Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18th, 2021. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 Vaccination as part of the hire process. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with “COVID-19 Vaccination” in the subject line.
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Communications Specialist (Communications Consultant 4) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA. This is a supervisory position with three (3) direct reports.
The Communications Consultant supports Ecology leadership and works in close collaboration with project, program, and region teams to help address some of the toughest environmental challenges of our time. This position is a collaborative and integral member of two teams – the Environmental Assessment Program and the Agency Communications Program.
This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to step into a supervisory role and develop their leadership skills. This position has a strong environmental justice component. For Ecology, this means:
- Evaluating and implementing service equity in our programs and decision-making, assessing and mitigating impacts to overburdened and underserved populations, and creating accountability measures to eliminate environmental and health disparities.
- Being mindful of inclusivity and access, planning for and engaging in meaningful public involvement, and ensuring potentially affected populations have an opportunity to learn about, participate in, and influence decisions and actions.
As the lead communicator for the Environmental Assessment Program, you’ll support proactive promotion of the program’s science and research projects to the media and shape the program’s messaging, helping define its role as presented to the public, stakeholders, other governmental entities, and the regulated community. If you’re a strong storyteller and writer with the ability to reach diverse audiences, we’re interested to learn more about you!
The Environmental Assessment Program’s mission is to measure, assess, and communicate environmental conditions in Washington State to reduce and prepare for climate impacts, deliver integrated water solutions, protect and restore Puget Sound, and prevent and reduce toxic threats.
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 embrace the value of people.
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.
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.
During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. This position is expected to work in the office/field 3-5days a week. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of November 4, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before November 3, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
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:
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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When attaching documents to your application (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.
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.
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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.