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JOB: Public Information Officer 2

  • PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 2
  • ARIZONA GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT
  • INFORMATION & EDUCATION / INFORMATION BRANCH
  • PHOENIX BASED
  • FLSA – Non-Exempt
  • SALARY GRADE 20 ($36,814 – $62,692)
  • ANNOUNCEMENT #AGF36-12NWS / CLOSING DATE: 11/16/2012 (5 p.m.)

Outdoor Market: jobThe Arizona Game and Fish Department is looking for a communications professional who has a passion for the outdoors and can help promote fishing recreation and the department’s fish and wildlife conservation efforts. The position’s focus will be on aspects of fishing recreation, including public opportunities, regulations, benefits and related matters. The position is instrumental in supporting angler recruitment and retention strategies for the Department.
The position calls for a team-oriented professional who can perform a variety of writing, public outreach 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, including the Weekly Fishing Report and assisting with the biweekly Urban Fishing Bulletin; staffing booths and exhibits at public outreach events; answering questions and communicating information through direct customer contact; handling various aspects of media relations; engaging in advertising and marketing activities; and writing for social media. The position may be called upon to create and monitor annual work plans, budgets and to monitor expenditures for communications projects.
The position often works with other professionals, including biologists, law enforcement and education professionals, both within and outside of the agency. The position requires occasional after-hours work and overnight in-state travel and performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
The candidate will have the ability to perform a wide variety of mass communications, public outreach and advertising/marketing tasks in a fast-paced environment. The candidate will have knowledge of journalism principles and practices and will have excellent written and oral communications skills, interpersonal communications skills, and customer service skills. The preferred candidate will have experience in fishing and/or knowledge of fishing recreation issues. The preferred candidate will have either: a minimum of three years experience as a publicinformation officer or similar experience in the field of print or broadcast journalism, public relations, advertising or marketing, OR a minimum of three years experience in public outreach, education or law enforcement for a government agency or other organization whose responsibilities include aspects of fishing recreation. The preferred candidate will have some knowledge and experience with Web-based communications, social media, and digital photography or video. A basic understanding of fisheries biology and management concepts would be a plus.
The position requires possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records, and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)
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. Our work environment offers training opportunities and encourages career development.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department manages fish and wildlife in Arizona under the authority of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, and creates and implements scientific methods and regulations to effectively manage fish and wildlife via conservation, enforcement, hunting and fishing. The Department also manages and provides enforcement and outreach regarding watercraft/off-highway vehicle recreation and shooting sports. The Arizona Game and Fish Department dedicates itself to excellence, values its employees, and supports a culture of stewardship, teamwork and partnerships.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is an equal employment opportunity agency.
The announcement will close at 5 p.m. (Arizona time) on Nov. 16, 2012 (Arizona time).
To submit your resume for consideration, visit www.azstatejobs.gov. Click on “Search for Jobs,” then enter either AGF or PIO 2 in the Keywords box. Click on the link to open the position posting, then click on the “Apply” link.

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