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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry News and Activities 

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Speak for the trees! Join Portland Urban Forestry Commission

Portland Urban Forestry Commission

Urban Forestry Commission members generally spend about 6 to 12 hours per month on Commission-related issues. This includes about 4 hours for the monthly meeting, 2-6 hours for committee meetings, and 2 hours per month at other tree-related events. Each Urban Forestry Commission member is expected to serve on or chair at least one committee.

Applications are available on the Office of Neighborhood Involvement website. The Urban Forestry Commission accepts applications at any time and encourages interested persons to apply. If there is no vacancy, an application is held until one comes up. The occurrence of a vacancy triggers a review of the full pool of applications and the selection of individuals to interview. When the Recruitment & Nominations Committee selects a candidate, their name is forwarded to the Parks Bureau Commissioner-in-Charge, who then recommends the nominee to the Mayor and City Council. The official appointment is made by the Mayor, for a 4-year term.

We encourage people of color, individuals from underserved communities, and practicing arborists to apply.

Join the Urban Forestry Team

Urban Forestry Seasonal Positions – Now Hiring
Applications accepted until March 10, 2015
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Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry is seeking seasonal staff to work with its science and policy group conducting tree inventory and monitoring activities.

 Tree Inventory Coordinator (multiple positions)

  • Conduct street tree inventory workshops with volunteers in Portland neighborhoods. This includes public speaking, training volunteers, organizing logistics, and      checking data for accuracy.
  • Collect street tree inventory data, including tree identification, measurement, and assessment using paper forms and mobile ArcGIS.
  • Analyze data and write reports on inventory findings.
  • Visit for project details.
  • Work schedule is Tuesday through Saturday from 7 am to 3:30 pm.
  • Position start date is May 7 and duration is approximately 6 months.
  • Pay rate is $15.50/hour.

Elm Monitor (one position)

  • Monitor Portland’s 2,000+ elm population for symptoms of Dutch elm disease. Requires travel throughout the city, visual inspection for symptoms, and recording inspection results.
  • Maintain inspection records, collect samples and send for lab analysis, and work with City inspectors and property owners during the removal of infected trees.
  • Collect tree data, including identification, measurement, and assessment using mobile ArcGIS.
  • Visit  for project details.
  • Work schedule is Monday through Friday from 7 am to 3:30 pm.
  • Position start date is June 4 and duration is approximately 4 months.
  • Pay rate is $15.50/hour.

 Desirable qualifications:

  • Tree identification skills, especially non-native trees
  • Experience collecting and maintaining data, especially with mobile devices
  • Experience with ArcGIS and Excel
  • Ability to work independently
  • Organization skills
  • Writing and communication skills, including report writing and public speaking
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • University coursework in forestry, GIS, botany, or related subjects

Required for All Positions: Valid driver's license and acceptable driving record, must pass a criminal background check, and must be at least 18 years of age.

Application procedure: Applications accepted until March 10. Send resume, cover letter, and list of three references via email to Angie DiSalvo, Botanic Specialist, 503-823-4484. Please specify which position(s) you are applying for in your cover letter. Candidates selected for interviews will be notified by March 17.

Learn Fruit Tree Maintenance and Pruning

East Delta Park Orchard Maintenance Workshop

When: Friday, February 20 9 am - noon  
Where: East Delta Park Orchard at 10910 N. Denver Ave.

Click here to register!  This popular event is limited to the first 10 participants

Learn winter fruit tree maintenance alongside Certified Arborists. Particpants will learn different types of fruit tree pruning - such as open vase and central leader - and put their skills to the test under an arborist's guidance. Additional activities include training with weights, mulching, and planting.

The East Delta Park Orchard is home to 55 diverse fruit and nut trees, from the traditional apples, pears, and cherries to paw paws, persimmons, jujubes, mulberries, and medlars.Most trees were planting in 2010. 

Valentines for Tree Lovers

Bring the kids to this family friendly event

When: Saturday, February 14 10:00 am - noon  
Where: St Johns Community Center

Click here to register!

Bring your little tree lovers to this family friendly event. Kids (and adults) will create Valentines for neighbors with trees, thanking them for their loving care and maintenance of these important members of the neighborhood! Valentines can be taken back to participants' neighborhoods and distributed, or join us for a tree walk to distribute them in St. Johns. 

10 am - 11:00 Valentine making and tree-centric crafts
11:00-noon Tree Walk and Valentine drop off in St Johns