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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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BDS Career Opportunities

New BDS Employees - September and October

The bureau continues to recruit and hire new employees at an unprecedented pace. Between September 1 and October 30, 2015, fourteen new employees have been hired. The Inspection Services, Land Use Services, and Plan Review & Permitting Services Divisions filled these positions:

  • Building Inspector II
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  • Code Specialist III
  • Commercial Plans Examiner
  • Development Services Technician II
  • Electrical Inspector (2)
  • Housing Inspector (2)
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Office Support Specialist II
  • Senior City Planner, Land Use Specialty
  • Senior Site Development Inspector
  • Site Development Inspector I
  • Structural Engineer

The total number of employees who are new to BDS since January 1, 2015 is sixty-nine.

Upcoming Recruitments

Recruitments planned for November and December 2015:

  • Building Inspector II
  • Development Services Technician II
  • Development Services Technician III
  • Senior Electrical Inspector
  • Plumbing Inspector

Recruitments planned for early 2016:

  • Senior Housing Inspector
  • Senior Building Inspector 

Tune-In to BDS Job Opportunities

  • The City’s Online Employment Center lists BDS and other bureau’s current job announcements. 
  • City recruitments are posted online Monday mornings, so mark your calendar to browse the City’s Job Opportunities every week. 
  • Information Sessions are hosted for all BDS recruitments.  All people interested in working at BDS are welcome to attend any of these sessions that are designed to help applicants learn more about the job and about the City’s application process. Look in the “Additional Information” of each BDS job posting for “Optional Information Sessions”.
  • Additional career opportunities will arise as employees are promoted, transfer to new positions, or retire, so STAY CONNECTED. Sign up for City of Portland Job Interest Notifications, and check in on the BDS Career Opportunities. 

Build Your BDS Career

To learn more about BDS jobs, qualifications, or other BDS career information, please contact Adrienne Edwards in the bureau’s Administrative Services Division. Adrienne can provide an overview of BDS careers, upcoming recruitments, and connect you with appropriate staff who can provide information about specific BDS jobs. All interested persons are encouraged to contact the Bureau of Development Services for more information. Adrienne Edwards can be reached at: or 503-823-4163.