Lead Editor – Ecological Solutions and Evidence

We are seeking an ecologist who is highly motivated in advancing the publication of applied ecological research to join the team of Editors on Ecological Solutions and Evidence, a recently launched BES open access journal.

Contract: 3-year contract, part-time
Location: Based anywhere in the world
Salary: c. £3,000 per annum
Closing date: 
Friday 17 April 2020
Interviews: Tuesday 28 April 2020, via online video conference

About us

Our vision is for nature and people to thrive in a world inspired by ecology. The British Ecological Society is the oldest of its kind in the world, with over 6000 members worldwide, we publish six successful journals, an ecological book series and a quarterly membership magazine, the Niche.

We actively value the diversity and wide range of perspectives that people from different backgrounds bring to their work, to ecology and to our Society.

We are seeking an ecologist who is highly motivated in advancing the publication of applied ecological research to join the team of Editors on our 7th, newly launched open access journal, Ecological Solutions and Evidence.

About the Journal

Ecological Solutions and Evidence is a new open access journal publishing articles with direct relevance for the management of biological resources and ecological systems. The Journal opened for submissions in December 2019, and will be publishing its first issue later this year.

The Journal welcomes original research, data articles, case studies and short reports communicating key findings and observations for all areas relating to practical environmental management. All major themes in applied ecology are considered, such as conservation biology, global change, environmental pollution, wildlife and habitat management, land use and management, aquatic resources, restoration ecology, and the management of pests, weeds and disease.

Ecological Solutions and Evidence is at the centre of  Applied Ecology Resources, a dynamic online information repository designed to facilitate information exchange for anyone involved in the management or monitoring of natural systems. Promoting evidence-based decision making, Applied Ecology Resources serves as a storehouse of applied ecological information including both scientific research and grey literature.

About you

We are seeking an ecologist with strong connections in ecological management and practice to join the current editorial team, collaborating with the Editor-in-Chief and Lead Editor to develop this new Journal’s profile and reach worldwide. This is an exciting opportunity to shape the strategy and development of an innovative journal and publishing model aiming to better bridge the gap between research and practice in ecology.

The ideal candidate will be a clear communicator who works well as part of a team and a good decision-maker who acts with integrity. They will have a solid understanding of their own field of ecology (candidates with expertise in marine or freshwater systems are particularly welcome), as well as an overview of the wider discipline; a desire to improve connections between research and practice; experience of reviewing and editing processes; and an interest in ongoing developments within academic publishing. This post is a part-time three-year contract (current salary c. £3,000 per annum which equates to approximately €3,600 or $3,800) and located at the holder’s host university or organisation, based anywhere in the world. Some additional financial support is available to facilitate attendance at meetings with other BES Editors and to act as ambassadors for the Journal at relevant conferences.


We would particularly like to encourage applicants with expertise in aquatic (freshwater and marine) biomes but we welcome and will consider applications from candidates with expertise in any field of applied ecology within the scope of the Journal.

Interested candidates are welcome to discuss the post prior to application with the Editor-in-Chief, Professor Marc Cadotte or Managing Editor, Erika Newton.

For the full job description and to apply, please click here.