Regulatory Outreach and Education Specialist (Community Outreach & Environmental Ed Specialist 3)

  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Richland, WA, United States
  • Apr 06, 2017
Full time Communication/Public Outreach Energy Environmental Education/Interpretation Environmental Science/Engineering EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Hazardous Waste / RCRA Waste Management/Recycling

Job Description

The Nuclear Waste Program (NWP) is currently looking to fill a Regulatory Outreach and Education Specialist (Community Outreach & Environmental Specialist 3) position. This position will be located in our Richland Field Office (RFO) in Richland, WA.

The Regulatory Outreach and Education Specialist position will work independently and under general direction to lead and coordinate the public involvement aspects of our permitting responsibilities, coordinate with other NWP sections, and will provide direct support for air permitting. This position will take an active role in website development, social media presence and community outreach. 

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, extreme attention to detail, the ability to follow procedures and remain organized, are comfortable speaking to a diverse audience, and have the ability to write clearly and convert complex information into publicly understandable language.

In addition, highly desired qualities include experience or knowledge of regulatory processes, experience with public involvement/engagement, interest in and an understanding of basic ecology and environmental issues, and is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Some of the key work activities of the Regulatory Outreach and Education Specialist position include: 

Public Involvement Support for State Permits:   

  • Supports the agency's regulatory and permitting activities by developing internal public involvement processes and implementing legally required public involvement activities, including working with permitting staff to initiate Ecology permit modifications or coordinate permittee-initiated comment periods, reviewing and issuing notices, reviewing and issuing advertising and announcements, holding public meetings and hearings, and coordinating other public involvement and information-related activities specific to the Nuclear Waste Program.
  • Serves as the regulatory expert and liaison for the communication team with all NWP sections that manage portions of the Hanford Dangerous Waste Site-wide Permit or Non-Hanford permits, Air Permit, Sand and Gravel Permit and Wastewater Discharge Permit.
  • Receives and distributes the public comments on permit modifications within the NWP to ensure that comments are directed to the proper responders. 
  • Coordinates review of the Response to Comments document; ensures the document is completed in the proper format.
  • Coordinates all public involvement activities for permitting with the Permit Production team.
  • Works with the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on public involvement activities as appropriate.
  • Serves as public involvement support for Nuclear Waste Program's air permit, the Wastewater Discharge Permit and the Sand and Gravel Permit.


  • Helps with and conducts outreach and education efforts.
  • Assists with web upkeep.
  • Ensures that agency policies and guidelines for NWP communications are followed. 
  • Assists in the development of NWP processes and protocols for print and electronic media.
  • Works with the web/publications coordinator to use pre-established templates. Follows pre-established web and publications review processes to ensure quality and consistency for all published regulatory products (focus sheets, listserv notices, comment response documents, etc.).

Social Media:

  • Supports the NWP and the agency's social media goals and initiatives. Plans and develops content for NWP social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and others. Assists in analyzing effectiveness of the NWP social media outreach and strategizes when to amplify NWP content to the agency level.

Miscellaneous Duties:

  • Provides backup support to other program communication staff as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Communications Manager or Section Manager.
  • Follows established procedures for completing timesheets, leave requests, phone message updates, out of the office notification and coverage for individual service areas.
  • Communicates regularly with the communication manager and management. Provides a weekly update of ongoing permit activities.
  • Participates in the unit and section activities such as meetings and projects.
  • Attends training to keep skills current for position responsibilities and Ecology core training as required.

Closing 4/11/2017 11:59 PM Pacific

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$41,436.00 - $54,384.00 Annually