Document Editor – Aarcher, Inc

The editor must have two-to-five years of editing and formatting experience and possess a comprehensive understanding of Microsoft Word (especially version 2010). The individual should possess skills in: editing to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition, formatting using heading styles, developing and manipulating tables, inserting headers and footers, inserting graphics, bookmarking, preparing tables of contents, and indexes, and knowledge of Adobe Acrobat.

Editing work will range from correcting grammar and spelling (copy editing), to rewriting/reorganizing text and document organization (substantive editing), to working with project managers to produce copy text (writing). The editor should have sufficient skills to take rough copy to a “camera ready” draft ready for printing.

The materials to be edited would range from postcards, flyers, correspondence, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, and a variety of small to medium-sized planning, environmental, and technical reports. Occasionally, the editor might be asked to edit a somewhat larger document (e.g., an environmental assessment) or to provide support in editing portions of a larger, more complex document (e.g., an environmental impact statement or wilderness plan). All editing work would be done in a PC/non-Apple environment.


  • Thorough knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition.
  • Possess thorough knowledge of English usage, including grammar, diction, style, organization, and idea development; thorough knowledge of writing and editing principles, methods, and practices; ability to write original material and to synthesize, organize, rewrite, refine, format, and edit rough-draft material while maintaining the integrity of ideas.
  • Possess an advanced knowledge of personal computer systems (PC platforms) and a thorough understanding of writing/editing using electronic software (Microsoft Word), two-column page formatting, and able to insert graphics and photos, with a working knowledge of Adobe Acrobat and Excel.
  • Have a thorough understanding of best practices, appropriate labor hours, and level of effort necessary to edit documents and ability to realistically estimate writing and editing workloads.
  •  Be proficient in communicating, orally and in writing, to work as a member of a planning team, and be able to help team members gain consensus for wording of specific and sensitive topics, explanations, or descriptions.
  •  Have a functional knowledge or the ability to gain a functioning knowledge (in a reasonable period of time) of the National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act (section 106), NPS guidelines and management policies, including pertinent director’s orders relating to NEPA and historic preservation compliance, the NPS messaging program, and the DSC Editing Manual. Familiarity with environmental technical language.
  • Possess knowledge of team building skills and techniques such as problem solving, interpersonal communication, and maintaining a liaison with the project manager. Ability to work in a professional environment—maintaining a professional demeanor and understanding of workplace protocols.

Position – part-time up to full-time, on-site at customer’s (federal agency) office, in Lakewood, Colorado – this is not negotiable. Hours are somewhat flexible and negotiable, but would be Monday through Friday during normal business hours. An average of 24 to 40 hours a week is anticipated.

Must pass a security background check conducted by the federal government.

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