Salary: $17.79 – $23.66 Hourly
Location: Multiple Locations Statewide, WA
Job Type: Part Time – Non-Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Job Number: 2022-WQT124-17568

The Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Communications and Outreach Intern (Communications Consultant 1) position.  

This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.
This position is located in our Northwest Region Office (NWRO) in Shoreline, WA.
This position is located in our Central Region Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.
This position is located in our Eastern Region Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA.

Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

IF KING COUNTY: Please Note – The salary posted above does not include the additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position’s location in Shoreline, WA (King County).   

In this new role, you will help the Water Quality Program prepare accessible, engaging, and effective written materials, web content, and social media content to help us connect with our audiences. Your talent will help improve our outreach materials, support Environmental Justice initiatives, and bring a new lens and perspective to our work.
Your day may involve taking photos at restoration sites, writing or editing outreach materials, using software to ensure our content meets accessibility requirements, and supporting virtual or in person events. Every day you will be a key member of our small communications team.

This is a part time, temporary position. This position may work up to 32 hours per week, and last up to 12 months.

The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington’s waters to sustain healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures that state waters support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health. 

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to a 90% tele-work schedule. Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon position needs and are subject to change.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of February 1, 2023. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before January 31, 2023. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

The work you do with us will help prepare you for future communications and outreach positions, and expand your knowledge of water quality regulations and efforts in the state. You’ll be joining the largest program at Ecology and we have no shortage of projects coming your way. You’ll have access to a number of tools and software to support your work and we hope you will teach us new ways to reach our audiences. In the coming months we expect to announce new funding opportunities for communities, ask the public for input on rulemakings and permits, and improve our outreach materials for a number of projects. We need your help to do this work successfully.

What you will do: 

  • Improving the program’s visual media resources, mainly photos and video, for use in agency communication and outreach materials.
  • Supporting information access by ensuring our public materials meet accessibility standards.
  • Helping our teams connect with the public by facilitating virtual and in person events.
  • Supporting our Environmental Justice priorities by helping to identify and use the right tools to connect with communities with environmental justice considerations.
  • Supporting internal communications by updating our SharePoint pages and helping program staff with writing and editing projects.

Required Qualifications: Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.

  • Four (4) years of experience which may include, but is not limited to, journalism, public relations/information, news media, digital/social media, marketing, digital accessibility or writing/editing.


  • Associate’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations, news media, digital/social media, English, marketing, humanities, or closely allied field.
    Two (2) years of experience which may include, but is not limited to, journalism, public relations/information, news media, marketing, digital accessibility or writing/editing.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher involving major study in journalism, communications, public relations, news media, digital/social media, English, marketing, humanities, or closely allied field.

All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position: Possible Combinations College credit hours or degree Years of required experience as described above

Combination 1 No college credit hours or degree – 4 years of experience
Combination 2 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits. – 3 years of experience
Combination 3 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree). – 2 years of experience
Combination 4 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits. – 1 years of experience
Combination 5 A Bachelor’s Degree or above – No experience

Desired Qualifications: We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

  • Experience organizing or hosting events or public meetings (virtual or in person)
  • Fluency in Spanish

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

Application Instructions
It’s in the applicant’s best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.

  • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.

  • Three professional references.

To apply:

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable. 

For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc. 

  • Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded. 

About the Department of Ecology
Protecting Washington State’s environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan

Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:

  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.

  • An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.

  • Continuous growth and development opportunities. 

  • A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.

  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Our commitment to DEIR
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) 
are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.

Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.

We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued. 

Supplemental Information
Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: and we will be happy to assist.

  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

  • If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile’s main page.

  • If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply:   

Per Governor Inslee’s Directive 22-13.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated effective November 4, 2022. Providing proof of being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment and your vaccine status will be verified prior to starting work. Being fully vaccinated means two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed or otherwise authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or listed for emergency use or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization. If you have questions, please contact with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.   

Additional Application Instructions for Current Ecology Employees: Please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.

Application Attestation: The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed. 

Other Information
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Colleen Keltz at:

Please do not contact Colleen to inquire about the status of your application.

To request the full position description: email

Why work for Ecology?
As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability.

Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State’s environment. A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Student debt: The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See for more details.

Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.   

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days. 

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