If you're a professional communicator who loves the outdoors and wildlife, this might be your dream job! We're looking for a talented, detail-oriented storyteller -- someone with expert verbal and written communication skills -- to fill the role of Media Relations and Communications Specialist in our Salt Lake office. You would work closely with Division employees, partners and the news media on a wide variety of outreach and communications efforts focused on wildlife (management, safety, conflicts, etc.) and wildlife-related events and activities (hunting, fishing, viewing, etc.). You would research, write and distribute information, work with established and emerging media outlets on topics of local and statewide importance. You would be expected to expertly represent the Division as the lead spokesperson. This unique position also involves opportunities for hands-on fieldwork during wildlife management projects.
Apply online at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/utah/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=2309565
As the Media Relations and Communications Specialist you will:
* Be actively involved in and informed about projects and efforts, and then use that knowledge to share stories that will engage the public and increase their support for wildlife management and conservation.
* Serve as the Division's lead spokesperson and work with the media on statewide wildlife issues and hot topics.
* Take complex issues and distill them into easy-to-understand concepts.
* Cultivate relationships and communicate regularly with reporters at established and emerging media outlets.
* Use expert writing skills to craft accurate news releases on topics of statewide and regional interest.
* Use expert communication skills to develop compelling content for distribution on the Division's website, blog and social media channels.
* Coordinate with communication team members across the state to understand and promote stories, ideas, events, upcoming management projects and efforts, etc.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will possess superior verbal communication skills and a bachelor's degree in journalism, communication, marketing or English. The candidate would be articulate, engaging, concise and comfortable in speaking with the media in person, over the phone and on camera, and able to communicate information and ideas clearly and concisely in writing. A talent for taking, or choosing, compelling photos and video that complement written work. Experience in using and monitoring multiple social media channels in a professional setting. The ability to upload information into a website content-management system. Strong interpersonal communication abilities that help build trust and positive relationships. Creative, pragmatic ways to solve problems and improve processes. An understanding of the history and traditions associated with hunting, fishing and shooting sports, and recognition of how those activities support wildlife conservation.