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Communications Specialist 3 (Communications Consultant 3)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
September 28, 2018
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree
$45,288.00 - $59,448.00 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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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 TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.
To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at

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: 

  • Develop content and strategy for the program's web presence.

  • Train and develop subject-focused web authors throughout the program. Set and maintain website update schedules.

  • Produce and edit written content, graphics, video, and/or audio for blogs, Inside Ecology stories, social media, outreach materials, publications, and internal communications.

  • Collaborate with the program's communications manager in developing and implementing communications strategies.

  • This position will help the program effectively communicate to the public, stakeholders, and program and agency staff.

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.




Required Qualifications:
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:

  • Experience communicating complex scientific, policy, procedure, or technical information for a wide range of audiences.

  • Experience creating written and visual content for web, blogs, social media, and outreach materials.

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.
Desired Qualifications:

  • Proficient use of SharePoint Site Collection and Partner Web.

  • Experience developing web content strategy, writing/editing, and managing web content.

  • Experience using Adobe creative products like Photoshop, lnDesign, Premiere, Audition, and Acrobat (or similar graphic production software).

  • Experience with video/audio recording and editing.

  • A team player with excellent customer service skills and a calm, helpful manner under pressure.

  • Ability to work effectively both as part of a team and independently.

  • Experience managing multiple deadlines and working with many teams concurrently.

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 ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth

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 for more details.
*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information



Supplemental Information


Application Instructions:


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

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

  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

  • Please provide at least three writing samples, one of which can be a link to a video or graphic/data/map visualization sample that you have created. 


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 Al Salvi at: Please do not contact Al 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.