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Wildlife Specialist Senior "Public Affairs and Community Liaison"

Arizona Game and Fish Department
Salary: $47,564 - $80,000
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Job Description

This position acts as the administrator of the region's public affairs, media relations, and community liaison program, provides communications services during critical incidents, and acts as the regional ombudsman. Also assists the Regional Supervisor in a Regional Coordinator role and is the Regional Volunteer Coordinator.

Duties & Responsibilities

● Plan, write and work with internal/external subject matter experts to create accurate, timely and engaging talking points, news releases, media releases, articles, public service announcements, etc., to share with the public and key stakeholders.
● Build and maintain relationships with local communities (and media in those communities) through communication, outreach and public affairs efforts.
● Handle various aspects of media relations, including writing and distributing news releases and media advisories, making proactive pitches to news media, handling and coordinating agency responses to media queries, and assisting with critical incident communications.
● Build and maintain strong internal stakeholder relationships through ongoing collaboration with Department programs.
● Respond to media and public inquiries through social media.
● Develops and implements the regional community engagement program.
● Collaborate with the communities regarding wildlife conservation and recreation.
● Lead, assist and support the delivery of Department educational programs.
● Provide information and communications to regional staff and constituents.
● Serve as the regional information and communication lead during critical incidents.
● Assist and advise the Regional Supervisor in developing regional implementation plans.
● Primary point of contact for regional public affairs issues related to the Department's Mission, law enforcement and nuisance wildlife; which includes coordinating with headquarters public affairs.
● Build relationships with local governments, media, educational institutions, and with local business organizations.
● Coordinate with the Department Legislative Liaison.
● Regional ombudsman for internal and external customers.
● Performs other duties as assigned

Desired Skills

The candidate will have knowledge of/in: planning, budget allocation, program development, management and evaluation, process improvement, journalism and other mass media communications, social media use and message delivery, concepts/practices of wildlife habitat and fisheries management. The candidate will have skills in speaking publicly, oral and written communications, customer service, community and public relationships, organization, time management and prioritization of multiple projects, implementing proactive procedures, problem solving and conflict management. The candidate will have the ability to work effectively under minimal supervision, conduct interviews and interact with the public, handle critical incidents and high stress situations, build and maintain effective professional relationships.

The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in wildlife or fisheries management, biology, education, communications, human dimensions, public administration, public affairs or a similar area. Two years of experience in these areas is a plus.

A level 1 fingerprint clearance card is required. Employment is contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.

If this position requires driving or the use of a vehicle as an essential function of the job, then the following requirements apply. Any employee operating a motor vehicle on State business must possess and retain a current, valid class-appropriate driver’s license, complete all required
training, and successfully pass all necessary driver’s license record checks. The license must be current, unexpired, and neither revoked or suspended. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records, and must complete all required driver training. An employee who operates a personally owned vehicle on state business shall maintain the statutorily required liability insurance (see Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C.) R2-10-207.11).


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Contact Information

Amy Lacy, Recruiter

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