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Journal Writer/Editor (House Office of the Clerk)

Date:  Sep 25, 2022


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General Summary

The Journal Writer/editor position is one of a five-member team of writers responsible for drafting, verifying, compiling, and producing the Journals of the House of Representatives during legislative sessions. Under direct supervision, they maintain records and produce electronic documentation of Chamber floor actions during session, including final electronic and printed publications of the Journal. The writers/editors also create, update, and edit/verify other House documents and publications.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Effective oral and written communication.
  • Ability to work long hours.
  • Create and update documents and publications using various PC applications. 
  • Read, edit, and verify printed and electronic documents and publications using copyediting marks to note corrections either in writing or electronically.
  • Monitor and record Chamber floor actions electronically and/or with handwritten notations.
  • Prepare Journal copy according to prescribed format using handwritten notations and previously stored electronic data.
  • Transcribe prayers offered in daily sessions, designated floor remarks, and caucus/conference meetings using various applications, documenting the accuracy of all direct quotations, and verifying all titles and proper names included in transcribed material.
  • Conduct research of legislative actions, make proper notations on the House Calendar, and produce copies for use by the Speaker's Office and Clerk's Office staff. 
  • Perform legislative research and provide information in response to requests by House members and the general public.
  • Operate digital recording equipment, input electronic log notations, and produces copies of audio recordings on cassette or CD, upon request.
  • Maintain and file work papers in own workspace as well as in permanent office files in a manner consistent with general office procedures.
  • Perform general office duties including answering area telephone lines, directing calls and inquiries to the proper staff member, using duplicating equipment, loading paper and toner in printers/duplicating machines, and performing other office maintenance tasks.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of administrative principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of research techniques.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail and review work for accuracy and quality of content.
  • Ability to work cooperatively as a team member and to contribute to the efficient internal functioning of the unit.
  • Ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the demands of the public.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to understand and apply rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to prepare reports, correspondence, and maintain records.
  • Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques.
  • Ability to train others.
  • Ability to supervise people.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and one year of work experience. 


A master's degree from an accredited college or university can substitute for the required experience.


Administrative experience can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.


Commensurate with experience.

The Legislature offers a competitive benefits package.

Application Deadline

Open until filled

Submission of Application

Qualified applicants should send a completed legislative application and resume to:


Office of Administration & Professional Development

Florida House of Representatives 

402 South Monroe Street, 1201 Capitol

Tallahassee, Florida 32399


Or email


Applications are available through the Florida Legislature's web site Online Sunshine.

Accommodation for Disability

If an accommodation is needed for a disability, please notify Human Resources at (850) 488-6803.


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Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee