Clark County Environmental Outreach Specialist -Green Neighbors (Close when filled)

Clark County Environmental Outreach Specialist (Green Neighbors)

Organization NamePublic Health

The Job
Applications will be accepted until an adequate amount of applications are received or the position is filled.  This recruitment may be closed at any time after the first review date.

Clark County is seeking an organized individual with experience in engaging in meaningful and effective community communication to coordinate Solid Waste’s Green Neighbors program.  This position will be responsible for planning, organizing and participating in resource development and strategy design to carry out behavior change outreach and education to the residents of Clark County relating to natural resource consumption, waste reduction, and recycling.  Clark County Green Neighbors is a residential outreach program focused on helping people who live and/or work in Clark County to live a more sustainable lifestyle.  We provide information about waste reduction, recycling, natural gardening, water quality and conservation, urban wildlife, and the natural world through our website, newsletter, workshops, film library and community events.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience in successfully developing and implementing education programs and campaigns targeting behavior change, including various traditional and social media strategies; engaging residents in meaningful interactions through events and activities; project management, including concurrent projects with multiple stakeholders; and program evaluation and measurement.

Organizational responsibilities include understanding and promoting the public health mission of the department; providing courteous, respectful, efficient customer service to all department clients; honoring diversity of all department employees and constituents; participating in department training; and striving for personal excellence in public health work.


·        Provide vision and leadership in the implementation of existing and development of new Green Neighbor’s programs, events and projects.

·        Develop and implement outreach and communication strategies to engage residents, including printed materials, presentations, website and other creative communications.

·        Use social marketing and behavior change principles to develop specific strategies to identify and reach target groups to promote participation and awareness.

·        Consider multiple variables and sources of data in prioritizing work and program goals, including but not limited to the current and planned solid waste management systems, grant and funding requirements, identified community needs, political climate, solid waste management plan, and other data and research.

·        Develop work plans, timelines and resource allocations for assigned projects and grants.  Monitor progress to ensure objectives are met.

·        Analyze program effectiveness, to include identifying, implementing, and measuring program improvements.

·        Collaborate with other county departments and external partners for integrated program development and outreach.

·        Serve as liaison between key stakeholders, to include attending and facilitating meetings.

·        Assist with budget development.

·        Increase awareness of waste reduction and behavior change initiatives, through participation in civic, neighborhood or professional group activities.

·        Support and respect diversity in the workplace.

·        Other duties as assigned.


This position is represented and requires membership in Local 17, Professional and Technical Employees.  Membership dues will be deducted from employee pay.

Selection Process

Application Review – Incomplete applications will not pass the review; attaching a resume or referring to a resume does not substitute for a completed application.  Candidates will be evaluated based on the content of their applications and those deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.

Cover Letter (required) – In addition to the Clark County application, applicants must submit a cover letter detailing their experience in the areas mentioned below.  Document must be added to the Documents section of My Application.  Please include the Recruitment Number in the file name (i.e., Cover Letter IR15207.doc).

 Oral Interview – The interview will be job related and may include, but not be limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement.  Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.

Employment References may be conducted for the final candidates, including verification of education.

Driver License/CDL verification and license abstract checks will be performed prior to final selection.

Finalist must successfully pass a background check as required by RCW 43.43.830.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Four year degree that includes major coursework in communication, education, public administration, marketing, environmental science or related field.  The degree must have been conferred by an institution of higher education and have National Recognition of Accrediting Agencies by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and official transcripts will be required at the time of hire.
  • Two years of experience and demonstrated success in marketing, outreach, education, with emphasis on outreach to and working with the public focused on behavior change.
  • Strong experience in social marketing, community outreach and project management – including projects involving a large number of internal and external stakeholders, multiple phases, and large numbers of volunteers and team members.
  • Knowledge of the local government role in advancing waste reduction.
  •  Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; including making presentations to a variety of audiences throughout the community.
  •  Ability to interpret and explain technical and/or complex policies and programs with clarity to a variety of audiences.
  • Experience in social marketing, community outreach and project management.
  • Knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, website content management.
  • Experience with data management and evaluating program outcomes. 

Ability to:  effectively and respectfully work with persons from diverse backgrounds including; age, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, socioeconomic status, physical characteristics, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, health status, genetic predisposition, political belief, mental, or physical ability; identify the role of cultural, social and behavioral factors in determining the delivery of Public Health services; research and implement approaches to address problems that take into account cultural differences and working with diverse populations; recognize and address discrimination, stereotypes and stigmas in the work environment; recognize features of personal behavior which are affected by culture.


Knowledge of:  Key components of cultural competency; awareness of differences, attitude to examine believes and values, knowledge of differences and skills to effectively and appropriately work across cultures.



  • Apply understanding and knowledge of cultural differences and similarities when working with diverse populations.  

Other Necessary Qualifications:

·        Must be able to respond to public health emergencies or exercises at any time, except while on scheduled vacation or other leave.  In addition, leaves may be cancelled under public health emergencies.

·        Must protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal law.

·        Must adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines, including but not limited to timely completion of mandatory trainings.

·        Possess a valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance and has access to reliable transportation.

·        Must adhere to the Department employee immunity policy and provide documents as requested.

·        Maintenance of specific licenses (if appropriate).

·        Finalist must successfully pass a criminal background check as required by RCW 43.43.830.


$26.99 - $34.38 per hour

How To Apply

Apply here on-line.  Application materials are due by the closing date listed on the recruitment.  Please read the Job Posting material thoroughly to determine application requirements.


The Human Resources Department will begin a review of applications after the first review date of Friday, January 26, 2018.

The County



Clark County offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

•        Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance

•        Paid Days Off

•        Deferred Compensation (457 Plan)

•        Retirement through Washington State Department of Retirement Systems is required*

•        Employee Assistance Program

•        10 Paid Holidays

•        Flexible Spending

•        Life Insurance

•        Supplemental Life Insurance

•        Long-Term Disability


Click here for additional information.

Also refer to document attached to this recruitment.


*All Clark County employees must participate in the WASHINGTON STATE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (PERS).  Employee contributions begin the first day of work.  Current contribution rates are 5% to 7.38% of gross pay, depending on plan choice.


For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' web site here:


Project positions are not eligible for Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, and Flexible Spending Accounts.


It is the general policy of the County to start employees in the lower or middle sections of the salary range.



Clark County is located in the southwestern part of the State of Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon.  With almost 600 programs serving nearly 436,000 residents, the county provides a wide variety of employment opportunities for about 1600 people.  Clark County’s structure is complex, with 18 elected officials, 13 regional councils and districts, and numerous appointed boards.  Although the county seat is in downtown Vancouver, county employees provide services to all of its residents, from urban cities and towns, to the hundreds of miles of beautiful countryside.  Clark County offers excellent livability and a relatively low cost of living.  There is no state income tax.



Clark County is committed to increasing the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of its workforce and ensuring that diversity is a key priority of our organization.  We are committed to providing equal opportunity and access regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person, sexual orientation/gender identity, veteran status or any other status protected by law.  Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 


Clark County’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan is available at


If you are in need of ADA/Section 504 assistance for accommodations, please contact Human Resources at (360) 397-2456; Relay (800) 833-6388.


NOTE:  This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change.  It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.



If you are in need of ADA/Section 504 assistance for accommodations, please contact Human Resources at (360) 397-2456; Relay (800) 833-6388.