Job: help out with the Global Volcanism Bulletin

October 19, 2011

Position Available: Desktop layout and typesetting

            Starting in November 2011, we offer a one-year, part-time, contract position to help produce our popular monthly newsletter on active volcanism.  The newsletter is a monthly publication of the Global Volcanism Program housed in the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum.  A typical issue contains reports on 8 to 12 active volcanoes (see recent examples at; then, at left, select “Monthly Report” then PDF).  We try to balance significant technical content with the needs of a broad range of readers.

Your primary job will consist of preparing each newsletter’s page layout with steps such as insertion and tagging of existing text, artwork, tables, captions, and headers. The starting point will include separate text and graphics files.  In some cases we may ask you to apply style or template designs that will carry through and speed up the layout process.  We currently plan to use Adobe CS5 software (eg.,  InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver).

In general, the source files you need will be ready several days prior to the 2nd Friday of each month.  The goal is to have the newsletter ready soon after that, specifically by that 2nd Friday.  Your work will lead to a PDF file that both gets posted online and printed.

We hope that your skills and initiative will yield improved techniques for getting this publication into print, a process that has historically taken 1-3 days per issue.    We also seek to explore more innovative ways to reduce time-consuming web markup procedures that occur in later stages beyond the limits of this job.

This will be a part-time job that will take perhaps 8-22 hours/month, typically worked on during consecutive days (or nearly so) starting around the 2nd Friday of each month.  We have budgeted $220-$250 per issue (up to $3,000) for this service. This contract position lacks health and similar benefits.  The initial place of work is in the Natural History building but after some background information you may wish to work on this in another location. If desired, we will include your name on the newsletter.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to Richard Wunderman at or call 202 633 1827.  We hope to select a candidate for this position by early November.


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