Journal of Animal Ecology – Blog Associate Editor

The Animal Ecology in Focus blog is a key communication platform for the Journal of Animal Ecology, a high-profile, peer-reviewed academic journal from the British Ecological Society. The journal publishes the best animal ecology research that develops, tests and advances broad ecological principles.

We are looking for a Blog Associate Editor to lead the journal’s successful blog.

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The Animal Ecology in Focus blog supports the journal by acting as a platform to discuss the latest ecological research, debates in fields and general topics of interest to ecologists. It is the primary route the journal offers to authors and members of the animal ecology community for communicating aspects of their published research to a wider audience and in a more accessible way. With over 30,000 views per year, the blog features summaries of articles published in the journal, and posts covering current news relevant to the field of animal ecology.

The Blog Associate Editor will work with the journal’s Assistant Editor to identify, commission and deliver high-quality content for the blog and provide copy to promote the blog and individual posts via the Journal’s social media accounts. They will work closely with the Assistant Editor and the journals’ editorial board to offer regular posts and develop the blog over the duration of the appointment.

The Blog Associate Editor will gain excellent experience in commissioning and editing, have the opportunity to write for the blog while having early access to articles on some of the most cutting-edge advances in the field.

We are looking for an active ecologist who regularly engages with social media, has demonstrable and relevant experience and a passion for helping researchers communicate important new findings in animal ecology.

This is a voluntary position with the Blog Associate Editor working remotely from wherever they are based. We welcome applicants from any academic career stage and from anywhere in the world. We are open to appointing more than one applicant to share the tasks and, in this case, would enable regular communication between the post holders and ensure that the role of each person was clearly defined.

For more information please see the more detailed description of the role below or contact the journal’s Assistant Editor, Simon Hoggart. To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter briefly detailing why you are interested, relevant experience you may have and your ideas for developing the blog to Simon@britishecologicalsociety.org.

Closing date: Wednesday 8 July at 5:00 PM BST

Journal of Animal Ecology is a journal of the British Ecological Society. The BES values the benefits that diversity brings. We seek to create an inclusive culture and welcome applications from all sectors of society.

Detailed role description

Role Title

Blog Associate Editor – Journal of Animal Ecology

Summary of the Role

The Journal of Animal Ecology blog Animal Ecology in Focus is a highly successful blog, receiving over 30,000 page views per year. Alongside the journal’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, it is the primary platform we offer to authors and members of the animal ecology community for communicating aspects of their published research, trends in the field or topics of interest to ecologists to a wider audience and in a more accessible way.

We are looking for an active ecologist with a passion for helping researchers communicate important new findings in animal ecology. Part of the journal’s editorial board, the Blog Associate Editor will work with  the journal’s editorial office to identify, commission and deliver scientifically robust high-quality content for the blog. They will gain excellent experience in commissioning and editing, have the opportunity to write for the blog while having early access to articles on some of the most cutting-edge advances in the field.

This is a voluntary position with the Blog Associate Editor working remotely from wherever they are based. We welcome applicants from any academic career stage and from anywhere in the world. The role is anticipated to require in the region of 8 hours per month. The successful candidate will receive all of the benefits that the journal’s Associate Editors receive (see below).

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Commission and/or write content for the Journal of Animal Ecology Blog
    • Commission 3-4 blog posts per month and manage correspondence with authors Posts are related to specific articles published in the journal, trends or debates in fields covered by the journal, or general topics of interest to ecologists.
    • Proofread draft posts from authors before they are published to ensure that they are scientifically robust, meet the quality requirements of the blog and fit with the style and tone of the blog.
    • Format and upload post to the blog
  • Discuss content plans with the editorial office’s Assistant Editor and (where appropriate) the team of Editors
    • Participate in quarterly online meetings with the Assistant Editor to discuss current projects and new initiatives for the blog and set the schedule of posts in the following months.
  • Promote the blog and specific blog posts
    • Provide copy for promoting blog posts on the journal’s social media accounts and actively help promote social media posts
    • Promote the blog when attending conferences, meetings or workshops relevant to the journal’s scope.

Qualifications and Skills

Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in ecology or equivalent
  • Experience of contributing to a scientific blog or similar
  • Experience with podcasting and video editing desired, but not essential

Skills

  • Excellent written English
  • Effective and clear communication
  • A keen eye for detail
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to identify gaps in current content and devise new initiatives
  • Tenacity and self-motivation

Benefits

For the duration of the appointment, the Blog Associate Editor will receive the same benefits provided to the Associate Editors for Journal of Animal Ecology. These include:

  • Free membership to the British Ecological Society for one year (with discounted membership after that). Key member benefits are free online access to BES journals, APC discounts and reduced registration for the many BES events. See here for information on the benefits of BES membership
  • Free registration to the British Ecological Society Annual Meeting
  • Discount on Wiley books
  • Excellent opportunity to network with a wide range of ecologists