Program Specialist

Michael Baker International

Seattle, WA, US

Michael Baker International seeks individuals with interest in public policy, community engagement, and natural hazards to serve as a Program Specialist with our Seattle-based team.    Our Community Engagement and Risk Communication contract assists FEMA in collaborating with state, local, and tribal entities to increase the public’s risk awareness, drive action to reduce risk, and help communities become more resilient when confronting natural disasters.  This is an exciting opportunity to work with a national network of risk communications, community outreach, partnership building, hazard mitigation, and engineering experts to tackle multiple hazards, including flood, tsunami, earthquake and wildfire.


Responsibilities include:

•  Support community engagement and resiliency activities associated with FEMA Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP)  projects in direct coordination with our Seattle and DC based-teams;
•  Support a wide variety of communication and mitigation planning activities related to coastal and riverine flooding, levees, tsunami, earthquake, and other natural hazards.
•  Prepare a variety of written materials including communication plans and locally tailored outreach tools and materials, and reports;
•  Work in collaboration with communications professionals, floodplain managers, topographical mapping engineers, emergency managers, and State and local officials;
•  Conduct research and support development of a variety of written materials including communication plans, locally tailored outreach tools and materials, and a variety of reports;
•  Support and execute Risk MAP meeting logistics, such as facility planning, scheduling, RSVP tracking, and meeting minutes;
•  Support project tracking and reporting;
•  Provide meeting facilitation support, under supervision;
•  Provide support to special projects, as needed; and
•  Travel, on a moderate basis, for community engagement within the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.


Required Qualifications:

•  Bachelor’s degree in communications, public policy, planning, geography, or similar field is required.
•  Experience working on watershed, community planning, climate adaptation, engineering, flooding or other natural hazard issues is required.
•  Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with our local team and other teams across the nation is essential.
•  Willingness to work remotely, absent a local Michael Baker International office;
•  Excellent written and verbal communications skills are essential.
•  Willingness to travel frequently within the previously mentioned geographic area.
•  Developed organization skills and ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously.
•  Must be able to obtain a Federal Public Trust Clearance.


•  Previous experience working with FEMA programs.
•  Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM)
•  Spanish language skills.

Primary Location

: US-WA-Seattle