JOB OPENING: Open Rivers Editorial Assistant

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Priority Application Deadline:
Friday, December 10

Open Rivers: Rethinking Water, Place & Community seeks a graduate student to join the team as Editorial Assistant for Spring 2022.


A successful candidate must have an interest in public scholarship, interdisciplinary and community-driven work, and editorial methods and processes. 

The Open Rivers Editorial Assistant will support the editorial development of material for publication in Open Rivers. Because Open Rivers is a journal of public scholarship, this work involves working with texts and authors to ensure both the intellectual integrity of content and its accessibility to a broad audience. The work will include a range of editorial responsibilities including opportunities to write for Open Rivers, recruit other writers, and work with authors and texts as we move them through our recruitment, editorial, production, and promotion processes.


Dates: Spring Semester 2022 (January-May 2022) with the possibility of extension/renewal
Category: 25% Graduate Assistantship


  • Flexible 10 hours/week
  • Weekly meetings on Tuesday or Thursday in person
  • Mix of on-site and remote work

Main Responsibilities

  • Assist with editorial processes including correspondence with authors, organizing author materials, offering comments on articles, copyediting texts to align with journal style
  • Write a column for Open Rivers to be included in a future issue
  • Recruit authors, especially early-career people, with a focus on the In Review column for Open Rivers
  • Support promotion of journal via social media platforms, expanding journal networks
  • Support journal processes and work in other ways by accomplishing related duties as assigned/necessary 


Additional Opportunities

  • Learn and practice elements of the production process including WordPress and InDesign as interested
  • Contribute to qualitative data analysis of journal content as interested
  • Facilitate writer surveys using Qualtrics to help improve journal processes as interested


Required Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled graduate student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience editing texts for publication
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience working effectively and respectfully with diverse constituencies


Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Open Rivers journal
  • Background with environmental conversations and questions, particularly related to water
  • Curiosity about public scholarship and publishing processes
  • Interest in work on environmental justice and climate change
  • ABD with 24 thesis credits completed 



  • 25% Graduate Assistant position (10 hours per week) at $26.73 per hour


Application Instructions

Please send a cover letter and resume or CV to [email protected] with the subject line “Editorial Assistant.” The position is open until filled. The priority application deadline is Friday, December 10th