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Florida Legislative Employment Information

The Florida Legislature
Office of the Clerk

Job Title

OPS Administrative Assistant/Journal Writer

General Summary

The Office of the Clerk is accepting applications for an OPS Administrative Assistant / Journal Writer.  This is full-time temporary employment during the legislative session.

The Journal Writer is one of six team members responsible for drafting, editing, compiling and producing the House Journal during legislative sessions.  Under direct supervision, maintains records and produces electronic documentation of floor action for the House of Representatives including final electronic and printed publication. 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

Prepares copy according to prescribed format using handwritten Master Chamber notes and accessing previously stored electronic data. 

Monitors the House while in session and makes electronic and/or handwritten notations of floor actions. 

Creates and updates documents using various PC applications. 

Operates digital recording equipment, inputs electronic log notations, and, upon request, produces copies of audio recordings on CD. 

Conducts research of legislative actions, makes proper notations on the House Calendar, and produces copies for use by the Speaker and the Clerk's staff. 

Transcribes 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. 

Maintains and files work papers in own work space as well as in permanent office files in manner consistent with general office procedures. 

Visually reviews computer documents and other printed material making corrections either in writing or electronically. 

Successfully communicates in oral and written forms. 

Performs legislative research and provides information in response to requests by House members and the general public. 

Performs general office duties including answering area telephone lines and directing calls and inquiries to the proper staff member, using duplicating equipment, loading paper and toner in printers/duplicating machines, and performing similar maintenance tasks. 

Transmits information to the Florida Channel via CHAT procedures during committee meetings. 

Facilitates mock sessions for student groups learning about the legislative process and how government works.

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

Rate of Pay


Submission of Application

Interested parties may send a cover letter, resume, and completed Florida Legislative Employment Application to: 

Lawanda Williams
Office of House Administration
Florida House of Representatives
1201 Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL  32399 

Or email

Applications are available through the Florida Legislature's web site Online Sunshine and in Room 701 of the Claude Pepper Building.

Accommodation for Disability

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