National Geographic Employment

Photographed by Winfield Parks in Greece

What jobs are currently available at National Geographic?
To view a listing of open positions, please search our Career Opportunities. You may sort the list by date, title or location, by clicking on the column heading. Then click on "Next" to view all the pages of open positions, or enter a key word in the search box.
How do I apply for a job at National Geographic?
  • The first step is to register as a user on the site by clicking the "Register Now" link located within the Login section at the top right of the Careers Home Page.
  • Each open position has a button at both the top and the bottom of the page marked "Apply Now." You will then be able to copy and paste BOTH your cover letter and resume into the "resume text box" that appears on your screen. Complete the online application form. In order to apply for an open position, you must submit a Cover Letter & Resume, and complete an Online Application for each opening.
  • Once you have saved a resume within your online profile (you may save multiple resumes and title them differently) you can access the resume you wish to use when applying for different position.
  • You may submit your resume for multiple opportunities at one time by applying directly from the Careers Home page. However, you should only submit your resume once for each job opportunity. Submitting your resume more than once will not increase your chances of being contacted.
Why do I have to register to apply for a job?
Registering will give you the ability to save jobs to your Careers page, apply for positions and to save search criteria. You will also have the ability to create a user profile which will enable you to save multiple versions of your resume to your Careers page, making it easier for you to apply for positions or to update your profile information for future openings.
If I do not have a resume, may I fill out an application?
In order to apply for an open position, you must submit a Cover Letter & Resume, and complete an Online Application for each opening. NOTE: Once you complete the Online Application and save it, your information will automatically fill in the fields for the next application. However, if you add further details to subsequent applications, the system does not update previously submitted applications for earlier positions.
May I send my resume by fax or mail?
No. The application process for National Geographic is through the online site only. If you are contacted for an interview, we encourage you to bring a hard copy of your cover letter and resume to share with Human Resources and the hiring manager.
Why am I prompted to fill out additional information when I apply for some jobs but not for others?
Sometimes additional information is needed in order to determine eligibility. It is important to answer these questions to be considered further as an applicant for the position.
May I submit a cover letter, addressed to a specific individual, with my resume?
The cover letter is an excellent opportunity to further clarify your interest in the position and briefly outline your qualifications. It is not necessary to address your cover letter to a specific individual, because your application is connected to the specific position in which you are interested. It is stored within the central database. You may, however, store several resumes and cover letters within your personal profile and title them differently (for example, Production Resume; Art Design resume, etc.) to use when there is an appropriate match.
How do I know if you have received my resume via online application form?
Once you have completed the application process (including Cover Letter, Resume and the Online Application) for a specific position, a message will indicate that you have successfully submitted your job application. This message is your confirmation. You may also click on the "View All" next to Applications in the "My Career Tools" section of your Careers Home page.
If a problem occurs during the transmission of your online application, you will receive an error message and the reason for the problem.
What are the hardware and software requirements?
The hardware minimum is a 133 MHz processor with 32 MB of RAM.

Supported operating systems include:
  • Windows 7 and 8
  • MAC OS X 10.5 and higher
Most standard browsers will work, including:
  • Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 (Windows only)
  • Chrome 24 and above (Windows only)
  • Firefox 17 and above (Windows and Mac)
  • Safari 5 and 6 (Mac only)
If you are not running on one of the supported platforms or browsers, you will need to upgrade your browser before applying for position on our website.
How do I configure privacy settings on my browser to accept cookies?
From the Internet Explorer browser toolbar:
    Select Tools.
  • Select Internet Options.
  • In the Internet Options window, select the Privacy tab.
  • Select the Advanced button.
  • In the Advanced Settings window, select Override automatic cookie handling, the Accept radio buttons under First-party Cookies and Third-party Cookies, and Always allows session cookies. Then click the OK button.
The settings above enable the site to operate correctly. If you are using a different browser, look for similar instructions from the browser's vendor.
Why can't I see all the information on the web page?
You may need to clear out your browser CACHE—For Internet Explorer (IE), delete your Temporary Internet Files by going to "Tools" then "Internet Options". For Netscape, clear out the CACHE by going to "Edit" then "Preferences" and then "Advanced". After clearing your CACHE, you will need to close the browser and start over.
Check Your Settings—If you are using Netscape, select "Edit" then "Preferences" and then "Advanced" and make sure the following are enabled: java, JavaScript, automatically load images, JavaScript for mail and new style sheets.
How do I fix the Careers Home page when the page is continuously processing and showing an error on the page?
If you currently have the Yahoo Toolbar enabled, there are times when it interferes with the operations of the website. To fix the error, click the My Yahoo! drop down arrow and uncheck the Enable Add to My option.
My Yahoo

Will I be notified if the job has been filled?
Positions remain active on our website until they are filled. If you have interviewed for a position, you will be notified if you are not selected.
How do I become a photographer or writer for National Geographic?
To learn more about photographer and/or writer careers at National Geographic, click here.
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