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BPS is looking for a new City Hall Garden Manager

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is filling a part-time position to manage the Better Together Garden at Portland City Hall. The Better Together Garden was created in 2009 as a demonstration garden to inspire Portlanders to grow their own food and to donate their surplus to those lacking access to nutritious produce.


About the position

The City Hall Garden Manager will oversee operations of the Better Together Garden at Portland City Hall. This part-time position will have full responsibility in planning crop rotation; procuring seeds, starts, and tools; planting; weeding; maintaining infrastructure; coordinating with other bureaus as needed; harvesting and donating produce; interacting with members of the public; and performing other tasks to keep the garden productive and attractive throughout the year. This position has full authority and discretion over caring for the garden and works largely unsupervised, though the supervisor will assist the gardener in securing reimbursements and other logistical matters. General upkeep of the garden will comprise approximately 60 percent of this position’s time. 

This position will also work with nonprofit service providers to continue and further develop programming that could include produce donation, career training experiences, educational activities, and other programs with youth experiencing homelessness and other populations as the gardener and nonprofit partners see fit. The gardener will harvest and donate produce to nonprofit partners as well as plan and lead workdays with clients. Programming with nonprofit service providers will comprise approximately 30 percent of this position’s time, and planning and program development with the supervisor and nonprofit partners will comprise approximately 10 percent of this position’s time. 

About the Bureau

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland's livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future. We are committed to advancing equity as a means of achieving prosperous, healthy, resilient communities. BPS values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization. BPS encourages candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities to apply.

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This is a casual, part-time position with the City of Portland and is budgeted for an average 3 hours per week, with seasonal fluctuation, at $18 per hour. This position includes a stipend for materials, tools, and other job-related purchases. Casual appointments are not benefits-eligible.

How to apply

Please send a resume and cover letter that includes your relevant experience, qualifications, and interest to by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2019. You will be contacted thereafter to notify you whether or not you have been selected for an interview.

Candidates with experience working with people from a variety of different social, cultural, and economic backgrounds should include that information in their application materials. Although not required, BPS encourages candidates that can fluently speak more than one language to include that information in your application materials.

If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veteran's Administration Letter stating your disability by e-mail along with your resume and cover letter. You must request Veteran's Preference AND include a copy of your documentation by the closing date listed above. Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application.

It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made no later than the closing date of this announcement