Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Video Editor

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Posted Date 1 month ago(10/17/2019 1:26 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Communications [102000]
  • Overview

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana, and Beijing.


    Position Summary:


    Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is seeking a Video Editor to work in its New York City office. This role will be responsible for editing a wide variety of videos—from medium-length (3-12 minute) documentaries to short-form videos for social media (under 1 minute) to 2-4 minute videos that lay out NRDC’s position on different environmental issues. We are looking for a talented video editor to assemble recorded footage into a finished project that matches the director’s vision and is suitable for posting on social media or broadcasting. The ideal candidate is skilled in the craft of filmmaking and understands all of the components of video production, including sound, music, visuals, and point of view.


    Knowledge of NRDC’s core missions is required and the successful candidate must have a broad knowledge and curiosity about environmental issues. The ideal candidate is a detail-oriented creative and a collaborative team-player. An innovative spirit, passion for digital media, and the ability to solve problems independently in a fast-paced environment is a must. Strong communication skills are essential.


    This position reports directly to the Director of Video, Multimedia. Online portfolio showing examples of previously edited pieces are required for consideration.


    • Evaluate edited footage to make sure it matches the story from the script and meets the narrative agenda of the producer and director of the film
    • Source b-roll from a wide variety of places in order to tell the most relevant and impactful story
    • Combine visual footage with audio sound effects, dialogue, ambient sound and a musical soundtrack to create more drama in the story
    • Ensure all editing cuts, splices, changes and additions appear seamless and natural and help the story flow more effectively in the finished product
    • Discuss project timeline, narrative structure, story goals and more with the director and any producers as the project is edited
    • Input music, dialogues, graphics and effects
    • Create rough and final cuts
    • Upload and tag video files into NRDC’s Digital Asset Management (DAM) system. Maintain organized and backed up files of raw footage shot for NRDC.
    • Continuously discover and implement new editing technologies and industry’s best practices to maximize efficiency


    • Bachelor’s degree in film, video production, communications or related field
    • Demonstrable video editing ability with a strong portfolio
    • Proficiency in Adobe Premiere
    • Experience with After Effects and creation of motion graphics a strong plus
    • Solid communication skills
    • Robust attention to detail
    • Thorough knowledge of timing, motivation and continuity 

    NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. Consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


    To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal.  We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


    If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit


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