Volunteer Researcher at Media Nonprofit

WhoWhatWhy - New York, NY

Part-timeEstimated: $32,000 - $43,000 a year
  • Note: the following is an opportunity for volunteer, part time, flexible work. Please DO NOT APPLY if you are only looking for paid employment.*
Are you an inquisitive, outside-the-box thinker? Certain people are specially wired, by experience and instinct, to unearth mysteries. Maybe that's you. Can you scour archives for obscure historical facts and hidden hints? Can you look at biographies and detect activity patterns? The nonprofit news organization WhoWhatWhy is looking for volunteer researchers to do just this.

The Position

We are looking for skilled volunteer researchers help reporters track down sources, develop stories and fact-check claims, as well as help our fundraising people to identify prospective donors.

Who We Are

We are a remarkable news organization and community that is making a difference, setting a new standard, and innovating on every front. A nonprofit that accepts no advertising, WhoWhatWhy is staffed largely with skilled volunteers dedicated to elevating public awareness and fostering a more vigorous democracy.


You will work remotely and on your own schedule, though we require a minimum commitment of 5-8 hours a week. Because our staff is spread throughout the world, we communicate mostly through email. All staff are required to respond to emails on a daily basis.

To Apply

Send us your resume and a detailed and personalized cover letter that shows you have studied our brand and explains why you are qualified for this position. Make clear you understand that this is an unpaid position. We will not review applications that appear to be mass submissions.


A dogged nature
A creative, inquisitive mind
Analytical skills and a talent for pattern recognition
A penchant for hard work and resourcefulness

Scour biographies, news archives and databases to collect information for reporters
Ascertain credibility of sources and fact-check stories
Conduct research on prospective donors