Editor/Writer - Fort Collins, Colorado

Updated: 16 days ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 05 Sep 2022

Posting Details
Posting Detail Information


Working Title Editor/Writer - Fort Collins, Colorado
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Is this position eligible for hybrid or remote work?
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202201232AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Research Associate II
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $57,000—$65,000
Employee Benefits
Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: https://hr.colostate.edu/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/ & https://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/ .
Desired Start Date 10/10/2022
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 09/05/2022
Description of Work Unit
CEMML is a research, education, and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at CSU. CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DoD) and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and other CSU departments to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions that sustain our resources for future generations.
To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, please visit http://www.cemml.colostate.edu/.
Position Summary
The Colorado State University (CSU) Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) is seeking a highly motivated candidate to serve as an Editor/Writer for a fast-growing team of natural resources specialists (hereafter, Team) in Fort Collins, Colorado. Currently, the Team’s projects meet two areas of crucial need among natural resource programs and managers at Department of Defense (DoD) installations: (1) Natural Resources Planning and Compliance Support, and (2) Wildlife and Habitat Management. To meet these needs, our Team comprises expertise in ecology, climatology, inventory and monitoring, wildlife and habitat management, geographic information systems, natural resources planning/compliance with natural resource laws and policies and presenting science for diverse audiences.
The Editor/Writer is responsible for ensuring that the Team’s products shine—they must look professional and read well so that readers/users can easily apply the information provided to conserving and restoring our Nation’s natural resources on military lands. The Team’s primary products are Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans (INRMPs) and Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plans (ICRMPs), with intermittent needs for individual resource management plans, project reports, and/or public outreach materials. The Editor/Writer will be responsible primarily for editing and assisting with developing INRMPs, ICRMPs, and project reports. Editing assignments will entail conducting in-depth quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) for written products to ensure that they are well organized, maximize word economy and clarity, and follow rules of grammar and punctuation. This could include any level of editing, from minor copyediting to significant wordsmithing. It also requires significant use of advanced MS Word features, including styles, sections, tables of contents, headers/footers, importing files from other applications, and other advanced Word functions to ensure that documents have consistent formatting, adhere to template requirements, and have suitable design elements.
Day-to-day decision-making, as it relates to editing other people’s writing, is required. This includes determining whether and how to repair awkward syntax, condense/paraphrase wordy text, and/or reorganize text to clarify and improve readability in written works by other authors. This frequently requires also deciding when changes should be tracked to allow the author an opportunity to ensure that original meaning was not altered. With regard to writing, day-to-day decision-making may include determining what content to develop, from where the reference material should come, and how to interpret that material and condense paraphrase it in one’s own words. Most assignments will require or benefit greatly from an editor with a background in natural and/or cultural resources to ensure that (1) text is scientifically accurate and relevant, and (2) the language used is appropriate for a given topic and audience. To that end, we are seeking candidates with a degree in natural or cultural-related sciences and at least three years of professional experience in writing, editing, and formatting scientific materials for government agency personnel and/or professional journals, as well as for the general public. This is a full-time position (40 hours/week) with benefits. The position will be remote until early 2023. Travel for this position is not expected.
This position will be based in Fort Collins—a small but growing and progressive city nestled against the eastern flanks of the central Rocky Mountains, approximately one hour north of Denver in north-central Colorado. Its location and Colorado’s idyllic climate make Fort Collins a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Within easy reach are myriad trails for hiking, mountain biking, wildlife watching, horseback riding, and back-country skiing on a plethora of public lands, including nearby National Parks, Forests, and Grasslands, and countless local natural areas. Fort Collins also has a vibrant cultural scene, with many options for enjoying theater productions, music events, annual festivals, museums, art galleries, restaurants, gardens, and more. The Fort Collins schools and community services are top-notch.
Beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, Colorado State University has mandated vaccinations against COVID-19. Faculty and staff are required to submit their vaccine status or declare an exemption. More information about the vaccination mandate can be found on the CSU COVID-19 Information & Resources site here, https://covid.colostate.edu/pandemic-preparedness-team-broad-guidance-for-all-summer-and-fall-2021-activities/.
Required Job Qualifications
  • At least 3 years of professional experience editing/formatting/writing written scientific works and public outreach materials.
  • M.S. in a natural resources-related field (e.g., Ecology, Wildlife Sciences, Natural Resources Management) or an M.A. or M.S. in a cultural resources-related field (e.g., Anthropology, Archaeology, Historic Preservation, Cultural Resources Management); or a B.S. or B.A. in one of those fields and at least 3 years of professional experience in a natural or cultural resources field or a second degree or certificate in English or Journalism.
  • Demonstrated experience using advanced formatting and editing features of MS Word, including (but not limited to) developing/applying styles, headers/footers, cross references, and inserting/formatting graphics/photographs.
  • Experience manipulating/formatting tables in Excel and exporting them to Word documents.
  • Experience exporting Word documents to Adobe pdf format and handling hotlinks, attachments, etc. in final pdfs.
  • General knowledge of U.S. Natural and/or Cultural Resources Laws.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. by proposed start date; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Experience using Adobe InDesign or some other layout application for designing and laying out written products.
  • Experience editing photographs (e.g., cropping, exposure/contrast corrections) and manipulating photographs and graphics embedded in text (e.g., handling text wrapping, image margins, captions, etc.).
  • Experience using and building custom reference styles in Mendeley or other reference manager application.
  • Experience using ArcGIS for minor edits to map legends, titles, etc.
Diversity Statement
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion..

Essential Duties


Job Duty Category Editing/Wordsmithing
Duty/Responsibility
Copy edit / wordsmith large planning documents, project reports, professional articles, public outreach products; may include reorganizing, rewriting and improving language, conducting overall quality assurance / quality control; , and assisting Team authors with challenges pertaining to writing style, grammar, styles, layout, etc.
Percentage Of Time 50
Job Duty Category Writing
Duty/Responsibility
Write sections of scientific reports or planning documents, or text for public outreach materials; conduct background literature search as needed to ensure inclusion of accurate/relevant content and appro9priately interpret that information and condense / paraphrase it for inclusion in written materials.
Percentage Of Time 25
Job Duty Category Advanced formatting in Word and document layout
Duty/Responsibility
Apply client-required styles/templates, use advanced Word styles to ensure consistent CEMML formatting and develop layout according to CEMML/CSU branding and standards for products to ensure consistent, professional appearance.
Percentage Of Time 25

Application Details


Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than September 5, 2022 for full consideration. Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted.
Upload each of the items below individually as a Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birth dates from application materials. A complete application consists of:
  • Statement of Qualifications (one-page letter addressing each qualification described in the announcement) uploaded in the ‘Cover Letter’ slot.
  • Resume
  • A Writing Sample: a sample of writing such as a research paper from a job or class; narrative papers from a job or class; blog posts; press releases; or articles or other contributions
  • References – please include within your application contact information for 3 professional references including at least one supervisor.

  • References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

    Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
    Search Contact Jennie Anderson (Jennie.anderson@colostate.edu)
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