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Employee Engagement Support Specialist, Communications Consultant 1 (CC1)

Salary: $18.51 – $24.61 Hourly
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Part Time – Non-Permanent
Anticipated Non-permanent appointment is 9-12 months
Job Number: 2024-3-8560-03227
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Opening Date: 03/12/2024
Closing Date: 03/19/2024 11:59 PM Pacific
Category: Land Use / Natural Resources / Organizational Development / Web Design / Forestry / Communications / Office and Administrative Support
Employee Engagement Support Specialist, Communications Consultant 1 (CC1) description image


Employee Engagement Support Specialist, Communications Consultant 1 (CC1)
Recruitment #2024-3-8558
Part-time, Non-permanent, Represented position

Anticipated Non-permanent is 9-12 months
Location: Natural Resources Building- Olympia, WA
Location flexibility may be available and considered
Flexible Work Hours and Partial Telework flexibility may be available and considered
Salary: $18.51 – $24.61 Hourly

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Employee Engagement Support Specialist reports to the Workplace Culture and Development (WCD) Employee Engagement Specialist. This entry-level position provides developmental opportunities to prepare the incumbent for similar, full-time, permanent positions at DNR or other state agencies.

The Employee Engagement Support Specialist will support the Employee Engagement Specialist in developing, implementing, and facilitating aspects of employee engagement, internal communications, and outreach activities specifically targeted at retaining and informing employees at all levels of the agency. This position will assist in developing strategies to retain underrepresented employees and represent the agency in collaborative relationships with community partners and internal stakeholders. This position will also assist with developing communications for internal newsletters, email announcements, and retirement letters for employees.

Workplace Culture and Development (WCD) Division offers key support to programs designed to grow and develop WA State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) employees and enhance the agency-wide culture utilizing a diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) focused lens to foster safe and respectful workplaces where employees can bring their authentic selves to work.

WCD’s cultural and developmental programs foster employee engagement and leadership development. These concepts work to attract and retain a workforce within DNR representative of the public we serve. WCD initiatives increase inclusion, belonging, and psychological safety, increase productivity, improve communication, and create a climate of innovation.




  • Agency Internal Communications
    • Writes first drafts of internal communication projects, including but not limited to, newsletters, emails, intranet content, and announcements.
    • Review and assist in editing agency-wide communications by checking grammar, clarity, and form.
  • Employee Engagement Support
    • Work closely with the Employee Engagement Specialist to cultivate relationships with internal partners to collect and incorporate feedback into future projects and efforts.
    • Assist with developing employee engagement events.
  • Other Duties as Assigned and Professional Development
    • Job Shadow with DNR’s Internal Communications and Communications & Outreach teams.



Required Qualifications:

  • At least 6 months of education or experience with writing, design, and content creation.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products.
  • 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.
  • Communicate effectively with individuals and groups from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines across multiple projects simultaneously, prioritizing demands on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
  • Independent self-starter who can self-educate as needed and adapt to new technologies.
  • Ability to work as a team member, engaging with others using empathy and compassion, using healthy conflict resolution and communication
  • DNR Core Competencies:
    • Personal Accountability
    • Value Others
    • Compassionate Communication
    • Inspire Others
    • Commitment to Excellence
Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:
  • The position’s assigned duty station is the NRB in Olympia, WA. Work is performed almost exclusively (95%) indoors in office environments.
  • The position requires periodic (5%) travel for meetings, training, outreach, and networking; travel may be to DNR events, region offices, and work centers in remote locations throughout the state to gather promotional information on events and initiatives.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Is a strong communicator, comfortable asking the right questions and drawing from professional expertise to give quality feedback.
  • Experience with report writing.
  • Knowledge in the use of graphic design programs such as Adobe Illustrator and InDesign; Photoshop; Canva; etc.
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 DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov. 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 www.careers.wa.gov (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.
  • Writing/Communication Samples: attach two writing/communication samples to your application that demonstrates any combination of the skills listed in the duties section of this recruitment. Examples of samples you could choose from are: reports written for a current or past job, blog posts, social media posts, flyers, class projects, email communications, news articles, or another applicable sample for this position. If you do not attach these writing samples your application will not move forward in the application process.
  • 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 info@governmentjobs.com 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 Lucky Sisouvong at Lucky.Sisouvong@dnr.wa.gov / (360) 688-4753 or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov.

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 http://careers.wa.gov/benefits.html 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 www.uscis.gov.

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 DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov. 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 CareersHelp@des.wa.gov.

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