Public information officer for Arizona Game and Fish

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is looking for a communications and outreach professional who has a passion for the outdoors and can help promote the activities of the Department.
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“Public Information Officer”
SALARY GRADE 20 ($36,814 – $65,827)
REQUISITION #13163 / CLOSING DATE: 11/21/2014
Description of Duties: The Arizona Game and Fish Department is looking for a communications and outreach professional who has a passion for the outdoors and can help promote the activities of the Department. This position will have a focus on boating and off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation, laws and safety, but may be called upon for public information work across the entire spectrum of other Department activities (wildlife, hunting, fishing, shooting sports, and more) as necessary. 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 producing printed and electronic communications products such as e-newsletters, brochures and more; writing for the website and social media; writing and distributing news releases and media advisories; handling various aspects of media relations; engaging in advertising and marketing activities; 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; and handling storage, distribution and inventory control of brochures and other printed communications. The position may be called upon to create and monitor annual work plans and budgets, and monitor 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 occasional after-hours work and overnight in-state travel. Duties may include operating an ATV and/or boat and towing a trailer. Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: (KSAs): The candidate will have the ability to perform a wide variety of communications, public outreach and marketing tasks in a fast-paced environment. The candidate will have excellent written and oral communications skills, interpersonal communications skills, and customer service skills. The preferred candidate will have either: a minimum of one year 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 one year experience in public outreach, education or law enforcement for a government agency or other organization whose responsibilities include aspects of boating and OHV recreation. The preferred candidate will have some knowledge and experience with web-based communications and social media. Experience with digital photography and video would be a plus. The ideal preferred candidate will meet the above KSAs and also have experience in operating a boat, operating an ATV, and towing a trailer.
Position requires possession of and 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 in accordance with Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.
All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification program. Our work environment offers training opportunities and encourages career development.
The State of Arizona offers an outstanding comprehensive benefits package including:
* 13 days of vacation
* 12 sick days with accumulation benefits
* 10 paid holidays
* Participation in the nationally recognized Arizona State Retirement System
* Superior health care options
* Vision care, dental care, pharmacy benefits, and flexible spending account (options available)
* Life, long-term disability, and short-term disability insurance options are available
* Many more benefit programs are available. For more information, please visit
Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.
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An equal opportunity, reasonable accommodations employer, the Arizona Game and Fish Department complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you need accommodation in the employment process or this document in an alternative format, please contact our office at (623) 236-7326 or TTY 1-800-367-8939, prior to the closing date of the job in which you are interested. The Arizona Game & Fish Department is responsible for managing Arizona’s fish and wildlife resource as an enduring public trust. In addition, the Department is charged with promoting safe and responsible use of watercraft and off-highway vehicles. Funding is provided from the sale of licenses and permits; watercraft registration fees; federal excise taxes on firearms, fishing equipment, boats, and other sporting goods; State lottery revenues; donations on State income tax forms; and various contracts and grants. Department policy is set by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, whose five members are appointed by the Governor. We stand in support of equality for and advancement of all people based on their qualifications and actions alone without regard to color, gender, age, religion, national origin, or disability.

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