Western National Parks Association

Production Editor

12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr. , Oro Valley, AZ, United States, 85755

Position: Full-Time


Western National Parks Association (WNPA) seeks a Production Editor to join the publishing division of our Marketing & Communications team. This position will report directly to the Publishing Manager and support the Publishing Manager by assisting with the planning and execution of the editing, and production aspects of reprint titles (primarily cooking, art/photography, and children’s books, plus trail guides and other national park-specific publications) as well as marketing materials and other media. WNPA has been publishing books since 1938 and has an extensive backlist as well as many exciting opportunities to develop new publications.


  • Receive and implement corrections to text and make minor design updates for reprint titles
  • Communicate with printers to establish reprint project costs and schedules and ensure all reprints are produced correctly and on time
  • Prepare files for printing and transmit final files to printer
  • Collaborate with NPS staff and other key players on manuscripts of revised editions and provide copyediting and/or rewrite support for requested changes
  • Proofread draft layouts of revised editions
  • Fact check, copyedit, and/or proofread marketing materials, including flyers, posters, social media posts, and a quarterly newsletter
  • Provide print production support to marketing team as needed, including sending estimate requests, evaluating costs and schedules, and checking files and proofs
  • Complete documentation for the Library of Congress and Copyright Office
  • Update report of publishing projects and circulate to appropriate internal staff
  • Maintain accurate title records in company product and financial systems


  • Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule format
  • Work independently and in a team environment to support WNPA goals and initiatives
  • Support the creation of marketing materials for publications
  • Professional project management, project coordination, and/or production experience, preferably with media projects in a fast, deadline-driven environment


  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Superior attention to detail
  • Superior organization skills and ability to manage multiple projects and changing priorities
  • Working knowledge of text, layout, and image editing in InDesign and Photoshop
  • Ability to collaborate on and execute new products, publications, and other projects
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive professional relationships with staff located in remote offices as well as colleagues in various other organizations
  • Experience with fact checking
  • Experience or interest in working closely with national parks and the National Park Service
  • Must possess computer skills with Microsoft Office suite products to include but not limited to, internet, email, word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, and databases


  • Most work tasks are performed indoors, where temperature is moderate and controlled by office environmental systems. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet, but may become loud during high customer volume or special events. Occasional work may be performed outside under natural conditions (special events, etc.). Environment will vary when outside work or travel is required
  • Must be able to sit at a desk for up to 8 hours per day. Walking and standing are occasionally required
  • Requires grasping, writing, standing, sitting, walking, repetitive motions, listening and hearing ability and visual acuity
  • Talking and hearing occur continuously in the process of communicating with customers, volunteers, supervisors/managers, directors and co-workers
  • Vision occurs continuously with the most common visual functions being those of near vision, depth perception and color vision
  • Regularly required to bend, stoop, kneel, or crouch
  • Ability to work primarily with fingers to pick, pinch, type and carry out substantial movements (motions) of the wrists and hands as well
  • Requires manual and finger dexterity to be able to operate all necessary equipment such as but limited to; computers, printers, 10-key adding machine, multi-line touch tone phone, filing cabinets, FAX machines, photocopiers, dolly and other office equipment as needed
  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 15 pounds
  • Occasionally required to push/pull up to 50 pounds a distance of about 25 feet


  • Occasional travel may be required, including to remote National Park Service sites


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • At least two years of job experience in publishing and/or media, preferably in book publishing
  • Professional copyediting and proofreading experience, preferably using house style guides and/or Chicago Manual of Style

(This job description is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all job functions that an employee in this position may be asked to perform from time to time.)

The Western National Parks Association is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability, genetic information,  veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

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About Western National Parks Association:

WNPA helps make the national park experience possible for everyone. As a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service, WNPA supports parks across the West, developing products, services, and programs that enrich the visitor experience. Since 1938, WNPA has worked to connect new generations to parks in meaningful ways, all with one simple goal: create advocates who want to preserve and protect these special places for everyone, for all time. Learn more at www.wnpa.org.

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