Public Affairs Specialist

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Location
    San Francisco, California
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jan 05

Position description


You will:

  • 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).




Conditions of Employment

  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.


As required by Executive Order 14043, if you are selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinatedagainst COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by 11/22/21, or before onboarding with the agency if after 11/22/21, except in limited circumstances. For information about COVID-19 workplace safety at EPA, as well as resources and health and safety guidance, visit COVID-19 Safe Federal Workplace.

If you are selected, you may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. All conditions of the pre-employment security process must be met before an official letter of employment can be issued with a report for duty date.

You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.



We are looking for at least 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 that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

If you have part-time work experience, read this:  EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

Application instructions

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