Communications Specialist

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy

100 Red Rock Road, Newport, MN 55055

Annual Salary Range: $59,250.75 – $89,622.08

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy (R&E) is searching for a Communications Specialist. R&E is a joint powers entity formed by Ramsey and Washington Counties. R&E coordinates recycling and waste programs between the two counties (Joint Activities) and owns and operates the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Center (R&E Center) in Newport, Minnesota ( R&E’s vision is vibrant, healthy communities without waste, and R&E accomplishes its mission through partnerships and innovation.

This position reports to the R&E Program Supervisor and will provide communications support to Joint Activities, with a primary focus on a new food scraps pickup program (FSPP) available to all residents in Ramsey and Washington Counties.

This is professional work including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Work collaboratively with Ramsey and Washington County outreach and communications staff and with R&E contractors, in developing and implementing joint communications strategies to ensure common language, coordinated messages, and appropriate communication tools and timing.
  • Coordinate internal R&E communications, including working on development of R&E Board and committee documents, maintaining files and communication channels, facilitating internal staff communications, and facilitating communications with county staff working on FSPP.
  • Work with county and R&E staff, develop strategic partnerships with public, private, and non-profit organizations to enhance efforts in communicating about food scrap recycling.
  • Collaborate with county and R&E staff, as well as numerous stakeholders, to develop and implement effective communications plans, strategies, and materials to promote program and related activities, including using community engagement strategies to collect community input, develop relationships, and guide future program changes.
  • Coordinate involvement in special events, media relations, presence on the internet and other electronic media, mass mailings, annual reports, signage, and other informational and promotional documents.
  • Produce informational products by working with outside vendors to ensure quality, plain language, accuracy, and tone. Ensure translation of materials. Arrange for the appropriate distribution of materials in collaboration with staff from the two counties.
  • Collaborate with county and R&E staff and various stakeholders to raise awareness of food waste and increase participation in food waste prevention work and FSPP.
  • Collaborate with staff from R&E and both counties to identify opportunities to advance progress on R&E goals.
  • Coordinate with R&E outreach and communications program coordinator to ensure FSPP aligns with broader communications plans and standards.
  • Gather information and evaluate data to assemble a variety of reports, charts or manuals and conduct research on special projects.

Preferred Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in communications, behavioral sciences, journalism, marketing, education, business administration, public administration, or a closely related field.

Experience: Four years’ experience in communications, education, marketing, community engagement, program coordination, project management, contract management, public sector service delivery, or a closely related field. Preference given for relative experience in solid waste management and environmental fields.

Substitution: A master’s degree in any of the above fields may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

A valid Class D driver’s license is required.

Education:  Associate degree in similar areas as above.

Experience:  Two years of experience in similar areas as above. Preference given for relative experience in solid waste management and environmental fields.

A detailed job description can be found here: Communications Specialist

Position open until filled. Applicants should respond promptly as the initial review of applications and supplemental questions will occur on March 4, 2024.

To Apply:

To apply for an R&E job, all of the following are required to be completed.

  1. Complete the job application
  2. Thoroughly answer all Supplemental Questions
  3. Send job application and supplemental questions to Human Resources by emailing completed application and supplemental questions to

The job description and supplemental questions are both fillable-PDFs. Learn how to use fillable PDFs. You may also print the application and supplemental questions and complete them.

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, public assistance or national origin.