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The New York Times

Staff Writer, Pets, Wirecutter

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media


Full Time

On Site


New York, New York, United States

The [Register to View] target="_blank">mission of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It’s why we have a world-renowned newsroom that sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It’s why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it’s why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it’s worth paying for.

Note for US based roles: Any offer of employment is contingent on providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination prior to your start date, subject to approved medical and/or religious exemptions, in accordance with applicable law.

Job Description

About the position

Wirecutter is seeking a staff writer to cover products and advice for pets. The staff writer will update our existing pet gear reviews, as well as expand our coverage, building a comprehensive suite of recommendations for cats, dogs, and other animals.

In making product recommendations, you will be helping people nurture healthy, happy pets. You will also be joining a vibrant, smart group of co-workers passionate about their animals and who deeply care about providing guidance for shoppers.

As a staff writer, you will report directly to a supervising editor, working on a small team. This role has the potential to be remote.


  • Research, report, and write long form guides and short form posts on your beat

  • Collaborate with editors and other writers to create test plans, make pick recommendations, and move ideas from pitch to publish

  • Work with animals and their caretakers for hands-on testing of products to evaluate performance

  • Immerse yourself in the retail landscape of pet products, evaluating (and contacting) sources like Chewy, Petsmart, and Costco

  • Develop and maintain a diverse network of sources including veterinarians, pet groomers, and product managers

  • Attend industry trade shows as needed to build contacts and expertise

  • Work with our audience team to respond to reader feedback and questions

  • Work with our affiliate team to resolve stock issues on recommendations

  • Work with our operations team on product orders and testing plans

  • Represent Wirecutter’s pet coverage in the media

  • Perform related work as assigned

Basic Qualifications

  • At least 5+ years of experience writing professionally. We’re looking for an enthusiastic, open-minded reporter!

  • Experience writing in-depth how-to guides is valuable, as is experience covering products or services—especially involving hands-on testing.

  • Must love animals and spreadsheets

  • Must have a pet (or several)

Preferred Qualifications
  • Buyer’s remorse. You’ve felt it, you’ve suffered with it, and now you want to prevent it.

Please include your résumé/CV, a cover letter, and any writing samples you may want to submit with your application. You can only upload one file in the “Résumé/CV” box, so you should combine and upload your résumé, cover letter, and any other materials as one file.


Even with our office in New York City, Wirecutter remains a highly remote-friendly culture and is proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in the following states: CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, ME, MA, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA.

About Wirecutter

Wirecutter strives to be the most trusted product recommendation service on the internet. We obsessively test and report on thousands of items each year to recommend the best of everything. Our goal is to save you time and eliminate the stress of shopping, whether you’re looking for everyday gear or gifts for loved ones. We work with total editorial independence. That means nothing appears on the site as a recommendation unless our writers and editors have deemed it the best through our rigorous reporting and testing. Wirecutter was founded in September 2011 and acquired by [Register to View] target="_blank">The New York Times Company in October 2016. Wirecutter is mission-driven and reader-supported; learn more about us [Register to View] target="_blank">here.

Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company:

Though Wirecutter has a physical office in New York City, the company promotes and encourages a remote workforce, so that our employees can work in flexible and comfortable ways. We are committed to career development, supported by a formal mentoring program as well as tuition reimbursement. We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of affinity and employee resource groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

The New York Times Company and Wirecutter provide employees and their families access to a comprehensive suite of benefits that includes not only medical, dental, and vision coverage, but also programs that help support their wellness goals. We offer a full suite of work/life assistance benefits including a generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback. Employees giving birth now receive 20 weeks of paid leave. Non-birth, including adoptive parents, spouses, and parents also receive 20 weeks of paid leave. In addition, we also offer 401k matching.

This is a union position as classified by the News Guild of New York.

The annual base pay range for this role is between $71,000.00 and $82,000.00.

The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will provide reasonable accommodations as required by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws, and will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable "Fair Chance" laws.