BirdsCaribbean Community,

The Journal of Caribbean Ornithology (JCO) is seeking a part-time Copy Editor to join our enthusiastic Editorial Team. For the past 33 years, the Journal of Caribbean Ornithology has been the leading ornithological journal in the Caribbean, providing free, peer-reviewed, ornithological literature to students, researchers, and conservationists across the globe. Read more about JCO’s history here, and explore our extensive, open-access archives here.

Job Description: The Copy Editor will work alongside our fantastic Editorial Team, specifically under the direction of the journal’s Lead Copy Editor, to move peer-reviewed manuscripts through the copy editing phase of production. This involves proof-reading and formatting manuscripts, cross-referencing literature, and editing for accuracy, among other responsibilities. The Copy Editor will be given a set of tasks to complete within a given period of time, but can fulfill those tasks at any time of day that is convenient to them. Applicants must be able to work independently while maintaining consistent and professional levels of communication with the JCO Editorial Board. This position can be worked remotely from anywhere with a solid internet connection.

Applicants must have:

  • Previous editing experience

  • Excellent English language skills and knowledge of grammar rules

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Ability to manage time effectively and meet deadlines

  • A reliable internet connection

Desired experience: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field

  • Previous experience editing scientific literature (does not need to have been ornithological literature)

  • Second language skills with Spanish and/or French

The position is projected to entail anywhere from 3-5 hours of work per week at $15/hr. Depending on work ethic and JCO needs, the successful applicant may be offered additional opportunities for growth within JCO. 

Interested applicants should send an email to with the subject line reading “JCO Copy Editor Position.” Within the email, please introduce yourself and provide a cover letter along with your current resume. In your cover letter, please describe your previous experience editing/proofreading, any experience with primary scientific literature, and a brief explanation of why you think this position would be a good fit for you.

Interested applicants should make contact immediately, as we aim to fill the position within the next couple of weeks.

Application period: July 15th to August 1st, 2020

Please note: this is a great opportunity for Caribbean nationals with the desired skill set. The position can be worked from home, has flexible hours (that can be woven around other life commitments), and pays well. 

Please direct all responses to:

Simon Campo

Lead Copy Editor, JCO