Public Affairs Specialist (Public Information Officer)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2

About the organization

The mission of EPA is 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; and Contaminated lands and toxic sites are cleaned up by potentially responsible parties and revitalized.


Help the EPA-Region 2’s Public Affairs Office in New York City get the word out about EPA’s work. The Media Relations Branch (MRB) is responsible for the development of press advisories, press releases, opinion pieces and other written materials. MRB also helps represent the Region during media interviews and provide supporting materials and talking points for interviews conducted by the Regional Administrator.

Major Duties:
Develop communication plans for diverse audiences with different points of view;

Establish relationships with media representatives and specialized groups to increase public knowledge and understanding of Environmental Protection Agency policies and programs;

Write, edit and issue press releases, fact sheets, media advisories, and other communications materials, such as communications plans and web content;

Serve as a regional agency spokesperson;

Contribute to the region’s social media efforts;

Nurture information sharing across the Region for situational awareness, maintain open communication between various stakeholders.

Help develop communication strategies and materials for Region 2’s voluntary and regulatory programs; and

Write press releases, talking points, speeches, responses to media, social media, web content, etc. targeted at Region 2’s stakeholders, concerned members of the public, and communities.

Position has a GS-12 promotion potential.


Master's degree is required.

A valid U.S. Driver’s License is required.

Strong writing skills are required.

Spanish fluency is a plus.


$57,948.00 per year (GS-9)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please apply directly to [email protected], reference "R2-2019-Peace Corps-PAO2" in the subject of your email. Your email must include your resume, scanned official master's transcripts (copies acceptable for application), and your scanned NCE Letter from the Peace Corps.

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