JOB – Asst. Editor, Society and Natural Resources

Society & Natural Resources (SNR), a leading international environmental social science journal seeks formal expressions of interest from individuals seriously interested in consideration for a part-time, 12 month, term appointment as Assistant Editor of the journal. The Assistant Editor will work under the supervision of incoming Editors-in-Chief Dr. David Sonnenfeld, Dept. of Environmental Studies, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), Syracuse, NY; and Dr. Peter Leigh Taylor, Dept. of Sociology, Colorado State University (CSU), Fort Collins, CO. The position will remain open until filled.

Responsibilities: Society & Natural Resourecs (SNR) is published monthly, 12 issues per year. The Assistant Editor works approximately 20 hrs. per week, under the supervision of and in close cooperation with the Editors-in-Chief of the journal, and in regular contact with both authors and the journal’s publisher. The Assistant Editor manages the day-to-day receipt, screening, processing, preparation, and submission of manuscripts (the journal receives more than 350 mss. per year). The Assistant Editor administers and maintains the online manuscript submission/ review system for the journal. Specific tasks include preparing submitted manuscripts for peer review; responding via e-mail to routine author inquiries; communicating with the Associate Editors and publisher’s technical and production staff; copyediting accepted manuscripts prior to submission for production; updating journal records and statistics, etc. As a monthly publication, the position is deadline-driven throughout the year, including through university breaks as necessary.
Required:  Bachelor’s degree or higher in the social sciences or humanities. Outstanding English language writing and editing skills. Professional/ business communication experience. Excellent time management and organizational skills. Proficiency with office computing applications, including MS Word, MS Excel, and Adobe Acrobat; ability to learn proprietary database software.
Preferred: Master’s degree in the social sciences or humanities, with academic experience in interdisciplinary environmental studies, natural resource management, or related field. Prior experience in academic writing, editing, and publishing. Experience with online manuscript management systems. Availability through June 2017, and possibly longer.
Optional forms: The appointment of the Assistant Editor may take one of several forms:
• New or matriculated graduate student at SUNY-ESF (Syracuse, NY) or CSU (Ft. Collins,
• Part-time/ visiting instructor at SUNY-ESF or CSU; or
• Independent contractor/ vendor in either the Syracuse, NY, or Fort Collins, CO, areas.
Preferred: Our first preference is to support a new or matriculated master’s or Ph.D. student in a graduate program at either SUNY-ESF (Syracuse, NY) or CSU (Ft. Collins, CO). For a graduate student appointment, the applicant would need to be either already enrolled in, or qualified for admission to, the respective graduate program of interest.
Location. Our strong preference is to appoint an Assistant Editor at either the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY; or Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO.
Remuneration: Compensation will depend on the type of appointment. For the successful candidate who is a matriculated graduate student, compensation will take the form of a Graduate Research Assistantship, including monthly stipend, tuition waiver, summer salary, and eligible benefits such as health insurance coverage typically associated with such an appointment at one of the two institutions. Stipends will vary depending on PhD or MS status & institution.* For a successful candidate who is a part-time/ visiting instructor, compensation will likely take the form of a supplemental, part-time, term appointment; such an appointment would include eligible benefits associated with such an appointment at one of the two institutions. Independent contractors/ vendors would be compensated on a ‘fee for service’ basis; such an appointment will not include benefits.
Start date: Target start date is early summer 2015, including an overlapping training period with the current Assistant Editor, and in conjunction with the start of the 2015-16 academic year. A matriculated graduate student appointee would be appointed for an initial term of one academic year, with extension and renewal based on expected academic progress and successful execution of the position’s responsibilities. Other appointees would be for an initial term of six months, with extension and renewal based on successful execution of the position’s responsibilities. Expressions of interest. Should include a formal cover letter (including statement of interest in the position, qualifications and experience for the position, dates of availability, and preferred appointment option), up-to-date résumé, and contact information for three references. Send via email to both Drs. Sonnenfeld and Taylor, at the addresses below.
Deadline: All formal expressions of interest received by 5:00pm EST, October 31, 2014, will receive priority consideration with respect to Fall 2015 graduate admissions. Subsequent calls may be made and/ or applications solicited until the position has been filled. Prospective PhD or master’s students: Separate applications for graduate admission will be required and are the responsibility of the candidates. Qualifications, procedures, and deadlines may vary by program and institution. Verification of graduate admission and enrollment at SUNY-ESF or CSU will be required prior to the commencement of this position.
Further information: Please contact Dr. David Sonnenfeld via email at (, or Dr. Peter Leigh Taylor at (

The position will remain open until filled.