Join The Learned Pig!

Bill Traylor

The Learned Pig is looking for two new section editors to take a lead as we expand and adapt our editorial offering over the course of 2019. Each new section editor will take charge of one editorial thread and help to shape its direction. Currently these are art, thinking, nature, writing, but we will be changing these to a more thematic approach in collaboration with the two successful applicants.


What we’re looking for

Interest: you need to be interested in the ideas that inform The Learned Pig. Take some time to familiarise yourself with the site and see if it chimes with your own interests. Many of The Learned Pig’s contributors are involved in art or literature, but we would be especially pleased to hear from people involved in completely different fields (climate science, activism, agriculture etc).

Passion: you need to relish the process of helping to run an online magazine and be passionate about learning more. We would expect most applicants to be recent graduates or post-graduate students looking to pursue relevant careers. But we’d be delighted to hear from you whatever stage in life you’re at.

Skills/experience: you need to be well-organised, a clear communicator, a good collaborator, and willing to learn. Some skills and experience in writing, editing and online publishing would be advantageous.

We would especially like to hear from people who are underrepresented in the fields of art and arts publishing – in particular people who identify as BAME, disabled, LGBT, or low income.


What we can provide

Creative opportunities: as a section editor, you will have significant responsibility for everything that is published in your section. This is an opportunity to shape conversation around issues and ideas that interest you, to work with experienced creative practitioners, and to champion the voices that you feel need to be heard.

Training: you will work closely with The Learned Pig’s editor on the aspects of online publishing that most interest you. These include conceiving editorial seasons, writing, editing and sub-editing, managing open calls, liaising with contributors, image sourcing and copyright, WordPress publishing and social media management.

Flexibility: as much as possible, the position will be what you want it to be. We will try to fit around your existing commitments, interests, strengths and weaknesses to ensure the collaboration succeeds for everyone involved.

Please note: this is a voluntary position. The Learned Pig is very much a labour of love and there is no budget to cover editorial staff, contributors, or anyone else for that matter.


To apply

Please send a short application (no more than 500 words) to tom [at] This should include:
– one or two suggestions for editorial themes that you would like to focus on as section editor. Please explain why these would be interesting and what you might wish to include.
– why you would be well-suited to this position
– what you would like to learn as section editor
– which responsibilities you would be interested in taking on, and which would not interest you

If applicable, please attach or include a link to one sample of your previous work as a writer, editor, artist, researcher, botanist, vet, activist, chef etc. No CV necessary.

Deadline: 20th May 2019


Image credit: Bill Traylor, Two Pigs, pencil and watercolour on paper


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