Science Writer and Editor

Science Writer and Editor

Green Ink is recruiting for a full-time, permanent, home-based, Science Writer and Editor.

Location: UK. You must be legally entitled to work in the UK.

Experience: At least five years’ experience as a science writer and editor.

Qualifications: Relevant university qualification in a subject related to science, the environment or international development.

Contract: Full-time, permanent.

Salary: Negotiable.

Start date: ASAP.

Closing date for applications: 5pm Friday 28 August 2020.

Green Ink requires an experienced science writer and editor to join its editorial team.

You should have a background in writing about issues relating to science, the environment and development, particularly in our specialist areas: climate change and the environment, public health and medicine (especially child/maternal health and WASH), agriculture and forestry, natural resources management (especially water), sustainability, international development and humanitarian issues. You should have demonstrable experience of writing and editing material in at least one of these areas, in a variety of formats, and for different audiences; and you should feel confident and competent to tackle assignments in any area.

You should have at least five years’ relevant experience and a university qualification in a subject related to science, the environment or international development. We are looking for a candidate with particularly strong writing and substantive editing skills, who is capable of working in a variety of styles and able to pitch copy at different levels for general readers, professionals and technical experts. You must be able to work from a brief, pull-together information from multiple sources and produce readable and engaging text. A proven ability to conceptualise infographics and make suggestions for visualising content will be an advantage.

You should have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to get along with colleagues in a friendly and professional manner, interview experts to gather information and liaise with clients both face-to-face and electronically.

You must demonstrate strong proofreading and editing skills, with a keen eye for detail, and have the ability to copy-edit following a style guide.

Good project management skills and the ability to manage substantial editorial projects through the production process will be an advantage.

You will need to be able to work as part of a team and to show that you can also work independently with minimal need for supervision. You should be able to multi-task, manage multiple projects simultaneously and adhere to a structured workflow process even under pressure. You must be able to work accurately at speed and meet deadlines. You must be flexible and able to adapt to changing demands.

You must have strong IT skills with excellent knowledge of Microsoft Word, as well as Microsoft Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint, and also OneDrive. Knowledge of InCopy or InDesign or other relevant software will be an advantage. You should also be comfortable with attending meetings via Skype and Zoom.

This role is home-based although you may be required to work from any other location, and you will be expected to travel as necessary for assignments. Your home location must be served by a strong and reliable broadband connection. Green Ink is an established ‘virtual’ business with many years of experience in remote-working; all our staff work remotely and we do not have a head office.

You should be UK-based and you must be legally entitled to work in the UK. If you are based outside of the UK then you may be able to work with us on a long-term self-employed consultancy basis as an Associate (see here).

Green Ink is an equal opportunities employer.

Please note that you may be required to take editorial tests as part of the selection process.

Please apply by email to Diane Clifford at with a cover letter explaining why you are suitable for this role and stating your salary expectation, a CV and three examples of your written work.

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