timely matter to attend meetings and events.
Bonus
  • Travelers preferred - although it is not a requirement, we are travelers ourselves and we are excited to add more world-minded individuals to our numbers
  • Museum or tour group experience
  • Enthusiasm or academic experience in history
  • PR, marketing or social media professional experience

Click here to apply

Freelance Writers and Photographers

We're always looking for submissions from freelance writers and photographers. Check out our pitch guidelines and get in touch with our editors via this form.