Public Information Officer 1

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Public Information Officer 1 - 20063069 (190000R3) 

Job Duties

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) mission is to ensure a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all.

For more information regarding Ohio Department of Natural Resources please click on the following link: Department of Natural Resources.

The responsibilities of a Public Information Officer 1 include:

Plans and directs the Internal Communications Program for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Office of Communications; coordinates activities associated with the development, preparation and dissemination of education, information, activities and/or events related to the communication with ODNR staff (e.g., develops, prepares, types, proofs and issues news releases); outlines audiences and designs appropriate strategies to reach them and develop partnerships to enhance communications and staff involvement; performs related program activities (e.g., develops, and prepares materials, interviews staff members, conducts field visits); maintains and updates ODNR intranet website and/or social media site; responds to ODNR staff inquiries (e.g., email, written correspondence, social media); composes, edits, publishes, markets and performs lay-out work on communication material (e.g., newsletters, news releases, articles, brochures, publications, maps); develops and presents information and educational displays, programs, materials and/or presentations to ODNR staff; coordinates program related activities with division/office contacts; coordinates ODNR staff related special projects on behalf of the Director.

Advises and consults with Director and other senior staff (e.g., executive staff, division/office chiefs and senior leadership) regarding programmatic policies, procedures and overall program direction to ensure programmatic goals and objectives are being met; acts as point of contact on internal communications related matters and serves as program liaison between ODNR administration and various ODNR division/office internal communication coordinators and/or representatives; respond to written and/or telephone requests  for information, materials  and/or presentations; delivers speeches and gives presentations on the benefits and organizational impact of an effective internal communications program.

Sets up conferences and coordinates arrangements (e.g., date and time, location and equipment for interview) with media; recommends appropriate experts to interview on a specific topic; evaluates development, preparation and dissemination information.

UNUSUAL WORKING CONDITIONS: May work evenings or weekends; may travel overnight.


Completion of undergraduate core program in journalism or communication; 6 months experience in public multi-media techniques and relations in field of journalism or communication; valid driver's license.

-Or 30 months experience in field of journalism or communication dealing in public multi-media techniques and relations, public speaking, news writing, reporting and editing or technical report translation and communication dealing in public meetings; valid driver's license.

-Or 12 months experience as Public Information Specialist, 64420; valid driver's license.

-Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.

Knowledge of: journalism (e.g., newswriting, reporting, editing); budgeting; supervisory principles/techniques*; public relations; agency policies and procedures (ODNR and Division)*; government structure and process (local, state, federal)*; humanities (communications) (e.g., multi-media techniques).

Skill in: word processing (Microsoft Office Suite:  Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Adobe Creative Suite), equipment operation (personal computer, photocopier/fax, projector, vehicles);

Ability to: deal with many variables and determine specific action; add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers; prepare and deliver speeches to specialized audiences and general public; originate and/or edit articles for publication; gather, collate and classify information about date, people or things, handle sensitive inquiries from and contacts with officials and general public.

          *  Developed after employment

COMPETENCIES: Communicating with People Outside the Organization; Getting Information; Communication with Supervisors, Peers, and Subordinates

Effective July 1, 2015 applicants must apply online for positions at all state agencies except the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).

The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position. An individual assessment of an applicant's prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.

STATUS OF POSTED POSITIONS: Applicants can view the status of this position by logging into their user profile on the Ohio Hiring Management System [OHMS] Home page at the following link, and selecting "My Profile".


- Selection devices, proficiency testing and/or assessments may be used to determine if an applicant meets and is proficient in the minimum qualifications for this position.

Applicants may attach the following document types:

  • Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx)
  • PDF (.pdf), •Plain Text (.txt)
  • Rich Text (.rtf).

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