The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) State Office in Boise is seeking a Technical Editor. This position will edit, format, and manage the publication of technical reports, protocols, and outreach materials for diverse audiences, including government agencies, the regulated community, the scientific community, and the public.
Example of Duties
Work closely with scientists, engineers, and other technical experts to communicate complex ideas in a way the public and nontechnical audiences can understand:
Demonstrate proficiency in interpreting and translating scientific and technical information into information accessible to the public.
Conduct substantive edits (i.e., check accuracy of data, consistency, document organization and flow, and logic of argument; eliminate extraneous material; and suggest additions to clarify content while maintaining technical accuracy).
Make analysis-based decisions at the document, paragraph, sentence, or word level.
Perform independent technical research, including referencing state and federal rules and codes.
Make copy edits with extreme attention to detail (i.e., check grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling, figure/table callouts, hyperlinks, and table of contents).
Adhere to DEQ's internal editing process, including following established editing checklists, style guide, and formatting.
Demonstrate extensive knowledge of style guides, preferably the Chicago Manual of Style and Council of Science Editors Scientific Style and Format.
Use Microsoft Office software to develop and edit technical reports and collateral materials.
Experience in Microsoft Word (Advanced Level)--creating and using documents that require tracked changes and comments; incorporate graphics, tables, and charts; create and modify styles; and use developer to insert text fields.
Experience converting or transferring data from different software programs.
Provide advanced-level assistance to staff in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), PDF, and form development.
Develop expertise in form software to create, edit, and maintain electronically fillable forms.
Project Management Knowledge
Receive assignments from and work under general supervision by a manager but primarily work independently.
Manage multiple simultaneous projects and deadlines and adjust priorities based on management direction and program deadlines.
Make decisions and recommendations on the project level when working with technical staff during document development, review, and finalization.
Possession of a Bachelor's degree in the physical or biological sciences, political science, business or public administration, engineering, or related natural resources management field OR, any combination of education and/or experience equivalent to a typical four (4) year Bachelor's degree. For example: Successful completion of sixty (60) semester hours of study, including twenty-four (24) semester hours in a subject required for the specific discipline, is equivalent to two (2) years of undergraduate education; and/or experience performing routine duties in completing multiple tasks such as policy research, data collection, interpretation, analysis and preparation of reports and written documents for at least two (2) years can substitute for one (1) year of college.
At least four (4) years' experience managing and implementing, projects or component(s) of programs that are environmental, regulatory, or administrative in nature, where you were required to routinely perform program or project planning; provide technical assistance to staff, special interest groups and the public; and provide policy and/or regulatory interpretation and/or development.
Possession of a Master's degree in any of the above fields AND at least two (2) years' professional experience managing and implementing, or overseeing projects or component(s) of programs that are environmental in nature, where you were required to routinely perform program or project planning; provide technical assistance to staff, special interest groups and the public; and provide policy and/or regulatory interpretation and/or development.
Specialty Minimum Qualifications (required for this position):
DEQ (3142) Editing
DEQ (5211B) Project Management
Ability to sit and work on a computer for 2-4 hours at a time
Some periods of heavy reading and typing required
The Department of Environmental Quality may conduct verification of the information provided in your application, including validation of driver's license status, education, employment, and criminal history. Omission and/or falsification of information provided in your application will result in your removal from consideration for employment, appointment, or promotion.
To protect human health
and the quality of
Idaho's air, land, and water.
If you have questions, please contact us at:
Idaho Division Of Human Resources