CABI is an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. CABI is an intergovernmental organization that can trace its origins back to 1910. Our 49 member countries guide and influence our core areas of work, which include International Development and Publishing. 

We have over 500 staff based in 16 countries. We have offices in Brazil, China, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, the UK, the USA and Zambia.

CABI’s Knowledge Business

CABI produces key scientific publications,  including CAB Abstracts  – the world-leading abstracting and indexing database covering applied life sciences. We also publish multimedia compendia, books, eBooks and full text electronic resources aiming to further science and its application to real life. CABI invests its publishing surpluses directly into development projects, helping to improve livelihoods worldwide.

International Development projects and research

Through knowledge sharing and science, CABI helps address issues of global concern such as improving global food security and safeguarding the environment. We do this by helping farmers grow more and lose less of what they produce, combating threats to agriculture and the environment from pests and diseases, protecting biodiversity from invasive species, and improving access to agricultural and environmental scientific knowledge.

For more information go to www.cabi.org and www.plantwise.org


Job title:                        Content Editor

Salary range:               £27,000 – £33,000

Grade:                             Hay Band 4

Reporting to:               Content Manager

Direct reports:             None

Key peer group:          Content Editor, Associate Editor, Content Developer

Location:                        Wallingford UK – In order to process any applications from nationals outside of the EU and UK, we would require documentation to show the applicant is currently resident and able to work in the in the UK, or is able to relocate on own means and possesses full authorisation from the UK Border Agency (for further information please use the following link  http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/)

Purpose of the role: 

This post is responsible for the generation of content associated with the Invasive Species Compendium (ISC) and other compendia as needs arise. The ISC is a global resource covering invasive species of all taxa apart from human pathogens and is one of the knowledge platforms supporting the Invasive Species Programme (ISP). In the longer term, this post may also include other roles in knowledge management support for global ISP activities as the Programme grows, such as user needs assessment, product development and project management.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Commissioning, editing and management of peer review of expert summaries of invasive species for the Invasive Species Additional management of coverage, quality and quantity of other content relevant to stakeholders in this scientific specialism. This content may include bibliographic records, full text, reviews, book chapters and other relevant types. Similar input to other compendia (Crop Protection Compendium, Forestry Compendium, Horticulture Compendium, Aquaculture Compendium, and Animal Health and Production Compendium) as the role develops.
  • Liaise with the Content Manager (ISC, Editorial), Knowledge Management Operations Manager and others across the Content Development Department on issues of quality, quantity and development of content processed for this
  • Liaise with others across CABI who are responsible for the general creation, commissioning or acquisition of content types relevant to this
  • Assist in the creation of content, such as writing blogs, suggesting reviews, book content and full text additions, and preparing other compendium
  • Participate in projects and business development opportunities where


  ·         Excellent editorial skills

·         Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and an eye for detail

·         Enthusiasm for scientific communication

·         Broad knowledge of, and interest in, current developments in appropriate scientific discipline

·         Business awareness

·         Understanding of bibliographic databases and information management

·         Understanding of electronic publishing

·         Three or more years’ experience in an editorial role in academic publishing or in another information role related to the scientific discipline

How to apply for a conservation job - free eBook

·         Project experience

·         Technical aptitude, including use of in-house databases and proprietary software

·         Foreign language skills

Education & Qualifications REQUIRED DESIRABLE
  ·         Undergraduate or postgraduate degree in appropriate scientific discipline  
Personal Characteristics REQUIRED DESIRABLE
  ·         Team player

·         Self-motivation and commitment

·         Good sense of personal responsibility

·         Flexibility

·         Customer/end user focus

·         Enthusiasm

·         Confidence to interact internally and externally

·         Ability to meet strict deadlines



This job description is not intended to be exhaustive. It is expected that the post holder and CABI will adopt a flexible attitude and accept that the duties may have to be varied according to circumstances, in particular changing corporate requirements and individual development needs.


CABI is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation or marital status. No applicant will be disadvantaged by conditions which cannot be shown to be justified and selection will be based on merit.

By taking the CABI Equal Opportunities Survey you will be helping us to follow best practice recommendations that employers should monitor selection decisions to assess whether equality of opportunity is being achieved. Please follow the link to take the survey.

(If the link does not work please cut and paste the following URL into your web browser http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CABI_Equal_Opportunities_Survey)

The information in the survey will be treated as confidential and used for statistical purposes only, forming no part of the selection process. This information will be received separately from your application.


This role may be filled on secondment from the corporate sector or from other large international development organisations. To discuss a secondment opportunity, please contact Neil MacIntosh, HR Director, at [email protected]

To Apply

Please apply through CABI’s recruitment portal by visiting https://www.cabi.org/careers