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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

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

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 http://portlandoregon.gov/parks/treeinventory 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 https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/424029  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, angie.disalvo@portlandoregon.gov 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.