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Public Information Specialist

Posting Begin Date: 2024/06/10
Posting End Date: 2024/06/24
Category: Agriculture
Sub Category: Laboratory
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 25.00
Maximum Salary: 25.00
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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"Serving consumers and agriculture by safeguarding the public, plants, animals and the environment through promotion, education and regulation."

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting a full-time Public Information Specialist. The successful candidate will play a critical role in managing and disseminating information to the public and media. They will develop and implement communication strategies, write and edit press releases, manage social media platforms, and create relevant digital and print content. The ideal candidate will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, be adept at handling sensitive information, and have a strong ability to engage with diverse audiences to enhance the organization's public image and outreach efforts. This position requires occasional travel within Idaho as well as outside the State.

Include a resume and cover letter with your application.

SPECIAL NOTIFICATION: This non-classified position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission.

This announcement will close at 4:59 p.m. on June 24, 2024

Apply today!


· Prepare brochures, web pages, banners, logos, posters, newsletters, ads, presentations, and other materials with direction from the Public Information Officer.

· Collaborate with the communications team and agency subject matter experts to integrate social media into proactive, reactive, and strategic brand and communication strategies.

· Conduct comprehensive market research to identify target audiences and trends to strategically place paid advertisements across various platforms and mediums.

· Remain proficient in current design software programs.

Minimum Qualification: These qualifications are mandatory for the position.

Some knowledge of:

o Organization, structure, and ethics of news media

o Audiovisual production and design techniques to include video productions, still photography, slide shows, or digital graphics

o Writing news releases or preparing general interest news for publication or broadcast

o Researching, composing, designing, and editing informational material

o Interpreting and translating technical or specialized material into information usable by the public

Specialty Qualifications: These qualifications are mandatory requirements.

o Proficient in design software, with demonstrated ability to effectively utilize tools such as Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) or equivalent programs.



We have one of the Nation's best state retirement systems (PERSI) that offers a lifetime benefit.


· Excellent medical, dental and vision insurance

· Generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start

· 11 paid holidays a year

· Paid parental leave

· Multiple retirement savings plans, optional 401K, and optional 457

· Basic life insurance for employee and family (employee covered at one times annual salary; spouse covered at $10,000; child covered at $5,000)

· Ongoing training opportunities

· An opportunity for student loan forgiveness

EEO/ADA/Veteran's Preference

The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities; auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Agriculture!

If you have questions,
please contact us at:
[email protected] or at (208) 332-8520