Public Affairs Specialist

US Environmental Protection Agency

About the organization

To protect human health and the environment.

EPA works to ensure that:
Americans have clean air, land and water;
National efforts to reduce environmental risks are based on the best available scientific information;
Federal laws protecting human health and the environment are administered and enforced fairly, effectively and as Congress intended;
Environmental stewardship is integral to U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy;
All parts of society--communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local and tribal governments--have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks;
Contaminated lands and toxic sites are cleaned up by potentially responsible parties and revitalized; and
Chemicals in the marketplace


Serve as regional expert on the development of communication plans for specific communities or diverse audiences with different points of view;
Establish relationships with media representatives and specialized groups to communicate new initiatives/activities that directly influence public knowledge and understanding of EPA policies and programs;
Oversee the development or personally write, edit and issue press releases, fact sheets, media advisories, briefing documents, and internet articles.
One or more positions may be filled (in the organization advertised and/or in other organizations).


One year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:
To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-12 level defined as collaborating with or creating partnerships with media representatives to facilitate effective joint communication related to environmental protection programs; briefing media representatives on environmental or public policy programs; and developing communication plans, taking into account specific communities or diverse audiences with varying points of view.

Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: Ability to identify appropriate social media channels, techniques and strategies to solicit public input;
Skill in written communication;
Skill in oral communication;
Ability to analyze media and public perceptions;
Skill in developing relationships with media representatives, regional managers and program staff;
Ability to identify appropriate social media channels, techniques and strategies to solicit public input.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience


$112,400 - $146,120 per year

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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