Community Outreach and Engagement Specialist (Community Outreach and Environmental Education Specialist 4) (In-Training)

October 05, 2023 12:23 PM | Dina Storz (Administrator)

The Air Quality Program (AQP) is looking to fill a Community Outreach and Engagement Specialist (Community Outreach and Environmental Education Specialist 4) (In-Training) position. This position will be located at our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
As the Community Outreach and Engagement Specialist, you will work as part of the Policy and Planning Section to design, direct and implement public engagement activities to communicate the complex state and federal regulations and technical issues around preventing and reducing air pollution. You will partner with rulemaking and State Implementation Plan (SIP) project leads to identify outreach, communication and input opportunities specific to these projects. Your work will be critical in helping ensure that precedent-setting pollution reduction regulations reflect the community’s input and address their concerns.
 You will achieve some of these connection points through:

  • Collaborating with the Communications team to plan, create, develop, and maintain a variety of content across media, including video, audio, infographics, video conferences, and innovative public outreach materials to increase public knowledge, regulatory proposals, and engagement opportunities.
  • Evaluating and identifying gaps in outreach to areas and communities across the state. Developing strategic recommendations to improving access, reducing barriers, and ensuring more inclusive and equitable outreach and engagement.
  • Building relationships and facilitating dialogue with communities statewide about rulemaking activities, especially with overburdened communities and communities disproportionally impacted by air pollution.  

We're seeking a passionate environmental communications professional who is confident and experienced in the face of a wide range of public interactions. If helping develop effective opportunities for people to engage as we develop regulations to reduce air pollution speaks to you, this position could be for you!
Note: This position offers a career path and on-the-job training. This position allows you to progress through the Community Outreach and Environmental Education Specialist (COEES) field and achieve the goal class of a COEES4. Candidates will be considered at the COEES3 and COEES4 levels, depending on their qualifications. For salary levels for each, please see the qualifications section.
The mission of the Air Quality Program (AQP) is to protect and improve air quality in Washington and to protect our State’s environment for current and future generations.

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to an 80% tele-work schedule. During onboarding, in-office time will be two to three days per week. Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon position and business needs and are subject to change.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, we will review applications on October 10, 2023. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before October 9, 2023. If your application isn't received by this date, it may not be considered. The agency reserves the right to make a Hire any time after the initial screening date.

Salary: $50,088.00 - $78,120.00 Annually

If you’re interested in applying for this position or reading additional information, please follow this link:
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