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    The U.S. National Arboretum (USNA) was established by an Act of Congress in 1927 and is a collection-based research facility and public garden administered through the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service.  The mission is to enhance the economic, environmental, and aesthetic value of ornamental and landscape plants through long-term, multi-disciplinary research, conservation of genetic resources, and interpretive gardens and exhibits.

    The position is located in the Gardens and Education Unit at the USNA, Washington, DC.

    The incumbent is responsible for writing, editing, and producing signage, electronic content, brochures, and other products including writing and editing text for the exhibits and displays interpreting the research, collections, gardens, and features of the USNA within the context of its mission.

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     Major Duties may include, but are not limited to:

    Responsible for the writing, editing, and production of interpretive information (brochures, reports, various written guides, docent information, written and visual presentations, etc.), including signs for the grounds of the USNA. This involves writing text and where appropriate, selecting images to support and illustrate the text.

    Works closely with subject-matter experts and references a range of identified sources of scientific and technical information in order to draft required products.

    Develops, writes, provides layouts, edits the various products such as brochures, rack pieces, fact sheets, and other products that interpret the gardens and collections, mission, and features of the USNA.
    Researches and develops information for written content for interpretive products to engage people to learn more about plants and gardening.

    Works closely with outside contractors in monitoring the editing, printing or fabrication and dissemination or installation of products.

    Manages and monitors the interpretive content of USNA web pages, the Arboretum Botanical Explorer (an online site location of USNA plants) and other electronic interpretive tools. Ensures the information content and presentation are up-to-date and accurate, and works with the Information Technology Specialist on any site issues.

    Manages interpretive docent programs including tours. This involves providing general information concerning USNA and gardens to volunteer docents; and participating in the training and scheduling volunteers who interact with the public to interpret the USNA, its programs and its missions.

    As required, researches information, writes, edits, monitors production, and oversees installation of interpretive, wayfinding, and regulatory signs. These are used throughout USNA.

    Working with supervisor and subject-matter specialists, identifies and evaluates new information sources and tools (e.g., databases, software packages, networks), and develops new methods of organizing and disseminating information, such as using social media ( .g., writing a blog entry).

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Current CTAP, RPL, and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area of the position(s), and VEOA eligibles only.

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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    1082 Writing And Editing

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/505108000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.