Assistant Editor (Trainee)

Founded in 1985, NHBS Ltd ( is a world leader in supplying natural history, ecology and conservation books and ecological survey equipment to institutions, retailers, companies, and private customers around the world. In addition to the retail business, NHBS manufactures equipment in an on-site workshop and publishes two magazines, British Wildlife and Conservation Land Management. NHBS is passionate about making a positive environmental impact - our core purpose is to support those who work to understand, protect and conserve the natural environment.

British Wildlife and Conservation Land Management are long-running, subscription-only magazines that were acquired by NHBS in March 2016. Now, both magazines are growing and we are looking for a full-time Assistant Editor (trainee) to join our busy publications team in our office in Totnes. This exciting position will involve working with the UK's most highly regarded conservationists, scientists and natural-history writers to deliver authoritative and original content on ecology, conservation and environmental policy. This is an entry level role, with opportunities for the right candidate to transition quickly into the Assistant Editor role.

As Assistant Editor (trainee), some of your responsibilities will include:

  • Working closely with the Editor in the day-to-day management of both magazines
  • Steering articles through the entire editing process, including guiding authors over several stages of draft, copy editing and proofreading
  • Helping the editorial board in assessing and responding to submissions
  • Maintaining relationships with authors, publishers, copy-editors, organisations, and stakeholders in the conservation world
  • Representing British Wildlife and NHBS at conferences and meetings
  • Other administrative tasks and duties as required

The ideal candidate will bring the following to the role:

  • A passion for natural history, conservation and policy issues in Britain and Ireland. Familiarity with British Wildlife and its readership will be an asset
  • Educated to degree level
  • Experience of editorial processes
  • Excellent attention to detail and organisational skills
  • An ability to work to deadlines and remain calm under pressure
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Tact and diplomacy when dealing with authors, freelance contractors, and reader enquiries

Our offer to you

The successful candidate will be joining a diverse and friendly workforce of 45 staff.

We are based in Totnes, South Devon, right next to the River Dart, halfway between Dartmoor and the coast. We have been selling natural history and science books since 1985, ecological survey equipment since 2009, and publishing magazines since 2016.

This full-time permanent position is available immediately. Salary: £18,000-£20,000 (depending on experience), based on a 37.5 hour week Monday - Friday, with the position attracting 28 days holiday p.a, including bank holidays, up to three paid days of conservation volunteering p.a., and a generous company pension.


Please email your CV and Cover Letter by 19th July 2019 to Anneli Meeder (

published: 04 July 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.