Washington State Outreach and Education Specialist (Community Outreach and Environmental Education Specialist 3) in Lacey, Washington


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have 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, Ecology is a good fit.

The Water Quality Program (WQP) is looking to fill an Outreach and Education Specialist (Community Outreach and Environmental Education Specialist 3) position. The position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Outreach and Education Specialistposition will be part of a small, dynamic and adaptable Communications & Outreach Unit in the Water Quality Program. The unit is committed to continuous improvement. It supports communication and outreach needs for the entire program, including headquarters and the regional offices. The position reports to the Water Quality Program Communications Manager and will work independently and under general direction to lead and coordinate the following types of education and outreach activities:

This position supports the agency mission by:

  • Building trust and credibility in Ecology and its work.
  • Providing the people of Washington the information they need.
  • Effectively communicating Ecology's goals and priorities.
  • Helping to meet the needs of stakeholders and the public.

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.

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.ecy.wa.gov.

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


The mission of the Water Quality Program (WQP) 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 and Education Specialistinclude:

  • Plans, prioritizes, develops, implements and advises environmental/conservation education or community outreach activities to support priority work occurring in the Water Quality Program.
  • In collaboration with program staff, and/or external partners, uses social marketing approaches to oversee the development of behavior-change educational/outreach materials; prepares and executes public involvement plans, resolves and establishes community outreach strategies, participates in collaborative education and outreach efforts, and uses social media.
  • Manages, organizes and catalogues publications.
  • Writes and edits publications and web content including SharePoint sites.
  • Leads owners to build and promote Washington's clean water, behavior change education materials, "Washington Waters – Ours to Protect."
  • Leads market research and/or public opinion polling to help ensure success of program education and outreach activities.
  • Acts as the program's education representative and advocate on specific projects.
  • Serves as public hearings officer and public meeting facilitator for program; trains program staff in these skills.
  • Serves as program's public involvement calendar lead.
  • Leads and trains staff in the use of technologies, such as webinars and video conferences, for program outreach and education activities.
  • Produces and/or manages the production of presentations, with an emphasis on video communication.
  • Is a member of Ecology's Outreach & Public Education Network (OPEN) and agency Video Team.
  • Administers contracts, as needed, for public involvement and education programs.
  • Assists with information requests.
  • Speaks in public on behalf of the Department of Ecology's Water Quality Program.
  • Provides training to educators, as needed.
  • Serves as the program's representative for environmental justice and language access.
  • Is the public calendar gatekeeper for the program.
  • Coordinates program publications.
  • Works closely with Web Content Specialist to reduce number of paper publications to shift to user-centered web content for publications audiences.
  • Attends Publication Coordinator meetings and adheres to agency templates and standards.

This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be August 12, 2016. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 11, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or natural science, education, communications or closely related field.


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 Microsoft Office products, SharePoint, Teamsite (or similar content management system), InDesign (or similar graphic production software).
  • Experience with social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, blogger, YouTube.
  • Experience with video recording and editing.

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 Sandy Howard at: sandy.howard@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Sandy Howard 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.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-WQ3984-07877

Department: Dept. of Ecology

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $41,436.00 - $54,384.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA