We are looking for a North American Environmental Markets Correspondent based in Canada to help us bolster and expand our coverage of carbon and other environmental markets.
Location: Home-based/remote working from a base ideally in Ontario or Quebec. Toronto is the preferred location but we’re open to others, though we have a strong preference for Eastern and Atlantic time zones.
Job type: Full-time
Salary: Annual, commensurate with experience
Bonus: Discretionary based on individual and company performance
Want to work for a start-up specialist news agency with a strong reputation in an exciting, fast-growing market?
Carbon Pulse is an online, subscription-based service dedicated to providing in-depth news and intelligence about carbon pricing initiatives and climate change policies around the world. Founded in 2015 and with offices in the UK and China, our unrivalled coverage focuses mainly on emissions trading markets and other methods of using taxes and market-based mechanisms to cut greenhouse gas output, though we are also looking to expand into related environmental markets including RECs and LCFS.
The ideal candidate will be a keen self-starter with an innovative and analytical mind, able to quickly, comprehensively and accurately report on breaking stories while identifying larger market trends and chasing initiative stories.
This role will cover North American environmental markets and GHG pricing initiatives, with a focus on:
- WCI (California, Ontario and Quebec)
- Carbon taxes and other pricing regimes (Alberta, BC)
- Emerging carbon markets (Washington, Oregon, Nova Scotia, etc)
- Voluntary carbon markets
- Other markets including RECs and LCFS
You will be tasked with covering North American climate change policy on international, national/federal, state/provincial, corporate and sometimes municipal levels.
Developments related to ICAO’s CORSIA aviation offsetting scheme will also be part of your remit.
You will be responsible for covering breaking news, as well as for writing weekly and sometimes ad-hoc market reports on some of the above markets – always reporting from an unbiased and balanced perspective. You will also be required to chase emerging or compelling stories, conduct interviews and develop wider, in-depth analysis pieces based on larger issues or identified trends.
You will also assist in editing your colleagues’ copy, help out with the daily newsletter, and contribute in other areas including sales, marketing and conference planning.
Markets: You must have experience in, and a good understanding of the workings of, financial markets and, in particular, environmental markets. As a minimum, you need to know the difference between futures and options, calls and puts, contango and backwardation, OCAs and RGAs, RECs and RINs, and voluntary and compliance offset markets. This must be demonstrated in your application.
Policy: You must be able to follow and adeptly report on policy developments across an array of jurisdictions and market segments. You need to understand the basic rules and subtle nuances of the markets and programmes listed above. You should strive to become an expert in the rules and trends of the markets on your beat, and in the government policy and legislation that underpin those programmes.
Writing ability: You must have strong English skills, while the ability to speak and write in additional languages including French and Spanish is seen as a valuable trait. A background in journalism is advantageous but not essential. A lack of experience in writing articles can be compensated by a superior knowledge of financial and environmental markets.
Team player: You should be able to work effectively whether on your own or in a team, and be highly adaptable to a fast-paced, demanding and continuously developing environment.
Organised: As you will be home-based or working remotely, you need to be organised. You must be able to multi-task while managing your time and adhering to strict deadlines.
Networking: Journalists are only as good as their sources, so you need to be able to build and maintain a network of contacts in every market segment. Carbon Pulse’s correspondents have fostered a vast network of cultivated primary and secondary sources to help us not only report stories, but to also add market insight and reaction to them.
Analytical: You must have at least intermediate Microsoft Excel skills and be able to analyse and manipulate data, with an eye for identifying trends and converting them into story narratives. You may also be required to demonstrate this during the interview process.
Highly-motivated: The news and markets never sleep, so part of being a journalist means you’re always on call. Some days and weeks will be busier than others, but long hours and some weekend working will not be uncommon. As such, you always need to be highly-motivated and ready to call contacts or quickly write breaking news. Carbon Pulse prides itself on being second-to-none and ready to go the extra mile to win a scoop or file a story, so you need to subscribe to that mentality and demonstrate it on a daily basis.
Willing to travel: This role will require occasional travel around North America and elsewhere in the world, mainly to industry conferences.
To apply, email your resume, a cover letter and a sample article of 300-500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. The sample article can be either a piece of your previous work or a story reporting on a recent trend or historical event related to the North American carbon markets (eg. a policy development, an auction result, etc.)
Deadline: Nov. 3, 2017, but please apply early as interviews may start before that. Only candidates that are being considered will be contacted.
Carbon Pulse is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, nationality, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by Canadian law.