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Job Posting: Special Projects Layout Editor

by Shannon | March 05, 2014 18:12 05 Mar 18:12 | #10108 | #10108

Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science: Layout Editor

Start Date: Late March 2014

Location: Remote

Terms: Contract

The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab) is a community--supported by a 501(c)(3) non-profit--which develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible Do-It-Yourself techniques, Public Lab creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively re-imagine the human relationship with the environment.

We are looking for someone to take over the Grassroots Mapping Forum editor and layout roles, as well as a few small design projects throughout the year. Our ideal candidate is a Public Lab community member with writing and editing experience and graphics experience as well as a proficiency with Adobe InDesign. The contract role will have roughly $6,000/year in work.


Grassroots Mapping Forum

  • Planning article length with authors using the GMF template system
  • Coordinating and encouraging writers to complete submissions on time
  • Collecting image resources in print-quality sizes
  • Processing images for print in Photoshop
  • Laying articles out in InDesign
  • Reviewing with community before production of final document

Annual Report

  • Produced in the early Spring of each year, design and layout of 8.5” x 11” document and web prep.

Other Publications

  • Primarily digital publications, may include items such as maps book, packaging and instructions, sample handout and physical logbook for field sampling.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities Required

  • Excellent communication skills–in written, verbal and online formats.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and follow project budgets
  • Technical requirements: Adobe Suite, InDesign required. Familiarity with CSS, javascript and HTML is a plus.
  • Ability to collaborate on writing activities amongst a highly diverse community of people from many different fields and experience sets.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of Public Lab (community & nonprofit), its mission, its programs and services, and the ability to communicate them effectively.

Please send a cover letter, resume and a link to your website with work examples to by March 21, 2014. No phone calls please.


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