Outreach Specialist (Community Outreach and Environmental Education Specialist 3)

Outreach Specialist (Community Outreach and Environmental Education Specialist 3)

$42,264.00 – $55,476.00 Annually
Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Ecology
Job Number
11/19/2017 11:59 PM Pacific
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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
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.

Ecology’s Water Quality Program is looking for an Outreach Specialist (Community Outreach and Environmental Education Specialist 3) in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Outreach Specialist will be part of a small, dynamic and adaptable Communications & Outreach Unit that works to provide clear, accurate, and timely communications to explain the work the Water Quality Program does, why it matters, and the science behind it.

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to quickly assess a situation and make a decision, the ability to communicate with a diverse audience, and are able to understand and explain complicated technical issues.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecy.wa.gov, or check out our recent stories on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts

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The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington’s waters to sustain healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures that state waters support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.

Some of the key work activities of the Outreach Specialist include:

Community Outreach and Education

  • Plan, prioritize, develop, implement, and advise community outreach or environmental and conservation education activities to support the Water Quality Program. Collaborates with the Water Quality Communications & Outreach Unit to support program staff and external partners in their public involvement efforts.
  • Use web, social media, and traditional outreach methods to inform the public about Water Quality work. Guide efforts to promote Washington’s clean water, behavior change education materials, and public notices. Lead market research and public opinion polling to help ensure success of program education and outreach activities.
  • Prepare and execute public involvement plans, resolve and establish community outreach strategies, and participate in collaborative education and outreach efforts.
  • Help staff identify barriers in the community that may impede the public’s understanding and participation in our work.
  • Use social marketing approaches to oversee the development of behavior-change educational and outreach materials.
  • May act as the program’s education representative and advocate on projects as assigned by the Communications Manager. Coordinate Water Quality Partnership and other key program-wide stakeholder groups. Advise staff on their work with stakeholders and advisory groups.
  • May attend or help prepare staff for outreach events, conferences, or fairs. Can serve as public hearings officer and public meeting facilitator to support staff outreach efforts; train program staff in these skills.
  • Serve as the program’s public involvement calendar lead.

Information Accessibility Coordinator

  • Lead program environmental justice, language access, and information accessibility efforts by coordinating guidance and procedures.
  • Serve as program lead for environmental justice. Support staff in evaluating environmental justice areas in their work and carrying out outreach for specific underrepresented groups. Coach staff on how to prepare and respond to requests for language translation, interpretation, and other environmental justice needs.
  • Lead the program effort to ensure people with disabilities have access to–and use of–information and data produced by the Water Quality staff.

Outreach Materials and Publication Coordination

  • Produces and manages the production of presentations, speeches, and workshops. Develops outreach blogs, Inside Ecology stories, social media campaigns, outreach materials, video, and publications. Speaks in public on behalf of the Water Quality Program.
  • Coordinates program publications tracking, development, and accessibility. Works with program staff to promote the use of agency templates and standards. Supports program publications stewards by providing guidance, training, and – when necessary – process improvements. Attends Publication Coordinator meetings and contributes to agency-level guidance around publications.


Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or natural science, education, communications or closely related field AND three years of professional experience involving environmental analysis or control, environmental planning, environmental education, community outreach, or communications activities


Equivalent education/experience

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) or similar public involvement process.
  • Experience in Environmental Justice and ADA accessibility communications, or in reaching communities with barriers to obtaining information.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, SharePoint, and the Adobe Creative Suite products.
  • Experience with social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube, and blogs.
  • Experience with video recording and editing.
  • Proficient in Spanish or other non-English language common in Washington State.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must obtain and maintain a valid driver license.

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.
  • 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 www.careers.wa.gov 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 careers@ecy.wa.gov. 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 Payne at: jessica.payne@ecy.wa.gov. 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.

More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That’s why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.

Read about our benefits:
The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits
Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.  There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.  Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.  Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.  To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).  New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.  For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems‘ web site.
Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.
Vacation (Annual Leave)
You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.


Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:

New Year’s Day
January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday
Third Monday in January
Presidents’ Day
Third Monday in February
Memorial Day
Last Monday in May
Independence Day
July 4
Labor Day
First Monday in September
Veterans’ Day
November 11
Thanksgiving Day
Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after
Christmas Day
December 25
Personal Holiday
Employee’s selection each calendar year

*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.

Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.
Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130.
Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information.
How did you first learn about this job posting?

  • Community Based Organization
  • Community / Technical College
  • Ecology Employee
  • Ecology Recruiter
  • Ecology Jobs Page
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Job Board
  • Job Fair
  • Other State Agency
  • Other Website
  • Professional Association
  • Twitter
  • University Job Board
  • WorkSource
  • www.careers.wa.gov
If you selected Community Based Organization, Community / Technical College, Job Board, Job Fair, LinkedIn Group, Newspaper, Other State Agency, Other Website, Professional Association, University Job Board or WorkSource location then please share which one.
Please select the statement that best describes your level of education with a major study in: Environmental, physical or natural science, education, communications or closely related field.

  • I have 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits.
  • I have 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree).
  • I have 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.
  • I have a Bachelor’s degree.
  • I have a Master’s degree.
  • I have a Doctorate degree.
  • None of the above statements apply.
Please indicate your degree and major.
Which statement best describes your professional experience involving environmental analysis or control, environmental planning, environmental education, community outreach, or communications activities.

  • I have at least one year of experience.
  • I have at least two years of experience.
  • I have at least three years of experience.
  • I have at least four years of experience.
  • I have at least five years of experience.
  • I have at least six years of experience.
  • I have at least seven years of experience.
  • None of the above statements apply.
Please provide additional information to support your response to question 5. The following information is needed: position title(s), specific duties, and periods of employment. Make sure your response specifically addresses the qualification above. An incomplete answer, including “please see resume” may remove you from further consideration.
Please describe your experience with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) or similar public involvement process. If you do not have this experience, please type NA.
Please describe your experience in Environmental Justice and ADA accessibility communications, or in reaching communities with barriers to obtaining information. If you do not have this experience, please type NA.
Please describe your level of proficiency and experience using Microsoft Office, SharePoint, and the Adobe Creative Suite products
Please describe your experience using social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube, and blogs.
Please describe your experience with video recording and editing. If you do not have this experience, please type NA.
Are you proficient in Spanish, or another non-English language common in Washington State?

  • Yes
  • No
If you answered Yes to the question above, which language(s) are you proficient in?
Are you able to obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license?

  • Yes
  • No

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