Science Writer/Editor Contract

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S., Inc. (ARCUS) is a nonprofit consortium of organizations dedicated to Arctic research and education. We seek a freelance Science Writer/Editor for a three- to six-month contract.

The primary focus of the work will be editing contributions to the Witness the Arctic and Witness Community Highlights online publications.

Desired Qualifications

  • Excellent science writing and editing skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Experience and familiarity with styles commonly used by ARCUS (e.g., Chicago Manual of Style and Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary).
  • Ability to work effectively as a remote contractor, including use of electronic communications media and tools.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with ARCUS staff and contributors from the Arctic research community.
  • Knowledge of Arctic research issues is helpful.

Expected Tasks

  • Work with an ARCUS project manager and contributing authors to edit and iterate outside contributions to ARCUS publications.
  • Edit reports, proposals, and web content.
  • Draft summaries, abstracts, and/or promotional text for research activities and events.
  • Ensure content meets editorial specifications and adheres to standards for quality, graphics, format, and style.

The hourly rate will be $40-60/hour, dependent on experience. The specific scope of work and tasks will be developed with the contractor. The contractor will be required to have a business license and general liability insurance, and use their own equipment and facilities.

How to Apply

To apply, send a cover letter (including the average number of hours per week you are available) and a resume to jobs [at] by 5:00 pm AK on Sunday, 31 May 2020. No telephone calls please; questions about the position can be emailed to jobs [at]

ARCUS is an Equal Opportunity Organization