Technical Editor (Environmental/Engineering)

Irvine, San Diego, Los Angeles, Salinas, Concord, Sacramento, CA
Full Time
Mid Level
Harris is a 100% employee-owned company focused on solving today's complex challenges in planning, design, and construction of public infrastructure. Our offices and project sites span the West Coast in California, and Washington with a staff of over 260 employee-owners. We focus on serving clients in the municipal, water, transportation, and education markets. 

Harris & Associates is seeking a Technical Editor to play an integral part in the development of technical documents for various projects. Our ideal candidate is a curious, detail-oriented, resourceful, and flexible editor with experience in the environmental planning and compliance and/or engineering industry who can demonstrate excellent editorial skills and sound decision-making to manage various elements of complex technical document production under tight deadlines.

This full-time position may be based in one of the following offices and may have hybrid or remote options available:
  • California: Concord, Irvine, Los Angeles, Ontario, Sacramento, Salinas, San Diego, Temecula
  • Nevada: Las Vegas
  • Washington: Seattle
Responsibilities and Duties
  • Provides technical editing and document management/organization assistance.
  • Reviews documents for errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, logic, and references.
  • Reviews documents for clarity, readability, and consistent editorial style.
  • Reviews tables, figures, and other graphics for consistency and clarity.
  • Applies working knowledge of various style guides, including The Chicago Manual of Style, and learns and applies the Harris & Associates technical editorial style.
  • Ensures conformance with project- and client-specific style guidelines and creates project- and client-specific style sheets as necessary.
  • Provides editorial guidance and recommendations to authors as needed.
  • Formats documents using Microsoft Word font styles and templates.
  • Creates and maintains templates for authors that are easy to use and adapt as necessary.
  • Coordinates with writing teams to manage editorial workflow, including editing, formatting, PDFing, and project manager and client review rounds.
  • Attends project meetings as necessary and assists with document milestone schedules.
  • Efficiently manages time to meet deadlines.
  • Researches and provides solutions for document content and management/organization issues.
  • Learns department processes and procedures to ensure that technical documents follow Harris & Associates quality standards and schedules.
  • Contributes to editorial guidelines and resources updates.
  • Learns from and applies feedback from editorial peer and writing team quality checks.
  • Creates administrative records as requested.
  • Assists in the production, quality checks, and distribution of work products (including hard copies) as requested.
Required Qualifications and Skills
  • BA in English or other writing-intensive field and/or equivalent 5+ years’ experience editing technical documents in the environmental planning and compliance and/or engineering industry.
  • Experience with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)/National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation (e.g., environmental impact reports; initial studies/mitigated negative declarations; and biological resources, cultural resources, air quality/greenhouse gas emissions, hydrology/water quality, and/or noise technical reports), other environmental analyses and environmental documents (e.g., climate action and adaptation plans, local hazard mitigation plans, general plans), and supporting materials (figures, tables, appendices).
  • Able to manage project editorial schedules and overall workload to meet deadlines, investigate editorial and document management/organization issues, and deliver effective solutions.
  • Able to explain issues and solutions to team members and provide accurate work forecasts and status updates.
  • Able to teach and learn from team members, maintain a positive attitude under changing demands and deadlines, and coordinate with team members to achieve a common goal.
  • Able to work independently with limited guidance.
  • Able to quickly self-teach new skills and software, be productive when faced with changing demands and deadlines, and prioritize assignments when working on with multiple projects.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word (specifically Track Changes, Styles, and AutoText/AutoCorrect functions), PowerPoint, and Excel and Adobe Acrobat.
Preferred Qualifications and Skills
  • Experience with PerfectIt, Word macros, Airtable, and Bluebeam Revu.
Compensation and Benefits
We offer competitive salaries and benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, EAP, PTO, paid holidays, and more.
The salary rate offered for this position is $70k-$90k. Actual pay offered will be dependent on the experience and expertise of the incoming candidate. 
Harris & Associates an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability) and provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.
Harris expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.


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