What makes this role unique?
The Environmental Assessment Program is composed of Natural Resource Scientists, Environmental Engineers, Hydrogeologists, Oceanographers and Biologists that are passionate about the work they do. This position will give you the opportunity to work closely with scientists and their work. Help us tell our stories and make a difference to the people of Washington State!
What you’ll do:
- Plan, organize, direct, and lead an extensive communications program for the Environmental Assessment Program.
- Develop web content (written, graphic, photo, video, and audio), social and news media based on Environmental Assessment Program activities, tailoring content to diverse audiences.
- Work with subject matter experts to convert complex science into easily understood messages.
- Consult with and advise employees on best practices, including environmental justice considerations.
- Supervise, coach, and develop your team to be positive and effective contributors to Ecology’s mission and vision.
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.
A total of Seven (7) years of experience and/or education as described below:
- Professional level Experience in: information, journalism, public relations, communications or closely related field.
- Education: involving a major study in: journalism, communications, public relations, or closely related 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 listed above.|
|Combination 1||No college credit hours or degree||7 years of experience|
|Combination 2||30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits.||6 years of experience|
|Combination 3||60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree).||5 years of experience|
|Combination 4||90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.||4 years of experience|
|Combination 5||A Bachelor’s Degree||3 years of experience|
If you’ve worked with a variety of communication platforms and are excited by the prospect of science and applying science to environmental decision-making, we want to hear from you. Science is the backbone of proper natural resource management. Good communication raises awareness of scientific findings for use in decision-making that affects the future health of Washington’s environment. As the ideal candidate, you possess excellent people and writing skills and are able to help summarize technical information clearly and concisely to a diverse lay audience.
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.
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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.
A professional writing sample that reflects your work as a communications professional, such as a press release, public statement, blog story, web content, or social media post. Please also briefly explain why you selected the writing sample.
Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
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Additional Application Instructions for Current Ecology Employees:
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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: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service 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.