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Project Editor in Tucson, Arizona ( Full-Time)

Job Details

Headquarters - Oro Valley (Tucson), AZ
Full Time
High school or Equivalency
$20.91 - $24.95 Hourly

Job Description


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Job: Full-Time Project Editor based in Tucson, Arizona

(Position is based in Tucson Arizona, with the option to work hybrid or remotely for qualified individuals living in the Tucson or Phoenix  metro areas)


Western National Parks Association (WNPA) seeks a publishing professional to work within the Marketing & Communications team. The Project Editor oversees the planning, development, design, and production of educational publications for various print media. The Publishing Team focuses on creating high-quality books and other publishing assets for visitors to our 70+ partner national parks and online customers. This position also works collaboratively with other specialists on the team, to develop diverse publications that help fulfill the collective missions of WNPA and the National Park Service.  WNPA is a nonprofit publishing partner of the National Park Service, with a legacy of publishing excellence since 1938. With award-winning publications that inspire greater understanding of cultural, historical, national, and recreational resources, the Publishing Department supports innovative, collaborative, and creative thinking to help advance WNPA’s mission to ensure that national parks are increasingly valued by all.


Don’t meet every single requirement? At WNPA we are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


  • We collaborate. Being a part of WNPA means being part of one team with shared values and common goals. Every person counts and working closely together always brings better results. Partnership is our process and our collective capabilities is our superpower.
  • We innovate. At WNPA we always aim to find new and better ways to create innovative products and experiences. No matter what the project, you can always make a difference and have real impact. We welcome new ideas and value new initiatives that challenge conventional thinking.



This role is responsible for completing the following tasks and any related tasks as assigned:

  • Oversee all aspects of editorial project management, managing schedules, and workflows, within budgets, across various projects.
  • Maintain accurate records of project timelines, milestones, and deliverables, ensuring projects progress smoothly through editorial workflow.
  • Collaborate and communicate with stakeholders including freelancers, internal teams, vendors, and park partners to plan for and schedule projects, and track milestones, making sure deadlines and specifications are met.
  • Coordinate and manage external relationships and act as a liaison between publishing team, marketing, ecommerce, operations and external stakeholders.
  • Research and secure necessary permissions for third-party content, oversee copyright administration across a broad range of projects.
  • Conduct research, coordinate implementation of changes to departmental data and information systems.
  • Manage shared files, maintaining records, metadata, reports, and documentation, ensuring accuracy and accessibility.
  • Format and prepare text, photography, and illustrations, following established guidelines and formatting standards.
  • Contribute to discussions about and planning for marketing for a broad range of publications.
  • May assist with proofreading, project research, and collaboration with departmental colleagues and park partners on new project development as needed.
  • Performs any other related duties as assigned or requested.



This role must possess advanced to expert knowledge of, skill in, and/or ability in the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in publishing or related field.
  • Previous experience as an editorial assistant, associate/assistant editor, production editor or related positions preferred.
  • Familiarity with book production and copyright basics preferred.
  • Experience working with project management programs required, Asana preferred.
  • Experience and working knowledge of various computer programs including but not limited to databases, video conferencing software (i.e. Zoom), Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, and SharePoint), and Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop).
  • Ability to oversee multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently as well as collaboratively, with cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to learn on the job, quickly adjust to shifting priorities, organize, and re-prioritize.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to work diplomatically with a variety of people.
  • Strong project management, coordination, and organizational skills with superior attention to detail.
  • Skill in developing and maintaining positive professional relationships both inside and outside of the organization.



  • Occasional travel required for meetings, conferences, and visits to partner parks.


  • Physical demands for this role are administrative and editorial in nature. For a specific list of physical demands, please contact Human Resources at



We are committed to providing you with an outstanding employee benefits package and support. As a full-time employee, you will be eligible for:

  • Choice of 3 premium subsidized PPO Medical plans with built-in HSA or HRA, PPO Dental, Vision, Flex Medical Savings Plan, Dependent Care Savings Plan, Optional Voluntary Term Life, and 403(b) Retirement Plan with a fully vested 100% match up to 8.33% of income after 6 months service.
  • Company Paid Benefits include: Short- & Long-Term Disability, a $50,000 Employee Group Life policy, EAP, and Health & Wellness resources.
  • Eleven paid holidays, additional paid floating holiday, accrued paid vacation, and sick time.
  • Employee Appreciation: 15% Discount on employee purchases in-store.



 (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.)


Western National Parks Association is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.  We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristics as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.  WNPA makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.