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Communications Consultant 3 (Two Positions)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
September 17, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA
Years of Experiences
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree
$47,568.00 - $62,460.00 Annually

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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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Department of Ecology Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction (HWTR) Program is looking for two team members to join the Communications and Outreach Unit, located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

These Communication Consultant 3 positions provide communications support to the program by collaborating with staff to write and edit communication materials and develop communication strategies. 

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  Follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts




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The HWTR Program enforces Washington's toxics laws, including the Dangerous Waste regulations that many businesses need to comply with. We also offer technical assistance to businesses to reduce or eliminate their use of hazardous chemicals, work to identify safer chemical alternatives, support the development of green chemistry, and test consumer products for toxic chemicals. 

We have two full-time Communications Consultant 3 positions: a Shoptalk Editor and a Reducing Toxic Threats lead.

Both positions will:

  • Write, edit, plan, and prepare publications, reports, brochures, web content, presentations, social media posts, and other communications products.

  • Rewrite complex, technical information so it is understood by and accessible to diverse audiences.

  • Identify industries, government agencies, nonprofits, and other audiences that are impacted by HWTR's projects and regulations. Work with program staff to determine how to effectively reach these audiences, and recommend strategies for ensuring these messages are communicated clearly.

  • Develop communication plans. Plan, recommend, and track communication tasks for projects to ensure successful communication of changes or new information. Coordinate and manage communications projects, including timelines, team roles, and measurable outcomes.

  • Work with program staff to know what messages and changes need to be communicated. Recommend communications channels, draft message content, and coordinate reviews among staff or partners. 

Duties specific to each position
The Shoptalk Editor will:

  • Coordinate the production and promotion of Shoptalk, HWTR's external newsletter. The newsletter features content that helps businesses and other facilities comply with hazardous waste regulations, understand fees and reports, learn about pollution prevention, get announcements, and other content that supports HWTR programs and priorities. Work with program staff to develop articles. Write and edit articles, manage deadlines, and publish issues to the Ecology website three times per year.

  • Be our business audience lead by planning and developing communication products to reach our business audiences. Most of the work focuses on hazardous waste (also known as dangerous waste in Washington) at businesses and other facilities.

The Reducing Toxic Threats lead will:

  • This position provides communication support for projects in the Reducing Toxic Threats Unit. Plan, develop, write, edit, and review publications, web content, presentations, social media posts, and other communication products. Project areas may include:

    • Safer Products for Washington.

    • The Children's Safe Products Act.

    • Green Chemistry.

    • Chemical Action Plans.

    • Alternative Assessments.  

    • Results of product testing studies.

  • Provide communication support for the implementation of a new law. Safer Products for Washington (also known as the Pollution Prevention for Healthy People and Puget Sound Act) creates a new way to keep harmful chemicals out of the environment.

  • Support transparency of law implementation through clear communication and active stakeholder involvement. Recommend methods to engage stakeholders through events, Listserv messages, and other channels.

Why join the team?

Join a collaborative group of communicators in the HWTR Communication and Outreach team. We write and edit outreach materials, develop communication plans, and bring the customer perspective to HWTR. Together, we:

  • Protect the environment and workers by helping businesses manage hazardous waste safely.

  • Support compliance and technical assistance staff by providing outreach materials that effectively convey HWTR's messages.

  • Translate complex rule language into instructions businesses can follow.

  • Help businesses transition to safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals they use in their products or processes.

  • Plan and coordinate communications efforts.

  • Support the public participation process for cleanup sites.

  • Provide communication support to HWTR's initiatives, including product testing, chemical action plans, and the Children's Safe Products Act.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be September 23, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 22, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.




Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in English, communications, journalism, humanities, public relations, or related field AND three years of writing/editing experience; OR equivalent education/experience.


Experience creating written and visual content for publications, web, blogs, social media, or other outreach materials.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience editing scientific or other technical content into plain language.

  • Experience managing team projects from beginning to end. 

  • Experience planning and implementing a communications strategy.

  • Experience training or coaching others to write plainly and clearly for a variety of audiences.


Supplemental Information


Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach the following documents as attachments to their application:

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

  • A resume.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

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.

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 e-mail Please do not 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 Erin Jesky at: Erin.Jesky@ECY.WA.GOV. Please do not contact Erin 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.

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.