Call for Assistant Editor, Society and Natural Resources (grad student in Sociology)

Society & Natural Resources (SNR), a leading, international environmental social science journal, is
undergoing a planned, periodic editorial transition. 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, are the incoming
Editors-in-Chief of the journal, for issues appearing during 2015-2017. In conjunction with this transition,
they seek formal expressions of interest from individuals seriously interested in consideration for a
part-time, 12 month, term appointment as Assistant Editor of the journal.

Responsibilities. 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.


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.


Further information. Please contact Dr. David Sonnenfeld via email at (, or Dr. Peter
Leigh Taylor at (


Colorado State University