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Communications Consultant 1 - Technical Editor

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
January 30, 2018
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA
Years of Experiences
3 - 5
Career Level
Entry Level, Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree
$32,616.00 - $42,264.00

About Washington State Department of Ecology

The Department of Ecology is Washington's environmental protection agency. Our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's land, air and water for current and future generations. We support environmental work throughout Washington. Nearly 70 percent of our budget is passed through to local communities to pay for projects that benefit the environment. We were founded in 1970 as the first agency in the nation dedicated to environmental protection.

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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. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.

The Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Communications Consultant 1 – Technical Editor position. This position is located in our Headquarters Building (HQ) in Lacey, WA.

The Communications Consultant 1 – Technical Editor position is charged with reviewing and editing documents for scientific studies (Reports, Quality Assurance Project Plans, Standard Operating Procedures) for the agency that will ultimately be used to guide the agency's policy decisions. This position ensures these reports are well written, easy to understand, and consistent with agency guidelines.

We are looking for candidates who possess excellent writing and editing skills, are highly organized, and have an interest in scientific research.

As an agency, we invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability. 

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and check us out on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

Agency Mission:  Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.  

Program Mission:  The Environmental Assessment (EA) Program's mission is to measure, assess, and communicate environmental conditions in Washington State. We work to improve the environment for current and future generations through innovative and excellent science and thriving partnerships.
The successful candidate will work with high level scientists, editing complex information for public consumption. This position provides the opportunity to network with scientists, policy makers, and communications consultants at the Department of Ecology. The position will have the opportunity to build skills in writing, editing, and communicating scientific information.
Some of the key work activities include:

  • Editing and formatting documents for scientific studies (Reports, Quality Assurance Project Plans, Standard Operating Procedures).

  • Coordinating the approval of scientific reports, quality assurance project plans, and standard operating procedures.

  • Working in the agency database to track timelines and due dates for scientific studies.

  • Assisting program communications consultants with public communications (Blogs, website pages, press releases, etc). 

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be February 12, 2018.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before February 11, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.




Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor's degree in English, communications, journalism, public relations or related field;
Four (4) years of writing/editing experience; or equivalent education/experience.


Supplemental Information


Application Instructions:[0]=Dept.%20of%20Ecology&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.

  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

  • Two writing samples.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of 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 at (360) 407-6186.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Jessica Archer at:  Please do not contact Jessica to inquire about the status of your application.

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.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

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 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.