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Community Engagement Internship: Spokane

Title Community Engagement Intern
Department(s) Outreach and Marketing
Reports to Spokane Lead Organizer

Job summary

Work with the Lead Organizer to create and implement the strategies and processes necessary to successfully engage volunteers, community institutions, neighborhoods and individuals in order to achieve SustainableWorks’ goals of helping homeowners save energy and lower their carbon footprint all while creating quality jobs.

Summary of essential job functions

  • Work with Lead Organizer to educate the public about home energy efficiency
  • Assist with trainings for volunteers to serve as neighborhood volunteers and community leaders.
  • Assist in recruiting institutions, creating & maintaining a neighborhood leadership team, planning public events and work directly with individuals to support neighborhood organizing efforts to achieve SustainableWorks’ goals.
  • Various administrative tasks (phones, filing, etc.).
  • Additional tasks to be determined based on needs of student and organization.

Abilities required

  • Ability to work in a team environment and work independently
  • Outstanding customer service, analytical, organizational and communications skills
  • Strong computer skills including,  Microsoft Office Suite

For more information and to apply e-mail:

About SustainableWorks
SustainableWorks is a non-profit 501c3 that creates quality jobs for under-served populations and improves the environment with residential energy retrofit projects through community engagement and participation.  It was started in Spokane in 2006, initially focusing on establishing a retrofit market in the under-served small commercial & non-profit sectors.

Ready for an Adventure this Summer?

Holland America will be hosting an info session Monday November 23rd at 6-8 pm in the Road to Bali.  The representative will discuss land based summer employment in Alaska as an opportunity for Gonzaga students.

The recruiter will hosting interviews in Spokane November 23-25th, so there is possibility of the info session developing into follow up with interviews immediately if students seemed interested.

For more information on open positions as well as to apply check out

Various Communications Positions

Washington State Dept of Labor and Industries: Communications Consultant 5
Seeking communication professionals with exceptional writing skills and equally strong communication planning skills to serve as key communication adviser and support to the agency’s largest division.

Communication Opportunities in Portland

The following job leads were forwarded to the Career Center and we wanted to forward them along to job hunting Zags out there!

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is hiring a community outreach specialist in Portland. Experience with social media is helpful, but not required. Annual salary is approximately $44,000 – $77,000, depending upon education and experience. Submit resume by August 31 to “COS Hiring Manager” via mail: PO Box 709, Portland, OR 97207; Email:; or fax:(503) 552-5465.
  • Metro is seeking an associate public affairs specialist in communications in Portland. Annual salary is $49,329 – $66,056. Application deadline September 1.
  • The Oregon Sustainability Center is hiring a fundraising director in Portland. Salary is negotiable. Screening begins September 1. Please submit resume and cover letter electronically to Liz Hopkins, or via the mail to P+OSI C/O Liz Hopkins, 1600 SW 4th Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97201.
  • Gateway to College National Network is hiring a program manager in Portland. The salary range is $50,000 – $80,000 per year, including a comprehensive benefits package. Starting salary is typically in the first quartile of the range. Position closes September 11.
  • Oregon Voice is hiring an executive director in Portland. Competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience. Apply by October 13.
  • Defend Oregon is hiring an outreach organizer in Portland. Salary is commensurate with experience. Position is open until filled. E-mail resume and cover letter to
  • OHSU Foundation is hiring a director of development in the School of Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology in Portland. Salary is commensurate with experience. Position is open until filled. Please forward a resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to:

From PR Jobs online:

Director of Marketing & Public Relations: Portland

St. Mary’s Academy in downtown Portland is seeking a marketing/public relations director.

Some duties to include:

  • Designing a school-wide marketing strategy seeking out new opportunities for exposure, community involvement and leadership.
  • This position also includes project management of all marketing materials, news releases and media relations.
  • Technology and the maintenance and cultivation of dynamic communication and social marketing skills are important.
  • Manage advertising placement throughout appropriate media.

Salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits. Position is open until filled.

For the full job description and how to apply click here.

