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Communications Coordinator, Communications Consultant 2 (CC2)

Salary: $47,688.00 – $64,092.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2024-4-A394-04863
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Opening Date: 04/18/2024
Closing Date: 04/25/2024 11:59 PM Pacific
Category: Telecommunications / Miscellaneous / Land Use / Natural Resources / Marketing / Forestry / Communications / Entertainment
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Communications Coordinator, Communications Consultant 2 (CC2)
Recruitment #2024-4-A394
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location: Natural Resources Building- Olympia, WA

Work Hours and Partial Telework flexibility may be available and considered
Relocation Compensation may be available and considered
Salary: $3,974.00 – $5,341.00 Monthly 

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
Want to tell the story of a vital state Agency and a dynamic elected official in Washington State? The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for a Communications Coordinator to join our Communications Department.

This position supports other communications managers and contributes to strategic guidance to the Communications Director and Deputy Communications Director, along with division, region, and program staff. This position also helps prepare materials for the commissioner of public lands for media interviews on a range of issues and supports other communications managers in message crafting and editing as needed. This position supports the Communications and Outreach division in outreach to media, the planning and implementation of media events, and in emergencies/crises. This position also serves as the alternate/backup webmaster as needed and works with Communications and Outreach staff, region staff, division staff, and program staff to create, edit, and publish agency materials and information on the agency’s public-facing website.




  • Works with appropriate divisions regions, and programs to publish information about Agency programs, projects, initiatives, and more, including cross-agency initiatives, internally on SharePoint and externally on
  • Supports the Agency webmaster in implementing emergency and rapid response communications across all agency web platforms.
  • Maintains all website certifications to perform duties and to help oversee the website training and certification completion for Division, Region, and Program staff within the agency who are assigned as “webbers”, or staff who can create and update content for the website.
  • Helps manage Agency Content Management System (Currently Drupal in 2024)
  • Helps maintain a website through Drupal WYSIWYG interfaces and modules, editing and writing HTML and CSS as needed.
  • Maintain knowledge of website PHP, CSS, and HTML to diagnose issues and solve problems, and support Agency webmasters as they work with WaTech or other providers to address problems if needed.
  • Supports the Agency webmaster manager DNR website needs, including developing web pages to address the complex needs of different programs, which can involve coordinating with outside contractors, posting all agency- and public-facing content to comply with all Open Public Meeting Act requirements, and strategizing with divisions and programs on how to best facilitate posting of content to serve the agency and the public.
  • Helps update and maintain all media distribution lists in systems such as Meltwater
  • Helps manage all electronic dissemination tools for the agency and Communications & Outreach program, including Meltwater and SurveyMonkey, which are used throughout the agency.
  • Lead on posting all media advisories, press releases, public notices, and public information for Commissioner initiatives, cross-agency initiatives, committee work, and legislative reports online.
  • Supports Communications Managers, the Communications Director, and the Deputy Director on strategic media strategies and outreach, including providing recommendations on public relations decisions and strategies.
  • Supports on-the-record spokespeople for DNR and the Commissioner of Public Lands on agency issues.
  • Supports the tracking, development, research, and planning for DNR media stories and events including: drafting news releases; identifying positive media opportunities, supporting Communications Managers as they pitch to the media, and responding to media inquiries as needed and requested.
  • Assists Communications Managers in developing materials and messaging to support the agency’s legislative priorities and strategies.
  • Participates in conversations with division leaders on strategic communications plans, public issues, and communications strategies with recommended objectives and tactics.
  • Drafts factsheets, web pages, social media content, and brochures.
  • The position consults with subject matter experts to make certain that materials accurately reflect agency initiatives.
  • Supports the creation of visually compelling graphics and materials.
  • Supports Communications Managers as they work with stakeholder groups and partner agencies to develop collaborative communications efforts, and joint events, and to review materials pertaining to DNR.



Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications of visual media or closely related field AND one year of experience in a communications role;
    OR an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Experience drafting press communications materials, including press releases and media advisories.
  • Experience with Drupal-based websites.
  • Experience supporting other communications professionals with tasks ranging from social media to press releases to media tracking to press events.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting an environment that honors diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental justice practices.
  • Perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations and public records retention and requests are followed.
  • DNR Core Competencies:
    • Personal Accountability
    • Value Others
    • Compassionate Communication
    • Inspire Others
    • Commitment to Excellence
Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:
  • Office and remote (Monday and Wednesday in the office). 
  • Travel as needed.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience working for an elected official.
  • Experience working in natural resources, parks, or similar fields.
  • Experience in communications for local, state, or federal government.
Don’t let doubts stop you from applying for this position – If you have any questions about the required qualifications or how your past experience relates to them, please contact us at A note to potential candidates: Studies have shown that women, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) are less likely to apply for jobs unless they feel they meet every qualification as described in a job description. We value diversity and inclusion in our organization, and we are looking for the best person for the job. Don’t hesitate to apply! 


Supplemental Information

Application Requirements:

  • Apply online: at (Click on the APPLY button above).
  • Letter of interest: describing your specific qualifications to the position and position required, desired, and special requirements.
  • Resume: that details your experience and qualifications.
  • References: at least three professional references with current telephone numbers– you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include it with your resume.
  • Important: Do not attach any documents that include photos or private information (social security number, year of birth, etc.).
  • Complete all supplemental questions.
  • Candidates who move forward in the recruitment process may be contacted via email at with interview information/scheduling instructions. Please monitor the email listed in your application materials and check your junk email folder to ensure you receive those communications.
Questions?  Please contact Michael Kelly at or e-mail us at

About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 
At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington’s lands and communities through diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
Our Vision – Our actions ensure a future where Washington’s lands, waters, and communities thrive.
Our Mission – Manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Our Core Values:
  • Safety and Well-Being —Our top priority is the safety of the public and our employees.
  • Public Service —We value and respect the public we serve, and we value and respect the people of the Department of Natural Resources who step up to serve.
  • Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving — We solve our state’s most pressing challenges through innovative thinking, dedication, and bold and creative vision.
  • Leadership and Teamwork —We are committed to building leaders at all levels and building teams for success.
DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of which include:
  • Commitment to organizational health and wellness
  • Work/life balance
  • DNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women’s Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)
  • Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups, visit here to learn more
  • Leadership that empowers and supports employees
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Educational and career development aid
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
  • Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
  • A comprehensive benefits package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave, and vacation days. Visit for more information.
Additional Information:
This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days.
DNR does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit

Veterans wishing to claim Veteran’s preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22, or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching it. We thank you and are grateful for your service!

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State Department of Natural Resources 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) 522-2500 or email Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

Once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. If you experience technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or email

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