Salary: $48,156.00 – $64,788.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Job Number: 2023-WQ3984-01098
Closing: Continuous

The Water Quality program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Outreach Specialist (Community Outreach and Environmental Specialist 3) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

As the state’s water quality outreach specialist, it is your job to coordinate statewide outreach efforts for Water Quality, determining and implementing outreach strategies to reach all communities in the state, including underserved communities. As a part of our team, you will provide guidance for public involvement and support the program in organizing and facilitating virtual and in person events. Our program will look to you for ways to improve access to our work and information – from language translation tools and services to ADA accessibility. You will train and advise the program on access, including document accessibility, which is a priority highlighted in the Agency’s strategic plan.
Every day, as a part of our team, you will help provide clear, accurate, and timely communications to explain the work the Water Quality Program does, why it matters, and the science behind it.
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 28, 2023. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before February 27, 2023. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

As Water Quality’s Outreach Specialist, you will work on water quality issues across the state, from supporting statewide permits and rulemakings to writing community success stories. This position wears three important hats:

  • Water Quality’s Access Champion
  • Advising and supporting program outreach and education
  • Coordinating, developing, and reviewing communications and outreach materials 
  • For each of these roles, you will find yourself training and supporting our staff and leadership team, learning new tools and technologies, and being a critical team member for agency and program projects.  

What you will do: 

  • Serve as program lead for outreach to communities with environmental justice concerns. Support staff in evaluating environmental justice areas in their work and carrying out outreach for specific underrepresented groups. 
  • Coache staff on how to prepare and respond to requests for language translation, interpretation, and other environmental justice needs.
  • Develop and reviews outreach materials, using the agency’s website, social media accounts, and blog to reach the public and share ways to engage in our work.
  • Attend and helps prepare staff for outreach events and public meetings (in person and virtual). Can serve as public hearings officer and public meeting facilitator and trains staff in these skills.
  • Lead the program effort to ensure people with disabilities have access to—and use of—materials produced by our program.
  • Coordinate publication development, work with program staff to promote the use of agency templates and standards.
  • Ensure publications meet agency accessibility standards and work with program staff to remediate materials as necessary. 

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.

A total of 7 years combined experience and/or education: 

  • Professional experience involving: Environmental analysis or control, environmental planning, environmental education, community outreach, or communications activities; or equivalent education/experience. 
  • Education involving major study in: Environmental, physical, or natural science, education, communications, 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
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
Combination 6  A Master’s Degree 2 years of experience
Combination 7 A PhD 1 years of experience

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

  • Experience in Environmental Justice and ADA accessibility communications, or in reaching communities with barriers to obtaining information. 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, SharePoint, and the Adobe Creative Suite products. Experience with Zoom or similar virtual meeting platforms, social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
  • Experience planning, hosting, and facilitating virtual and in person meetings and events
  • Experience with video recording and editing.
  • Proficient in Spanish or other non-English language common to Washington State.

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. 

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

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.

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.

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