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.
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 Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is looking to fill a Communications Specialist 3 (Communication Consultant 3) position. This position will be located in our Headquarters (HQ) office in Lacey, WA.
This position will work with the Toxics Cleanup Program's Communications Manager to provide clear, accurate, and timely communications to explain the work the Toxics Cleanup Program does, why it matters, and the science behind it. The position will help support communication and outreach needs for the entire program, including leadership, headquarters, and the regional offices.
We are looking for applicants who possess excellent writing and editing skills. The ideal applicant is a strong strategic thinker with detail-oriented writing and editing skills--someone who is comfortable managing competing priorities and working across several teams.
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. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.
To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov.
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 mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is to protect Washington's human health and environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution and supporting sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations. To learn more about the program, visit our website: Toxics Cleanup Resources.
Some of the key work activities for the Communications Specialist 3 position are:
Opportunities to solve problems: This position will assess and evaluate needs, then develop strategies and products to reach various audiences.
Interesting aspects of the position: This is an exciting opportunity to help shape communications in the program and collaborate with multiple partners and teams.
Culture of the team: TCP staff are really proud of the work that they do. TCP's culture is very collaborative, hardworking, and fun-loving.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be October 8, 2018, 2018. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 7, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, humanities, public relations, or related field AND three years of writing and editing experience of which two years must include:
A Master's degree in one of the above fields will substitute for 2 years of experience. Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.
Why work for Ecology?
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 the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life 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
Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
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