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Education And Outreach Specialist I

Thurston County
Full Time 9605 Tilley Rd SW S, Olympia, WA 98512, United States


This employment opportunity will remain open until filled. Thurston County Public Works reserves the right to close the recruitment at any time. To ensure consideration for this position, please submit your application as soon as possible.
Thurston County Public Works is recruiting for an Education & Outreach Specialist I to join our dynamic, energetic, and innovative team. The successful candidate will have experience implementing planning efforts to build community awareness, education, and outreach activities.
Essential functions may include, but are not limited to, the following: 
  • Serves as primary staff member responsible for creating and updating outreach materials for the Public Works Solid Waste Division, including websites, social media, videos, and print materials.
  • Serves as support staff for residential, commercial, youth, and multi-family outreach programs, including assisting with waste sorts, attending events, making presentations to groups, and teaching recycling and waste reduction classes.
  • Serves as liaison for county-owned facilities, including updating outreach materials, signage and recycling information, and employee informational materials.
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Message to potential applicants: We understand that some potential applicants are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the functions or skills listed in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and we understand that may be someone who will learn some of these skills on the job. If you are interested in this position, and meet the minimum qualifications, we encourage you to go ahead and apply! Feel free to think about how you will bring your own set of skills to the role and tell us about the potential that you hold.  

The , located in Olympia, Washington is a national award-winning agency in delivering quality projects to our community.  Our mission is to provide quality public services in all areas of our business.  We actively help our staff develop and grow professionally, we bring together resources across divisions to achieve organizational goals, we are always ready to respond to community needs, and we are an American Public Works Association accredited agency, consistently meeting industry best practices benchmarks.  

Our Core Values:
  • Accountability – We take responsibility for our actions and the resulting outcomes.
  • Customer Service – We provide our customers with the highest level of service and quality.
  • Innovation – We strive to continuously improve processes, performance, and results.
  • Safety – We demonstrate an uncompromising commitment to safety.
  • Teamwork – We work together toward achieving a common recognized end.  
Mission  - to provide excellent public services in all areas of our business.
Vision – The premier public works organization, accountable and transparent in all services we provide to our community.  

Thurston County Public Works values the diversity of the people it hires and serves.  To us, inclusion means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths.  We are dedicated to recruiting and developing a talented workforce from various cultures, lifestyles, backgrounds, and perspectives who are committed to our vision and core values.  

What we offer our employees:
  • Work-Life Balance: We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individual’s lifestyle. 
  • Plan For Your Future: As a member of our team, you will enjoy great employee benefits, including a retirement plan, pre-tax savings accounts, as well as comprehensive health care and dental/vision care for you and your family.  Please visit website for more information.  
  • Paid Leave: Full-time regular employees earn a minimum of 12 paid vacation days per year in addition to 11 paid. 
  • Robust Training Program: Employees are encouraged to attend County paid training to help them further their career, learn new skill sets, and stay on top of emerging trends in our industry.  We also encourage our staff to participate in professional organizations and attend conferences.  
  • Flexible Work Schedules:Some of the options that employees may take advantage of include alternative or compressed schedules and/or remote working.
  • Deferred CompensationThe County offers 3 voluntary deferred compensation plans for employees who would like to set aside additional deferred tax dollars into a retirement savings plan. 
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)Employees can take advantage of Section 125 flexible spending accounts for out-of-pocket health care and daycare expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness:This is a federal program which allows full-time public service employees who have made 120 qualifying payments for certain loans, to get their student loans repaid.  
Why you’ll love it here:
Thurston County is located between Seattle and Portland in Western Washington’s South Puget Sound Region. Perched in between the mountains and the ocean, the area boasts the perfect blend of year-round outdoor activities including boating, hiking, skiing, and more. The region is also home to the state capitol city of Olympia, known for its many restaurants, microbreweries, coffee shops, farmer’s markets, kids’ activities, history, and art events. Discover more about life in Thurston County at .
  • Bachelor's degree in education, public health, environmental health, environmental science, or other closely related field. Additional experience can be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.
  • Must have three years experience working in public health, environmental issues, or other related field promoting education, outreach, media campaign, public relations or other comparable experiences to successfully perform duties and responsibilities of the classification.
  • Must have the ability to utilize a personal computer with related software to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Current Washington State Driver's License or have requested and obtained an appropriate accommodation.
  • A professional certification applicable to area of assignment is highly desired (examples: Pesticide Applicator, Public Health Educator Certification, Hazardous Waste Health and Safety training, etc.).
Desired Skills
  • Experience using Plain Talk Principles and SMARTIE goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely, Inclusive, and Equitable) in developing outreach materials.
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premiere.
  • Experience with social media management tools and using social media metrics.
  • Experience with online content management systems and the use of analytics.
  • Experience creating digital content for social media and the web.