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Communications Specialist (Limited-Term)

  2024-06-06     Monterey One Water     5 Harris Court Building D     $86,195.20 - $110.011.20 year  

About the Role
Monterey County is isolated from state and federal water projects and must rely solely on its limited local water resources. This makes being good stewards of all water resources a critical task for our community. At Monterey One Water, we are driven by our mission to turn the area`s wastewater into safe, resilient water solutions for the community and the environment. We`re seeking a new colleague to join our team of environmental superheroes through a focus on content creation, public outreach, and industry engagement.
Professional Development
This is a three-year position ideal for someone eager to learn and acquire new skills. We encourage those seeking long-term employment or career development to apply as further opportunities with Monterey One Water may be possible for the right candidate.

About Monterey One Water (M1W)
Monterey One Water is the public wastewater utility serving more than 285,000 residents and almost 7,000 businesses throughout northern Monterey County. Each day, our team conveys and treats approximately 17 million gallons of wastewater and safely reintroduces it into the environment. In addition to wastewater service, Monterey One Water also produces recycled water for agricultural irrigation and groundwater replenishment.
About Monterey Regional Storm Water Management Program (MRSWMP)
The Monterey Regional Storm Water Management Program is administered by Monterey One Water on behalf of the cities of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Sand City, Seaside, and the County of Monterey with additional support provided by the Pebble Beach Company and the Unified School Districts of Carmel, Monterey, and Pacific Grove. The mission of the regional program is to meet Clean Water Act requirements for urban runoff, protect public health, and enhance environmental quality of watersheds and beaches.

About the Team
Monterey One Water`s Community Services team focuses on relationships with project and community partners, legislatures, regulators, and funding agents. This includes project engagement and coordination, compliance with program and funding requirements, and advocacy for community and industry needs. The Team also manages the Monterey Regional Storm Water Management Program.

Be Proud of Where You Work
We value excellence but we also value you. Monterey One Water provides highly competitive salaries along with comprehensive benefits. A flexible work environment allows employees to be efficient and effective. Monterey One Water also supports employee development through tuition reimbursement, certification, and professional development training.
What You`ll Do
This is a highly cross-functional role, as you will collaborate with internal teams across administration, community services, engineering, finance, operations, and maintenance to support the following activities for M1W and the MRSWMP.

  • Content Creation: Develops and produces a wide variety of digital, printed, and visual media materials with a focus on social media, video production, grant and web writing, technical documents, and other communications that support the Agency and program goals.
  • Public Outreach: Supports the development and implementation of public education activities and strategies such as website administration, tours, public events, field work, presentations, and water quality monitoring.
  • Regional Coordination: Coordinates regional training opportunities, collaborates with industry organizations, and facilitates interactions with local, state, and federal agencies to fulfill permit and program requirements.

Under general direction, plan, develop, and coordinate internal and external communications efforts related to Monterey One Water`s (M1W) services and to the Phase II Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit coordinated through the Monterey Regional Storm Water Management Program (MRSWMP).

This is a limited-term position that will plan, develop, and coordinate internal and external communications efforts related to Monterey One Water`s (M1W) services and to the Phase II Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit coordinated through the Monterey Regional Storm Water Management Program (MRSWMP). Essential duties will focus on content creation, public outreach, and industry engagement. Incumbents will  perform the full range of duties listed below , with only occasional instruction or assistance when new or unique situations arise.  

 Essential Functions:

Content Creation 

  • Develops and executes a social media strategy to maximize reach and engage communities across Facebook, LinkedIn, “X,” Instagram, YouTube, Nextdoor, and other emerging channels, including platforms that will expand the reach of M1W and the MRSWMP among diverse communities. Gathers creative content from internal departments and other stakeholders. Creates and maintains a social media content calendar. Connects social media efforts to an overall digital strategy and customer outreach programs.
  • Directs, records, edits, and produces original video production. For larger video projects, manages all aspects of consultant support, including development, pre-production, and post-production.
  • Creates, coordinates, edits, and contributes to a variety of written publications such as grants, customer communications, annual reports, fact sheets, brochures, feature articles, media releases, and other materials for newspapers, magazines, public service announcements, digital communications, and internal dissemination as assigned.

Public Outreach 

  • Plans, develops, and implements a variety of public information and community outreach/education activities in support of M1W`s and the MRSWMP`s programs and services. Represents the Agency in a wide variety of public interactions, meetings, and presentations with member agencies and community organizations.
  • Arranges and conducts tours of M1W`s facilities for members of the public, community and professional organizations, and service groups.
  • Supports government affairs program needs, as applicable, including summarizing legislation and engaging with local, State, and Federal contacts.
  • Assists the MRSWMP Public Education and Public Outreach Program Coordinator with such activities as public education, public outreach events, storm drain stenciling, publicity, presentations, grant writing, water quality monitoring, source tracking, and field work.
  • Serves as support for website administration of and

   Regional Coordination

  • Assists with the budget preparation and implementation for the MRSWMP.
  • Plans and coordinates training programs to fulfill MRSWMP BMP requirements.  These programs may involve contracting with training consultants or developing in-house resources to accomplish stated objectives.
  • Participates in industry opportunities through organizations such as California Stormwater Quality Association, California Association of Sanitation Agencies, and WateReuse.
  • Facilitates interactions with local, state, and federal agencies related to stormwater permitting and funding grantors including requests for clarification, preparation for and participation in site visits, and coordination of member agencies.
  • Assists in the preparation of supporting documentation required for the MRSWMP members Annual Reports. Drafts, reviews, and edits documents and correspondence to regulatory agencies and advocacy organizations.


Knowledge of:

  • Business letter writing and composition, punctuation, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary.
  • Microsoft Office, with a proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Teams.
  • Experience working with website development and social media platforms..
  • Attention to detail including accurate grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • Laws, rules, and regulations governing current area of assignment.
  • Business math.
  • Basic record keeping principles and practices.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with peers, community members, vendors, contractors, and consultants.

Ability to:

  • Organize work, set priorities, and exercise judgment and initiative within established guidelines, including when to escalate an issue.
  • Understand, interpret, explain, and apply federal, state, and local policies and laws applicable to areas of responsibility.
  • Communicate in a clear, thoughtful, and concise manner, both verbally and in writing.
  • Make public presentations in a variety of settings and provide clear, simple explanations of technical material.
  • Operate a computer and standard business software.
  • Maintain documents and files both electronically and in hardcopy in a logical and understandable manner.
  • Use tact, diplomacy, and acumen in dealing with sensitive and confidential issues.
  • Prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive budget statements, reports, and written materials.
  • Represent both entities effectively in dealings with community organizations, other public agencies, and grantors.
  • Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.
  • Have high attention to detail.
  • Handle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously.
  • Demonstrate optimism, respects others, and works well independently and in a team.
  • Have passion for or experience in environmental science.

Education and Experience:
Any combination of experience and education/training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in journalism, marketing, communications, or a closely related field. Two years of professional experience preferred.

License or Certificate:
Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Driver`s license and be insurable with the Agency`s insurance at the standard rate and continue to meet the established driving standards as a condition of employment for this position.

How To Apply

To apply and view more information about this recruitment please apply by June 26, 2024, at

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