Visual Information Specialist, U.S. Forest Service

Fort Collins, CO or Ogden, UT

Job Title: Visual Information Specialist
Organization: name hyperlinked to company website
Type of opportunity: The Rocky Mountain Research Station will soon be advertising for a permanent Visual Information Specialist, GS-1084-9/11 in the Publishing Services group. Publishing Services is within the Science Application and Communication (SA&C) staff. The successful candidate will work with Station researchers to produce science publications and related products. The Publishing Services Group prepares research information for distribution within the Forest Service, in scientific journals, and to the general public.

Contact: Patricia Cohn, Publishing Services Group Leader (970-498-1388, or


  • Creation of and/or the use of photographs, illustrations, diagrams, graphs, slides, charts, etc., which are used primarily in scientific and technical publications, reports, and other media.
  • Plan and complete printed and digital publications aimed at communicating a wide variety of information including scientific and engineering concepts.
  • Determine and provide advice regarding the purpose and targeted audience of end product. Provide advice regarding purpose and audience of product, as well as formats, styles, media and methods of reproduction, and types of presentations.
  • Use desktop publishing (InDesign) and graphics (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) software to produce page layouts. Use computer graphics software and peripheral devices to scan copy and graphics, manipulate images, collect and transfer files to colleagues and contractors, print hard copies and convert files for use in printed and digital products.
  • Experience with Government Printing Office (GPO) processes and preparing forms necessary for notification of intent to publish, print, and distribute publications is desirable.

Desired qualifications:


Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study — commercial art, fine arts, art history, industrial design, architecture, drafting, interior design, photography, visual communication, or other fields related to the position. Some positions may also require subject-matter knowledge of medicine, science, or technical equipment.

Advanced training in a vocational school, technical institute, or art institute above the high school level in one of the fields listed above is creditable as general experience on a month-for-month basis


General Experience (for GS-5 positions): Experience that demonstrated the skills and creativity needed to use the tools or equipment associated with the work. Because talent and creative ability are vital to successful work performance, samples of work or other suitable evidence of technical competence may be required. Unpaid experience that is pertinent should be credited based upon its relevance to the work of the particular position to be filled. To be qualifying, the work must have involved visual communication of information or the application of the principles of artistic design.

Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5): Experience in the actual type of work for which application is made. Unpaid experience is creditable, provided the work done was of a quality level and demonstrated the ability required for the position. This includes planning the preparation and use of photographs, illustrations, drawings, and other art work, charts, diagrams, dioramas, maps, slides, overlays, and other kinds of visual material for use in communicating information through visual means.

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How to apply: If you are interested, please send Patricia Cohn the attached Outreach Notice Form and a resume no later than November 10, 2018.

Application deadline: November 12, 2018