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Public Information Specialist III (Parks and Wildlife)

Colorado Department of Human Services

Colorado Springs ,  Colorado

The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of Colorado, unless this requirement is waived by the State Personnel Board. If the residency requirement has been waived for an announced vacancy, it will be noted on the job announcement and applications will be considered from individuals who are not residents of Colorado. This announcement does not include a residency waiver.

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The Department of Natural Resources mission is to develop, preserve, and enhance the state's natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors. In an effort to build diversity and inclusion we welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Customer service is a key component for every position across state government. We are focused on improving Efficiency (use of resources), Effectiveness (impact of our work), and Elegance (graceful service interactions).

Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Mission is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado's natural resources. Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Southeast Region is a major, geographical based organizational unit of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), essentially the Southeast quadrant of Colorado. The Southeast Region is responsible for administering and managing seven state parks, four wildlife administrative areas, the statewide State Lands Program, and all of the ancillary operations, programs, projects, and staff resources, fiscal resources and miscellaneous property resources relating to state parks and wildlife activities in the Southeast Region.

Description of Job

The Southeast Region Public Information Officer is a member of the Southeast Region administrative staff and provides the public, media, CPW staff, other government entities and non-governmental organizations with information with regard to hunting, fishing, wildlife, state parks and outdoor recreation specific to the Southeast Region. The position provides expert advice and guidance to thru region's management team as required to develop a communications strategy relevant to regional goals and initiatives. Duties include but not limited to:

  • Provide/interpret/distribute public information to media representatives, to members of the public, to other CPW staff, including regional customer service and web staff.
  • Perform the role of CPW spokesperson by managing media requests; determine appropriate staff member and means to deliver responses; coordinates with appropriate staff to develop responses to media requests.
  • Identify strategy and tactics for shaping public opinion and media responses on regionally significant issues, including energy development, wildlife conflicts, species conservation, wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities, state parks and other events.
  • Analyze public information outreach goals and execute outreach in appropriate format, including press releases and other print deliverables such as web content, agency brochures, fact sheets, informational memos, and magazine articles; broadcast formats including radio, television, cable and internet video productions; and other outreach platforms as assigned.
  • Determines logistical arrangements for news conferences, dedications, and other public events.
  • Coordinate with regional management and staff in the development of regional policy initiatives and identify communications goals to integrate strategies into a comprehensive plan.
  • Recommend and execute strategies to shape public responses to decisions or actions taken by the region. 
  • Develop and distribute talking points, messaging guidance, and other materials for internal distribution, possibly in coordination with statewide initiatives.
  • Monitor media coverage and public discussion of issues related to CPW's mission to identify communications opportunities and challenges and capitalize or responding to these issues. 
  • Provide timely public information services and responses encompassing a variety of special incidents such as wildlife conflicts, accidents; or legislative/regulatory issues.
  • Develop communication plans, manage event logistics, provide public outreach, and respond to media requests
  • Coordinates and promotes watchable wildlife activities within Southeast Region.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relations with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Documents: State application, resume, cover letter, and college transcript (if applicable). The candidate is responsible for providing all required documents, or your application will automatically be rejected.

Minimum Requirements: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in Public Affairs, Public Administration, Journalism/Broadcast Journalism, Communications, English, Natural Resources, Environmental Science or a closely related field of study AND two years of professional experience in public/media relations; natural resources, parks and/or wildlife management, or other assignment closely related to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife mission.

*Professional Experience: Work that involves exercising discretion, analytical skill, judgment, and personal accountability, and responsibility for creating, developing, integrating, applying, and sharing an organized body of knowledge that characteristically is uniquely acquired through an intense education or training regimen at a recognized college or university; equivalent to the curriculum requirements for a bachelor's or higher degree with major study in or pertinent to the specialized field; and continuously studied to explore, extend, and use additional discoveries, interpretations, and application and to improve data, materials, equipment, applications and methods.

*Substitutions: A combination of work experience in occupational field or specialized subject area of the work assigned to the job, which provided the same kind, amount, and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree. A master's or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in a field of study related to the work assignment may be substituted for the bachelor's degree and at the agency's discretion, one or two years of general experience respectively.

Conditions of Employment: 1) Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire. 2) Must possess and maintain a current State of Colorado driver's license.

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