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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Now Hiring Urban Forestry Seasonal Staff

Updated April 3, 2017: This recruitment is now closed.

Urban Forestry Seasonal Positions – Now Hiring
Applications accepted until positions are filled. Priority given to applicants who apply by March 17, 2017.

Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry is seeking seasonal staff to work with its outreach and science group conducting work with tree inventory, monitoring, and stewardship activities. Multiple positions are available and work falls in multiple programs. Duties may include any of the following:

  • Conduct parks tree inventory workshops with volunteers in Portland neighborhoods. This includes public speaking, training volunteers, organizing logistics, and checking data for accuracy.
  • Collect tree data, including tree identification, measurement, and assessment using mobile ArcGIS.
  • Monitor Portland’s 2,000+ elm population for symptoms of Dutch elm disease. Requires travel throughout the city, visual inspection for symptoms, and recording inspection results.
  • Maintain tree inspection records, collect samples and send for lab analysis, and work with City tree inspectors and property owners during the removal of infected trees.
  • Manage and analyze data in Excel and ArcGIS.
  • Plan and implement tree stewardship activities for communities throughout Portland, including tree pruning, planting, maintenance, and education days.
  • Provide training, technical assistance and support to volunteers interested in leading urban forestry stewardship projects in their communities.
  • Administrative support duties for urban forestry programs, including data entry.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position logistics:

  • Work schedule is 32 hours/week and often includes Saturdays.
  • Earliest position start date is May 4 and typical duration is 5-6 months.
  • Starting pay rate is $16.50/hour.
  • Work site is 10910 N. Denver Ave., Portland, OR 97217

For program details, visit the following:

Desired qualifications:

  • Tree identification skills, especially non-native trees
  • Experience collecting and maintaining data, especially with mobile devices
  • Experience with ArcGIS and Excel
  • Ability to work independently
  • Organization skills and attention to detail
  • Writing and communication skills, including report writing and public speaking
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • University coursework in forestry, GIS, botany, or related subject

Required for All Positions: Valid driver's license and acceptable driving record, must pass a criminal background check, and must be at least 18 years of age.

Application procedure: Applications accepted until positions are filled. Priority given to applicants who apply by March 17, 2017.

Send the following items to Julie Fukuda, CSA II, via email to

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter that includes availability from May through November 2017
  3. List of three professional references

For questions, email or call Julie at 971-337-7437. Candidates selected for interviews will be notified by March 22. Applications received later than March 17, 2017 will be considered in the next review, if necessary.

If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veteran’s Administration letter stating your disability to your profile. You must request Veteran’s Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for. Veteran’s Preference documentation must be submitted with your application.

Portland Parks & Recreation values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization.  PP&R encourages candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities to apply. PP&R encourages candidates that can fluently speak more than one language.

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 to the contact named above no later than the closing date of this announcement.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Portland Parks & Recreation is also recruiting seven Youth Conservation Crew Leaders for the 2017 summer season. For more information, please refer to the Adult Crew Leader Application