GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
The Water Bureau is a recognized leader in the utility industry. We've achieved this success by investing in the very best people and empowering them to find new and better ways to meet our customer's needs.
The Water Bureau currently employs approximately 560 people. All current job postings with the City of Portland are posted online, and updated weekly. We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Current Jobs Available at the Water Bureau
|Position||Emp. Type||Salary||Closing Date|
|Senior Risk Specialist||Full Time||$5,496.00 - $7,330.00 Monthly||Fri. 09/11/15 4:30 PM Pacific Time|
|Administrative Assistant||Full Time||$4,106.00 - $6,324.00 Monthly||Fri. 09/18/15 4:30 PM Pacific Time|
|Customer Service Supervisor||Full Time||$5,773.00 - $7,708.00 Monthly||Mon. 09/21/15 4:30 PM Pacific Time|
Learn More about the Water Bureau
For more information on jobs at the Water Bureau, contact the Water Administrative Manager at 503-823-1956 or by e-mail.
Join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for Aquifer Adventure, a pirate-themed festival all about groundwater.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Free! No registration is required.
Adjacent to the Portland Water Bureau Groundwater Pump Station
NE 166th at Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230
- Follow signs for parking -
This annual event focuses on groundwater protection and water conservation, including tips and tools for use at home. Groundwater from the Columbia South Shore Well Field serves as a secondary drinking water supply for Portland and much of the metro region. Groundwater is an important resource that makes Portland’s water system resilient to drought and extreme weather conditions now and into the future. This summer and fall, water from the Columbia South Shore Well Field is helping to keep Portland’s gardens growing and businesses bustling despite unusually hot and dry conditions across the region.
Enjoy hands-on activities for all ages including a treasure hunt and aquifers made of ice cream. Plus free t-shirts for the kids while supplies last.
All activities at the event are free with the exception of food items for purchase. Pirate dress, pirate lingo, and pirate swagger are highly encouraged.
Additional information is available at www.columbiaslough.org.
This includes the Customer Service Walk-In Service Center located on the first floor at 1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, Oregon.
During the holiday, Water Bureau customers are invited to pay their bill in the following ways:
Customers are reminded to contact 503-823-7525 with questions regarding water quality or pressure. To report a water system emergency, contact the 24/7 Emergency Hotline at 503-823-4874.
In the Fall 2015 statement, customers will find a newsletter highlighting the Water Bureau’s new director, the Portland Utility Board, monthly statements and paperless billing, how the Water Bureau’s working to prepare the water system for an earthquake, and more!
The Fall 2015 Customer Newsletter, along with the Winter, Spring, and Summer newsletters, can be accessed on the Water Bureau’s website.
Hired to the City in 1978, David worked his first 25 years in the Bureau of Human Resources, primarily in Labor Relations. He was responsible for negotiating each of the City's collective bargaining agreements multiple times. David ended his tenure there as the City's Labor Relations Manager in 2003.
"I cannot describe how proud I am to have worked for the Portland Water Bureau these last 10 years,” says David. “My entire career at the City of Portland has been incredibly fulfilling and rewarding, but these last 10 years have been the most special.”
In 2004, he joined Commissioner Randy Leonard's staff as a policy advisor.
One year later, David was appointed Interim Administrator of the Portland Water Bureau and then appointed permanently in July 2006.
For the past 10 years, David served in that capacity, dedicated to delivering “the best drinking water in the world” to the Portland metropolitan area, keeping needs and desires of customers in the forefront of thoughts and actions, using ratepayer dollars wisely, and protecting the natural environment so its benefits were available to meet today and future generation’s needs.
While there were some bumps and frustrations along the way, David can easily say that he regarded time at the Water Bureau as “challenging, rewarding, and fulfilling.”
“I am most proud of the efforts the bureau has made toward preparing for a major seismic event,” says David. “While we can do more, we have hardened at least one conduit coming from the Bull Run Watershed into town including the Sandy River Crossing; we have built and are designing new terminal storage reservoirs that are intended to function even after “the big one”; we are designing a new crossing under the river to address the probability that several of our older crossings will fail; and we have built the necessary facilities (the EOC and Interstate Warehouse and office buildings) to protect the safety and well-being of our employees and ensure our continuity of operations after a major event. Most recently, I am very proud to have been involved in crafting an historic agreement with the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association regarding how we will maintain, repair, and preserve the reservoirs at Tabor into the future.”