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Salary: $60,636.00 – $79,548.00 Annually
Job Number: 2019-C1125-00776


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Protecting the environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at the Washington Department of Ecology. We have a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, and has leadership that embraces the value of people, then Ecology is a good fit.

The Communications Program is currently looking for a talented Communications Manager to lead communications for the Southwest Region of the state. The position is located in our headquarters building in Lacey, WA.

This is an excellent opportunity for a communications professional who has experience working with the news media, knows how to leverage social media and the web to tell stories, and desires to work on high-profile issues and projects.

If you want to make a generational impact on the environment then you need to apply by Feb 13, 2019.

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Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts



We are looking for an initiative-driven Communications Manager for our Southwest Region Office in Lacey, Washington.

Our Southwest Region is home to some of the most beautiful, iconic landscapes this state has to offer. This region is as diverse as our work, stretching from the picturesque shores of Puget Sound to the legendary Pacific Ocean coastline; from the forests of the Olympic Peninsula all the way to the mighty Columbia River. Every day at Ecology presents unique challenges and opportunities to protect our land, air and water.

As a member of our communications team, you’ll be joining a dynamic team that’s constantly pushing to create, innovate and lead. You’ll have the opportunity to lead communications for a wide variety of high-profile issues and projects.

We’re looking for a communications strategist.

  • Anticipates and initiates strategic and timely communications.
  • Excels at planning, organizing, managing and carrying out long-term plans and projects.
  • Exercises careful judgment/sensitivity in framing communications.
  • Executes plans with a sense of urgency and demonstrates good judgment.
  • Strategic thinker who aligns Ecology’s brand and voice with our purpose and values.

We’re looking for a motivated, hard-working multi-tasker.

  • Invigorated by new challenges every day.
  • Solid sense of initiative and drive, bias toward action, and passion for getting it right.
  • Highly organized and prioritizes projects with competing demands.
  • Works efficiently and confidently under tight deadlines on complex issues.
  • Attentive to details and deadlines while juggling numerous projects.

We’re looking for a proven media relations professional.

  • Experience working and interviewing with print and broadcast news media.
  • Anticipates what a reporter will ask and prepares accordingly.
  • Trains and coaches subject experts and executives to successfully interview with media.

We’re looking for an exceptional storyteller.

  • Strong background in writing clearly, concisely, and creatively on deadline.
  • Processes large amounts of information and feedback to deliver impactful communications.
  • Assimilates new, complex information quickly and transforms it into compelling stories.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Crafts news that dynamically blends the web, social media and visuals.

Additional key ingredients we’re looking for include:

  • Naturally curious.
  • Great listener with high emotional intelligence.
  • Exceptional cross-group collaboration skills – works across many teams successfully.
  • Has real-world experience responding to emergencies.

This recruitment announcement is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of all the cool things this position and agency have to offer. Joining Ecology means becoming part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington’s environment. It’s a mission worth being passionate about.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be February 14, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before February 13, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

This position is open to candidates who qualify as a Communications Consultant 4 (CC4) or a Communications Consultant 5 (CC5). For those that qualify as a CC4, this will be considered an in-training position toward a CC5.

At the Communications Consultant 4 level (in training) – Pay Range 56 – ($4361.00 – $5715.00) Monthly

A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations, or closely allied field; AND three (3) years of professional experience in journalism, communications or public relations.

Additional professional experience in communications, journalism, or public relations may substitute, year for year, for education.

At the Communications Consultant 5 level – (Goal Class) – Pay Range 62 – ($5053.00 – $6629.00) Monthly

A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations, or closely allied field; AND four (4) years of professional experience in journalism, communications or public relations.

Additional professional experience in communications, journalism, or public relations may 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 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:

Please complete the application profile and answer the supplemental questions. Please also attach a current resume and a letter of interest explaining why you’re interested in this position and agency.

Department of Ecology employees, please 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.”

If you have questions about this position, please e-mail Dustin Terpening at Please do not contact Dustin to follow up on the status of your application.

If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail or call (360) 407-6186.

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 is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.

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.