Metro (Portland) Seeks Public Affairs Specialist

Metro is seeking an Associate Public Affairs Specialist in Communications

The Associate Public Affairs Specialist supports communications activities across all Metro departments and independently develops and coordinates assigned policy and planning-related communication activities. The person in this position develops, writes and edits content for the Metro web site, print and electronic publications, and social networking sites; produces newsletters, presentations and event materials; plans and implements stakeholder, community and media engagement; advises project teams about communication issues; provides centralized coordination of several of Metro’s communication tools and work systems; and supports Metro’s intranet and online calendar.

Minimum Requirements: A Bachelor’s Degree in a communications field and two year of experience in public affairs or communications; or any combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills and ability required to perform the job.

Deadline for general recruitment is September 1, 2009.

For full job posting and to apply, go here:

Marketing/Sales Representative: Los Angeles, CA

Insurance Brokerage firm is seeking an outgoing and driven candidate to travel the California area as a marketing representative. This position will be based out of their LA office, building business to business relationships. There will be great growth potential and advancement opportunities.

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree; preferably in Marketing, Communications, Business or Public Relations. Must also possess an outgoing personality and sales aptitude. Some sales or customer service experience is helpful.

  • Salary: 50k
  • Full Benefits
  • Travel expenses

For more information or to apply contact Marla Fruit at

Interested in Weather & Water?


  • Would you like to assist Emergency and Water Managers in making critical decisions?
  • Are you excited about using the latest technologies like radar, satellites, computers and advanced models?
  • Would you like to work in the expanding area of water resources forecasting?
  • Does helping to save lives and property during flood events interest you?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service Office in Spokane, Washington may have a position for you as a Service Hydrologist Position.

Here are a handful of duties:

  • Is responsible for evaluating and making recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the WFO/supported WFO hydrologic program.
  • Preparing, issuing and providing quality control over the preliminary river and flood forecasts, as well as adaptive stage and flood forecasts.
  • Alerting the Meteorologist In Charge (MIC) of deficiencies in products or procedures.
  • Instructing and training other WFO personnel in operational aspects of the hydrology program.
  • Managing the flash flood program for the WFO.
  • Supervising the hydrological data acquisition network.
  • Participating in the Community Preparedness and Outreach Programs.

For a full job listing, go to: and search for Job Announcement Number:  NWS-WR-2009-0172

Interested in Higher Education?

Not necessarily grad school, but to work?  Are you still in the vicinity of the Pacific Northwest?  Consider checking out the following position at North Idaho College:

Student Union Manager

  • Provides direct management of the Edminster Student Union programs, services and self-sustaining operations including reservations, event services, custodial services, night and weekend operations, newsstands, ticket office, activity center, maintenance and preventative maintenance issues, safety issues, and emergency response.
  • Responsible for the selection and supervision of full time custodial staff and other part time and student support staff.
  • Directly involved in facility scheduling and planning for all events occurring in the Student Union including scheduling, organizing, staffing, accessing AV needs and directing setup and cleanup of each event.

For full job description and how to apply, go here.

$3,144 – $3,775 per month to start. Excellent benefits, including retirement. 100% of full-time.

Hot Communication Leads in Portland


Just as the summer is heating up throughout the Pacific Northwest (it’s hotter in Seattle/Portland than Spokane today!), I wanted to forward along a few job leads that have come into the Career Center recently. If you are job

hunting in Portland in the field of communications/non-profit or public relations, check them out!

  • The Washington County Visitors Association is hiring a temporary part-time marketing assistant. Hourly salary is $10-$14, depending on experience. Apply by July 31.  For the job listing go here. For the Association’s site, go here:
  • Legacy Health is seeking a part-time communications specialist to lead internal communications planning. This limited duration position is in NW Portland and not expected to extend beyond 4th quarter 2011. Hourly salary is $22.34 – $33.37. Visit Legacy Jobs and search job number 09-0770.
  • The Oregon Department of Revenue is hiring a communications managerMonthly salary is $4,670 – $6,889. Position closes July 31.
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