Publications Assistant

Join one of the most effective community-based environmental groups in the country.

Title: Publications Assistant
Manager: Co-Director of Outreach & Communications
Location: Warrenton, Va
Job Classification: Part-Time / Cyclical, Non-Exempt

About PEC

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) conserves and restores the lands and waters of the Virginia Piedmont, while building stronger, more sustainable communities. Founded in 1972, PEC is a locally based, community-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit and accredited land trust. At the core of PEC’s approach is a focus on educating, engaging and empowering people to effect positive change in their communities.

Your Role

The Publications Assistant will facilitate the production of The Piedmont Environmental Council’s quarterly member newsletter, Piedmont View, an 8-12-page tabloid sized newsprint publication highlighting PEC’s work, and other print publications as needed, in support of the following communications goals:

  1. Build a network of reliable activists, donors and members
  2. Influence decision-makers to reach better outcomes
  3. Increase positive awareness of PEC and build support for a full range of PEC programs
  4. Change behavior and foster an ethic of good stewardship of the Piedmont’s natural resources, historic and cultural resources, and the environment as a whole.

Areas of Responsibility

The Publications Assistant is a member of PEC’s outreach and communications team and will report to the co-director of outreach and communications. Examples of responsibilities and activities include:

  • Manage and execute the production of PEC’s quarterly newsletter, The Piedmont View, and other publications as they arise, including, but not limited to, setting timelines, communicating with authors and content providers, working with designers, printers, and mailing houses, coordinating imagery, maps, lists with PEC staff, etc.
  • Edit and proof copy in collaboration with advancement, communications and outreach, and other program staff using AP Style Guidelines and with an eye toward accuracy, clarity, and messaging in line with PEC’s brand.
  • Conceptualize, research, and write engaging pieces for PEC’s print and online platforms that convey the impact of PEC’s work.
  • Assist communications team, PEC’s president, and program staff with developing and implementing creative communications strategies.
  • Assist with PEC events and field projects as necessary.

This hybrid position is based out of PEC’s headquarters office in Warrenton, VA, with rare travel to locations within PEC’s nine-county service area, Richmond and the D.C. metro area.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated strong project planning and project management skills, taking complex projects from conception to completion on schedule and within budget.
  • Demonstrated strong communications and storytelling skills, both written and oral, including the ability to compile, condense, write, edit and proof written materials.
  • Proficiency applying AP style and editorial rules and effectively using electronic editing tools.
  • Ability to work on numerous deadline projects simultaneously, at varying stages of production.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and collaborative abilities, including the ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and work styles.
  • Commitment to PEC’s core values, mission and vision.
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) principles.
  • Strong sense of design aesthetic.
  • Reliable transportation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Competency or strong aptitude for design products such as InDesign, Canva, and Photoshop, and customer relationship management (CRM) platforms, such as Salesforce, EveryAction, etc.
  • Understanding of the nonprofit communication field’s concepts, best practices, procedures and analytics.
  • Communications experience in public policy, with an emphasis on environmental, conservation, and/or land use issues.
  • Strong familiarity with land conservation and land use principles.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

This position will be completed in both an office environment and the outdoors. Office work requires extended sitting or standing and the use of a computer, keyboard, and mouse. Fieldwork is performed outdoors in all weather conditions, frequently carried out alone, and may be physically demanding, including walking/hiking several miles over remote, rugged terrain, with a risk of exposure to natural hazards. Occasional lifting of materials up to 30 lbs is required. Occasional attendance at night or weekend events may be required.


This is a part-time, 20-25 hour/week position at a salary range of $25-$29 per hour.


This part-time position is eligible for Workers’ Compensation, participation in our 403b retirement plan, hybrid work environmental and flexible work schedules, and travel and cell phone reimbursement. PEC’s 403b retirement plan allows an employee to contribute to the plan – either on a pre-tax basis or to a Roth plan – from the start of employment. Starting on the first payroll of the month following the employee’s one-year work anniversary date, PEC automatically contributes 3% to the plan on behalf of the employee.

Application Process

Interested applicants should fill out our job application form. Candidates must submit a cover letter and resumé. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Piedmont Environmental Council strives to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all aspects of achieving our mission. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Read more about our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) commitments.

We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of excellence. Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), reasonable accommodations during the application or interview process may be requested.

If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.

Pay Equity Pledge Participant

Our organization has conducted a pay equity analysis of staff compensation to look at differences in compensation in regard to race, ethnicity, and gender, to collect and analyze relevant data, and take corrective actions to remediate pay disparities.