Communications Consultant, Forest Health and Resiliency: Washington

Department of Natural Resources WA State
Olympia, WA
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Full time Positions
$4,627 - 6,217 Per Month
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Communications Consultant, Forest Health and Resiliency Recruitment #2021-01-7682 This is a Full-time, Permanent, Represented position. This recruitment will remain open until filled. Application review will be ongoing with first review on 1/28/2021. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. It is in the applicant’s best interest to submit material as soon as possible. Want to join something GREAT and make a difference? Are you interested in shaping the story of forest health for the state of Washington? Are you driven to be part of a dynamic team of communications professionals? The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an opening for a communications leader who will help develop and deliver outreach, media, and communications for DNR’s forest health and resiliency program while serving as a core member of DNR’s communications team. You will be an important part of a team whose work shapes policy on issues like wildfire, climate change, protecting our lands and waters, boosting rural and urban economies, and renewable energy development. Our public lands create incredible economic benefit and generate tens of millions of dollars for schools, hospitals, and libraries. Under the leadership of Commissioner Franz, the agency is expanding opportunities that protect our lands and benefit our communities. We want you to help us share how we are pushing the agency forward and maximizing the social, economic, and environmental value of public lands. This position serves as the communications manager for the Forest Health and Resiliency Division (FHRD) and reports to the Communications Director, in consultation with the Forest Health and Resiliency Division Manager. This position participates in and contributes to the FHRD Management Team. The incumbent supports the communication needs for the Division, including communications related to all-lands (state, federal, private, and tribal) forest health and resiliency needs and activities. This person will work primarily in the office with moderate field time to provide strategic communications support and guidance to DNR’s Forest Health and Resiliency Program, the Communication Group, and Region Forest Health staff. This team member will work with relevant DNR staff and partners to develop and implement communications plans to support the 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan, the Forest Action Plan, other forest health initiatives, including annual reports, prescribed burning outreach and communication, and website updates on ongoing projects, as well as project-level, long-term communications plans. This team member will write, edit, and develop a variety of communications products, including news releases, fact sheets, letters, reports, website content and social media tools. This staff member will serve as an on-the-record spokesperson for DNR and will also provide outreach support for the FHRD. Responsibilities: Provide strategic guidance to the Forest Health & Resiliency Division in developing, designing, writing and implementing communications plans, and producing materials such as news releases, presentations, brochures, newsletters, social media content, blogs, website content and editing documents and other content. Research and write talking points and memos for the Commissioner of Public Lands, DNR executive staff, and forest health staff. Serve as an on-the-record spokesperson for the Department of Natural Resources on forest health topics. Work with forest health staff to identify positive media opportunities, respond to media requests, pitch stories to the media, keep leadership informed, and oversee media interactions. Consult and advise forest health staff on public issues and develop communications strategies with recommended objectives and tactics. Assist with the planning and execution of strategically important events, such as public meetings, often in collaboration with other high-ranking elected officials or other agencies, and press conferences. Meet with stakeholder groups and partner agencies on collaborative forest health communications efforts, joint events, and to review materials pertaining to DNR. Coordination of materials and translation of key public safety messages for media dissemination during crisis communications events. Identify and make recommendations and follow up on opportunities for positive media engagement around strategic communications goals. Work collaboratively with staff and division leaders to forward the goals and initiatives of the agency. SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Location: One of the world's most scenic places, Washington State offers breathtaking discoveries for people who love natural beauty and outdoor recreation, from the Pacific Coast shores to the rugged Cascade Mountains to the rolling hills of the Palouse. Your office will be located in Olympia. For more information on this area visit, Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework (mobile-work) is expected for most office activities. When approved to return, the incumbent is expected to report to their assigned duty station for work activities or may be approved for telework based on DNR's telework policy. About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Our mission is to manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs economically and socially for current and future generations. At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington’s lands and communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. With nearly 1,500 employees in locations throughout Washington, we manage and protect more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. DNR provides excellent benefits a few of those include: Commitment to organizational health and wellness Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council Leadership that empowers and supports employees Work/life balance Leadership development opportunities Educational aid and career development stipends Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments Opportunities to stretch your professional skills A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit for more information. How to Apply: To be considered you must apply online at You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position. Once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. If you experience technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email Application Requirements: Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile and the position required, desired and special requirements. Attach a resume describing you experience and qualifications. Provide three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume. Complete all supplemental questions. Additional Information: This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days. Veteran’s wishing to claim Veteran’s preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22 or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching. We thank you and are grateful for your service! Persons needing accommodation during the screening process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff at (360)522-2500 or (360)522-0143 or by email at Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 1- 800-833-6388 or DNR is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. Check us out on: DNR’s website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | WordPress Questions? Please contact Bobbi Cussins,, 360-878-4217 or e-mail us at
Required Qualifications: A bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communications or Public Relations. A minimum of five (5) years in the field of communications, public relations or journalism. Fluency in AP Style and ability to write publication-ready materials with minimal oversight and editing. A team player with an ability to work across divisions collaboratively and on short deadlines. Professional experience writing for media and internal publications, interacting with reporters and other media and serving as a spokesperson. Experience developing and implementing long-term, strategic communications plans for major initiatives, as well as project-level communications plans. Excellent knowledge of media relations and traditional media practices. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and ability to make complex information understandable to the general public using plain language. Excellent organizational and project management skills, including ability to exercise good judgement and serve as the expert in communications matters, including crisis communications, for the division and/or the agency. Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships, even in times of high pressure and conflict. Experience writing and editing for organizations, including developing copy and editing copy for news releases, fact sheets, social media, web, and special publications such as reports and white papers. Fluency in the digital space, including using social media tools (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) to promote and inform. Experience interpreting/analyzing public policy and issues. A valid driver’s license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates may be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years. Our ideal candidate will also have the qualifications listed below: Experience working for an elected official. Strong “reporter” mindset – seeks out interesting stories and asks probing questions to identify key stories to share. Experience working in a natural resources, parks, forest health, or similar field. Experience with Drupal, SharePoint or other software used to manage web content. Training or experience in using MS Office, PowerPoint, Movie Maker, Splice, and Adobe Creative Suite (Premier, InDesign, PhotoShop, Illustrator, Acrobat). Knowledge of photography, video filming and video editing programs.
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