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Elementary Students Demonstrate Appreciation for Bull Run Tour

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Every spring and fall, the Portland Water Bureau’s Education program takes students on field trips to the Bull Run Watershed.

During a typical field trip, students test turbidity, learn how the forest protects the water, and tour the inside of Dam 1. Enjoy these highlights from thank you notes students sent after the fall 2014 field trip season!

It must have been raining while they were conducting turbidity tests—very common in the Bull Run.

This student felt compelled to write a thank you note after hearing all the cool stuff s/he missed.

Once is not enough for Jack!

To learn more about Bull Run Watershed tours and field trips, visit the Water Bureau's Water Resources Education webpage.

The Opportunity: Apply to be the Next Portland Water Bureau Administrator

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The City of Portland is currently recruiting for a highly experienced professional to lead its drinking water utility.

The Portland Water Bureau Administrator, an at-will position, reports to an elected member of the Portland City Council and is responsible for managing a highly capable workforce of over 550 union and non-represented employees. The bureau has over $8 billion in system assets, a proposed annual budget of $212 million and a projected five-year Capital Improvement Program budget of approximately $392 million. 

The successful candidate for this position will possess the experience necessary to provide policy planning, leadership, direction, and operation of the bureau and to manage the Administration Group and oversee the executive management team.

Ideal Candidate Profile

The competitive candidate for the Portland Water Bureau Administrator position will possess the qualifications and competencies identified in the job description and the knowledge, skills, and abilities in the ideal candidate profile.

Anticipated Recruitment Activity Schedule

The recruitment for the Administrator position opens on May 4 and closes at 4:30 p.m. PDT on Monday, June 1. Candidates will be notified of interviews the week of June 8.

It is anticipated that during the week of July 13, selection committee interviews will be held and the finalist will meet with Commissioner Nick Fish. By the first week of August, a job offer is expected to be made contingent on a background check.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a cover letter and professional résumé, specifically focused on qualifications for this position, online at NeoGov

All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 4:30 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment.

E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Questions & Additional Information

  • Contact Lynda Lewis, Bureau of Human Resources Diversity, Outreach, Employment Resources Manager, at 503-823-3514 or by e-mail.

  • Dedicated webpage detailing minimum qualifications, knowledge, skills and abilities, compensation information, and anticipated recruitment schedule

  • Job posting with application instructions, ideal candidate profile, and benefits information

  • Administrator Recruitment Brochure

Join Us for Cycle the Well Field on May 30

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Hop on your bike and join us for this year’s
Cycle the Well Field
A fun, family-friendly event celebrating Portland’s groundwater source

When: Saturday, May 30, 8:45 AM to 1:30 PM
Where: 9920 NE Cascades Parkway, in Portland

The Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council invite you to Cycle the Well Field, a bicycle tour of Portland’s groundwater drinking water source.

The Ride

Water Bureau staff will reveal the mysteries of groundwater as you ride through the city’s Groundwater Protection Area. You’ll learn about how groundwater gives the city flexibility and reliability in its water supply, and how you can help protect this important resource. All participants are required to wear helmets.

Length and Difficulty

The ride is about 16 miles long over relatively flat terrain. We take a slow to moderate pace, with multiple stops and a lunch break. While the ride is relatively flat, please consider its length, busy intersections, and possible headwinds. Ages 12 and older are welcome.

Sign Me Up!

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. To register, sign up online or get in touch with Penny Beckwith at 503-281-1132 or by e-mail.

Lisa Vieno
Water Education

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Water Main Work will Close Northbound Lane of SW Terwilliger Blvd., North of SW Capitol Hwy. this Friday Night

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A contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will work this weekend on the traffic island at SW Terwilliger Boulevard and SW Capitol Highway. The work is scheduled to begin at 8 pm on Friday May 1 and be completed on Saturday May 2.

The northbound lane will be closed for approximately 200 feet and flaggers will direct traffic around the construction zone. The night work is necessary in order to maintain two lane access to Oregon Health Science University hospital during weekdays as required by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. The lane will be open by 7 am.

Motorists and bicyclists are urged to use alternate routes, remember to drive slowly, and exercise caution when traveling in the construction area.

Join Our Team: Engineering Associate - Mechanical

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If you're interested in joining an award-winning public utility where employees thrive on the pride of delivering a life-essential product with world class customer service, the Portland Water Bureau might be just the place for you.

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.

Join our team!

Engineering Associate - Mechanical

Closing Date/Time: Wed. 05/27/15 4:30 PM Pacific Time 
Salary: $29.61 - $39.67 Hourly
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave, Oregon

The Engineering Associate is part of the Business, Industry, and Government (BIG) section of the Water Efficiency work group. This work group is within the Resource Protection and Planning Group of the Water Bureau.

The BIG section provides services to industrial, commercial, and institutional customers of the Portland Water Bureau. Staff in the Water Efficiency work group values providing excellent customer service. Having the skill and ability to positively interact with people is important to the program.

This position provides direct one-on-one services to customers, responding to customer calls and other requests for services. Such services might include: customer site visits to analyze industrial processes, other indoor and outdoor water uses, and cooling tower and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) functions; provide consumption histories by using billing system data; use tools, such as data loggers and flow sensors, to measure water use and try to analyze irregularities in use; and other measures necessary to be responsive to customer requests.

This position will make recommendations in the form of written reports which may include recommendations for process and/or operational changes, fixture changes, and cost/benefit analyses for pay back periods for any changes made. This position may also be called upon to make presentations to community, industry, business, and professional groups and may also be called upon to represent the bureau/city at professional or industry group meetings. Any person with an Engineering in Training certificate or ability pass the State Fundamentals of Engineering exam within nine (9) months and can meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities below is welcome to apply. The knowledge of irrigation systems and equipment is desirable, but not required.

For additional information and to apply for the position, START HERE.

Judi Ranton
Water Conservation