Copy Editor

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Job Description

The Natural History Museum (NHM) is a world-class visitor attraction, leading science research centre and commercial event space. We use our unique collections and unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. We care for more than 80 million specimens, both in our London and Tring museums, spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually.

We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we will soon launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats. Building on our world-leading collection, global reputation for science and as one of the world’s leading visitor attractions, the NHM has ambitious plans leading up to the 150 anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building in 2031, making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.

About the role

This position plays a critical role in key museum outputs such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year, our exhibitions, printed material and international programme.

Sitting within the Exhibitions and Interpretation team, you will be responsible for copy-editing most public-facing text (or facilitating others to proof-read text) to make sure it is suitable for its intended audience, is in line with the style guidelines and appropriate tones set by teams.

Proof-reading will be required for permanent gallery upgrades, exhibitions, exhibit updates, and marketing, and potentially other small pieces of public facing text as and when required.

About you

You will bring proven experience editing print material, and extensive proofreading experience to the role. You will also have skills around editing text in an InDesign or similar layout.

Excellent communication skills with demonstrable experience of managing expectations and influencing, will be essential, along with the ability to influence and negotiate at all levels.

Closing date: 9am on Wednesday 29 January 2020
Interviews will be held on: 12 or 13 February 2020

To apply, please visit and upload your CV with a covering letter, which clearly outlines how you meet our person specification.