Founded in 2012, Wildsam documents American heritage and culture through its genre-breaking series of travel guides. Wildsam has built a reputation for world-class writing, working with award-winning journalists, fiction writers, poets, historians and a vast network of cultural authorities across America. GQ describes Wildsam as “soulful, gritty and as relevant for locals as tourists.” Outside Magazine writes that “these beautiful little books read more like a collection of short stories than a traditional guide.” And Men’s Journal gives its praise: “Wildsam has made the old-school travel guide cool again.” As its editorial breadth and footprint grows, Wildsam remains focused on its singular mission: To illuminate the American experience, past and present, through insightful storytelling and unrivaled expertise.
Wildsam offers a strong benefits package, offering competitive health, dental, life insurance, and 401(k). If you are interested in opportunities with Wildsam, please send a resume and cover letter (specific to an open position) to firstname.lastname@example.org. .
Wildsam is currently hiring for three editor positions. With each editor, we are looking for people with deep levels of curiosity, a love of travel, a passion for storytelling, and a clear sense of how cultural trends and historical lineage intertwine – across fields of study and in all parts of America. Editors must share our ambition to buck the norms in “guidebook” writing, and be hungry to bring together talented teams of local writers and cultural experts. It’s vital that a Wildsam editor have excellent communication skills to inspire broad thinking, smart story pitches, and elevated prose. Also essential is an editor’s razor-sharp sense for knowing what makes an idea sparkle and when a piece of writing sings. This editor will be the quarterback for multiple field guide projects per year, leading all phases of content, from concepts and research, to travel and relationship building, to making contributor assignments, to writing parts of each book, as well. At Wildsam, the editor embodies the heart and soul of what we aspire to do.
The position is intended to be based in Austin, Tex., though with qualified candidates this is open for discussion.
Generating ideas for narrative essays, interviews, short writing about cultural topics, and smart travel recommendations
Building teams of writers, with various levels of experience, and cultural authorities who know what’s what
Editing a variety of story types and elevating language to the Wildsam standard
Delivering field guide projects in an organized, timely manner
A thoughtful, decisive and optimistic editorial sensibility
At least 5-7 years’ experience as an editor or writer, preferably as a part of a team, and a clear ability to lead projects
Story ideas that reveal insight and creativity
The knack for knowing what spots in a place have the “it” factor
High level of organizational skills
Generosity, honesty, kindness, and a willingness to make work fun
Wildsam is looking to hire an assistant editor. The perfect candidate for the role brings high energy, a learner’s mentality, and an affinity for world-class writing about place and culture. Candidates might be early in their careers, but possess an understanding of the essentials of an editorial enterprise. They are detail-driven problem solvers. They have the reporter’s itch to understand complex ideas. They bring an insatiable curiosity about the world, past and present. And they love the full spectrum of being a writer-editor: research, drafts, edits, rewrites, fact-checking. The assistant editor will work shoulder-to-shoulder with the Wildsam editors to bring field guides to life from scratch. This role offers quick growth opportunities in a creative, fast-paced environment. Job is full-time and based in Austin, Tex.
Assisting the Wildsam editors on all editorial fronts
Researching and writing original content for upcoming field guides
Fact-checking copy, digging up hard-to-find answers to offbeat questions, connecting with cultural experts, sourcing archival materials
Writing email newsletters and social media content
Editorial savvy and the ability to write with voice
At least 2 years’ experience as an editor or writer (staff or freelance)
Experience with archival research
Familiarity with Squarespace and Adobe Creative Suite; Adeptness with Social Media platforms
A desire to learn fast, grow everyday, and work a bit over your head
Travel will be a part of an assistant editor’s job