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JOB: Public information officer

  • Job: Public information officer 2 for Arizona Game and Fish Department, Information and Education Division/Information Branch
  • Position: Permanent
  • Location: Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Salary: Grade 20 (Hiring range: $36,814-$56,000)
  • Application deadline: May 25, 2012

Description:
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is looking for a communications professional who has a passion for the outdoors and can help promote safe, responsible outdoor recreation in the state, with a focus on boating and off-highway vehicle recreation, laws and safety.
The position calls for a team-oriented professional who can perform a variety of writing, public outreach, public information and media relations tasks. This includes assessing communications needs and developing and implementing communications plans; writing and distributing news releases and media advisories; writing and producing printed and electronic communications products for the public; staffing booths and exhibits at public outreach events such as outdoor expos, community safety fairs and other events; answering questions and communicating information through direct customer contact; handling various aspects of media relations; engaging in advertising and marketing activities; writing for social media; and handling storage, distribution and inventory control of brochures and other printed communications.
The position creates and monitors annual work plans and budgets and monitors expenditures for communications projects. The position often works with other professionals, including law enforcement and education professionals, both within and outside of the agency, on coordinated efforts. The position requires some after-hours work and overnight in-state travel and performs other duties as assigned. Duties may include operating an ATV and/or a boat and towing a trailer.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
The candidate will have the ability to perform a wide variety of communications, public outreach and marketing tasks in a fast-paced environment and have excellent written and oral communications skills, interpersonal communications skills and customer service skills. The preferred candidate will have either: a minimum of two years experience as a public information officer or similar experience in the field of print or broadcast journalism, public relations, advertising or marketing, OR a minimum of two years experience in public outreach, education or law enforcement for a government agency or other organization whose responsibilities include aspects of boating and off-highway vehicle recreation. The candidate will have knowledge and experience with Web-based communications and social media. Experience with digital photography and video would be a plus. The ideal candidate will also have experience in operating a boat, operating an ATV and towing a trailer.
Other details:
The announcement will close at 5 p.m. (Arizona time) on May 25, 2012.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is an equal employment opportunity agency.
All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification program. The state of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package, including a top-ranked retirement plan, low-cost health and dental coverage, supplemental policies such as vision and short-term disability, and generous leave programs. Their work environment offers training opportunities and encourages career development.
To submit your resume for consideration, visit https://secure.azstatejobs.gov/pljb/global_jsp/applicant/DisplayJob/JobDetails.jsp?display=1&pljbHome=/azgovjobs/mainjb/applicant/index.jsp&id=45397.

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