Washington State Technical Editor (Communications Consultant 2) in Richland, Washington


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Every day at Ecology, we work to protect Washington State's environment for current and future generations. We're invested in making a difference. It's part of our culture. If you want to join a highly effective, collaborative team with leadership that embraces the value of people and believes in the fun factor, Ecology would be a perfect fit.

The Nuclear Waste Program (NWP) is currently looking to fill a Technical Editor (Communications Consultant 2)**position. This position will be located in our Richland Field Office (RFO) in Richland, WA.

The Technical Editorposition supports Ecology and the NWP by providing professional technical writing and editing services for the program.

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to quickly assess a situation and make a decision and the ability to communicate with a diverse audience.

As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on Twitter,Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecy.wa.gov.

Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts


Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.

The Nuclear Waste Program's mission is to lead the effective and efficient cleanup of the United States Department of Energy's Hanford Site, to ensure sound management of mixed hazardous wastes in Washington, and to protect the state's air, water, and land at and adjacent to the Hanford site.

Some of the key work activities of the Technical Editor position are:

NWP Technical Writer/Editor:

Performs original writing and/or editing technical documents in the development and preparation of technical, procedural, and communication material. Gathers background information by research and consulting management and staff and writes/edits a variety of material such as general policy manuals, specific procedural directives, training and technical publications. The following are examples of the products the position will work on:

  • Permit procedure processes
  • Procedures/processes for permit writers
  • Procedures/processes for permit coordinators
  • Procedures/processes for Permit Production Team
  • Administrative Record processes
  • Technical editing of permits
  • Assists staff with internal and external presentation (electronic and written).
  • Consults with management, permit writers, PI staff, and admin staff and provides recommendations on things such as determining the most appropriate methods and techniques of designing, formatting, and producing materials targeted toward a specific audience.
  • Reviews/edits desk manuals for Technical Editor, RIM/Public Disclosure Coordinator, secretaries, and receptionist.
  • Edits final All Staff presentation.

The position has a responsibility in monitoring and expediting progress during Permit Production and ensures that conformity to standards of style and quality. Advises management regarding alternatives available in the selection of materials, methods of copy preparation, and other specifications that can favorably influence the cost or quality of the final product. Brings unusual problems or issues to supervisor for possible options or solutions.

NWP Public Disclosure Coordinator

  • Analyzes requests, enters requests into the agency's tracking system and responds to Public Records Requests.
  • Coordinates with staff to assist with the gathering of responsive records for Public Records Requests.
  • Clarifies requests as needed and consults with staff on appropriate scope of requests and search criteria.
  • Assists staff in performing reasonable and adequate searches.
  • Coordinates legal holds and works with staff on the production of Discovery responses to AGO under the direction of the Lead Manager (AP 20-12).
  • Coordinates and supports staff in responding to requests to designate records as "Confidential Business Information" (AP 20-13-02).
  • Prepares records for inspection and supervises onsite file reviews.
  • Identifies responsive records, as well as applicable exemptions for partial (redaction) or total withholding. Works with the AGO if needed.
  • Attends PDC monthly meetings.

Print Coordinator

Serves as the Print Coordinator for the Permit Production Team. Leads the Print Production Team in the activities of printing all NWP permits and modifications.

  • Creates Table of Contents and label dividers for the individual units.
  • Receives electronic files from IT and organizes them into a system in order to track which items have been printed. The Print Coordinator updates the Permit Production Team on the status of printing the print.
  • Oversees the permit review process. After the entire permit is printed, permit writers will have a chance to review their unit(s). A permit review-tracking sign off sheet will be used to track which units have been reviewed.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be July 31, 2017. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before July 30, 2017. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree in English, communications, journalism, humanities, public relations, or related field with one (1) year of experience in writing/editing technical documents; or equivalent education/experience.

Must be able to obtain a Hanford Security badge in order to handle Official Use Only (OUO) documents.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Professional level experience with Microsoft Office Suite and other related applications (Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Access, SharePoint, Adobe)
  • Possess the verbal and written communication skills necessary to work with non-technical customers and technical staff.
  • Must have the ability to work independently and have strong technical formatting skills. Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience.
  • Two (2) writing samples.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume," may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources at (360) 407-6186.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Christy Caldwell at: christy.caldwell@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Christy to inquire about the status of your application.

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Salary: $40,236.00 - $52,788.00 Annually

Location: Benton County – Richland, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Ecology

Job Number: 2017-NWP4162-06542

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov