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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Careers at the Bureau of Development Services

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) has career opportunities, and we hope that you will consider joining our professional team. 

The Mission of BDS is to promote safety, livability and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes. Our values include: dedication to serving the public; pride in our work; care for the long-term viability of our community; recognition of worth, quality and importance of each employee and member of the community; and support of continual learning, education and innovation.  

BDS CareersWe Need Good People

To accomplish our mission, we need dedicated and creative employees who are engaged and motivated to help us succeed. Over the next several months, BDS will be recruiting for several positions. 

What do we do?

Development review is an evaluation of how land is used and how buildings are designed and constructed. Planners use the Zoning Code as a tool to determine the use of land and characteristics of buildings, while plan reviewers and engineers use Building Codes to determine safe and acceptable construction methods. BDS staff along with other City of Portland Bureau staff are involved with development review. We help to make Portland a beautiful and safe city to live, work, and play. 

Our Current Hiring Needs

We are currently recruiting for a Structural Engineer to perform plan review (closing date March 17, 2014) and an Information Systems Technical Analyst IV/Vertical GIS (closing date also March 17, 2014). 

Additional recruitments will be opening soon for many types of positions - from associate planners to office support and program managers, and more.

Get Notified of Job Opportunities

To be notified of upcoming recruitments, you could check the City of Portland’s Employment web page every Monday, and you may sign-up to receive notifications of jobs you are interested in. You may sign-up at this web page: .  

How to Apply

On our BDS Career Opportunities web page, you can read about Helpful Hints - Applying for Jobs, which provides detailed information about the application and interviewing process at BDS.

Where to Learn More…

Applications are accepted only during open recruitments, but we invite you to speak with our staff anytime about BDS career opportunities. Don’t know where to start?  Contact our Training & Development Coordinator, Adrienne Edwards at (503) 823-4163 or  Adrienne is happy to answer questions about BDS careers, the qualifications needed, and how to apply.