Editor/Production Coordinator - DNREC

Senior Writer/Editor

Recruitment #071422-MECZ03-400100


The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, protects public health, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and educates Delawareans about the environment. The senior writer/editor is part of the Public Affairs team, which executes a comprehensive marketing communication strategy to advance the Department's mission to protect Delaware's environment for current and future generations.


For more information, visit the website at dnrec.delaware.gov and connect with @DelawareDNREC on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Summary Statement

The full-time senior writer/editor is responsible for researching and writing a variety of internal and external communications projects, such as employee messages, opinion editorials, marketing pieces, website copy, speeches, and feature articles for the Outdoor Delaware online magazine, de.gov/outdoordelaware. The position requires collaboration with the Public Affairs team, as well as subject-matter experts across the Department.  The writer will work closely with the in-house graphic designer, photographer, videographer, webmaster, and other professionals. The position will plan and develop promotional strategies and materials to increase engagement and reach; evaluate performance.

Selective Requirement

Selective Requirements must be met in addition to the job requirements.  Applicants who do not possess the selective requirement will not be qualified.
  1. Knowledge of Associated Press (AP) style guidelines.

Preferred Qualification

Applicants who do not possess the preferred qualification will still be eligible to compete for this position if job requirements are met.

  1. Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing, or related field.
  2. Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) credential.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Plans content by determining appropriate article or multimedia subjects and audio/visual materials through collaboration with agency colleagues.
  • Researches, writes and edits appropriate articles, creative storyboarding and scripts, art and photography, and/or multimedia productions (e.g. taped and live videos; live and prerecorded radio broadcasts; broadcast type closed circuit teleconferences; and other similar productions, such as slide shows with sound accompaniments).
  • Establishes and monitors production schedule and resolves production problems.
  • Oversees and approves layout and storyboarding to ensure accuracy, quality, cost and deadline compliance.
  • Prepares, justifies and controls the annual production budget for the publication or production. Develops bid specifications/contracts, recommends contractors, monitors contracts for compliance and reviews/approves contractors work.
  • Plans and develops promotional strategies and materials to increase engagement and reach; evaluate performance,  data and trends.
  • Assists with other informational, promotional and educational activities/productions by planning and coordinating content, writing and editing a variety of internal and external marketing communications projects, such as employee messages, opinion editorials, marketing pieces, website copy, speeches and feature articles.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Editor/Producer
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Six months experience in the design and production of print, digital information or other multimedia production.
  2. Six months experience in planning, writing, formatting and editing information for a magazine, newspaper or other production.
  3. Knowledge of budget management and control which includes managing a budget for the purpose of keeping expenditures within the limitations of available appropriations and available revenue and maintaining, monitoring, projecting and controlling a budget within set policies and procedures.
  4. Knowledge of contract management and control which includes ensuring compliance with terms of contracts; negotiating changes to existing contracts.

Additional Posting Information

A portfolio of work samples will be requested by those invited to interview.

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware Executive Branch participates in the Federal E-Verify system where the State will provide the federal government with each new hires Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our job seeker resources.

As a condition of hire you must possess a valid driver's license (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).


To learn more about the comprehensive benefit package please visit our website at https://dhr.delaware.gov/benefits/

Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at Delaware State Jobs.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.

The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.