Entry Technical Editor

at CDM Smith in Auburn, Maine, United States

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Job Description:

We are seeking an Entry Technical Editor who will help our experts prepare client deliverables for engineering and architectural projects in the water, environmental, and transportation industries. You’ll complete substantive editorial reviews including style, spelling, punctuation, grammar, voice, and clarity for client deliverables (e.g., planning and design reports, environmental reports, public outreach materials, PowerPoint/presentations, etc.).

We are open to remote work schedules for this full-time position.


- Edit basic to highly complex technical documents (draft and final versions) involving specialized and scientific language. Edit documents for spelling, typographical, and grammatical errors.

- Edit documents following established style guides such as The Chicago Manual of Style, CDM Smith Writer and Editor Guidelines, and/or client style guides.

- Produce quality work in a fast-paced environment, meeting deadlines and client expectations for quality and accuracy.

- Regularly prioritize work and execute well under time pressure.

- Query authors on any copyright concerns, such as permissions for image use. Verify facts and ask writers to help address inconsistencies.

- Give writers feedback to improve clarity and make complex topics easy to understand. Build and maintain writer-editor relationships.

- Perform other duties as required.

Job Title:

Entry Technical Editor



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Minimum Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English, Technical Writing, Technical Communication, or Communications.

- 0 years.

- Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

- Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Technical services or consulting industry experience (i.e., medical, science, research fields)

- Experience with U.S. Federal government documents

- Impeccable attention to detail

- Client-service focused

- Able to manage expectations and deadlines

- Industry awareness

- Independent worker

- Engineering industry experience

- Public speaking skills; will need to present to groups and project teams occasionally

EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Why CDM Smith?:

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Join Us! CDM Smith – where amazing career journeys unfold.

Imagine a place committed to offering an unmatched employee experience. Where you work on projects that are meaningful to you. Where you play an active part in shaping your career journey. Where your co-workers are invested in you and your success. Where you are encouraged and supported to do your very best and given the tools and resources to do so. Where it’s a priority that the company takes good care of you and your family.

Our employees are the heart of our company. As an employer of choice, our goal is to provide a challenging, progressive and inclusive work environment which fosters personal leadership, career growth and development for every employee. We value passionate individuals who challenge the norm, deliver world-class solutions and bring diverse perspectives. Join our team, and together we will make a difference and change the world.

Job Site Location:

United States – Nationwide

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No – We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Skills and Abilities:

- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite software (e.g., Word [essential], Excel [preferred], PowerPoint [preferred]).

- Basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud software (e.g., Acrobat).

- Proficient in electronic editing using Word and Acrobat.

- Expert knowledge of English language.

- Detail-oriented with impeccable spelling and grammar skills.

- Ability to build and maintain relationships with internal writer clients.

Background Check and Drug Testing Information:

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions. Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview. CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant’s criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate. In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.

Additional Compensation:

All bonuses at CDM Smith are discretionary and may or may not apply to this position.

Work Location Options:

Fully Remote or Hybrid Work Options may be considered for successful candidate.

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Job Posting: JC247984455

Posted On: Sep 16, 2023

Updated On: Oct 04, 2023

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