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Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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We're hiring - Seeking field crew leads for an urban natural resource inventory!

The Urban Forestry division of Portland Parks & Recreation has a temporary Botanic Specialist I - Forestry Specialty opportunity open to any interested applicants

Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry (PP&R UF) manages the city’s urban forest, which includes developing tree policies and programs, monitoring and assessing the urban forest, issuing tree permits, responding to tree emergencies, and fostering stewardship. PP&R UF is seeking two six-month temporary Botanic Specialist I - Forestry Specialty to conduct an urban tree inventory.

These positions will serve as crew leads for Portland’s Urban Forest Inventory and Analysis (UFIA) in collaboration with the US Forest Service. These positions will train and lead assistant crew members.

This position’s essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Complete training locally and outside of Oregon in order to attain UFIA certification on data collection protocol.
  • Perform project planning, including scheduling and executing field data collection. This requires contacting property owners for permission to access properties.
  • Locate and navigate to plot sites using GPS unit, compass, aerial photographs, and topographic maps.
  • Lead and train crew members in data collection, including land use type, land use boundaries, mapping tree locations, identification and assessment of tree species and size, understory vegetation, soil type, and ground cover type.
  • Accurately identify urban ornamental trees, native trees, understory vegetation, and invasive plant species.
  • Manage data uploads and documents in a confidential and secure manner.

This position will work regularly outdoors and requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over uneven terrain; recurring bending and crouching; and recurring moving, lifting and carrying of moderately heavy items.

The following minimum qualifications are preferred:

Knowledge of:

  1. Biology, physiology, and ecology of urban ornamental and native trees in the Pacific Northwest.
  2. Signs and symptoms of common pests and pathogens occurring on native and urban ornamental trees in the Pacific Northwest.
  3. Damage agents common to urban trees, including but not limited to abiotic factors and human activities.
  4. Forestry field techniques and data collection protocols.
  5. GIS software and hardware.

 Ability to:

  1. Use and interpret topographic maps, aerial photographs, satellite imagery, compass, and GPS units.
  2. Independently plan and implement assignments and resolve problems.
  3. Communicate orally and in writing with a wide range of stakeholders.
  4. Exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with difficult or sensitive situations, issues, and people.
  5. Work constructively in a team environment.

Details for this position:

  • Type of appointment – Full-Time, Temporary Botanic Specialist I - Forestry specialty
  • Reporting Location – East Delta Park, Urban Forestry headquarters, 10910 N Denver Ave, Portland, OR 97217
  • Schedule – 40 hours / week may include evening and weekend work
  • Pay range is $27.83 - $35.53 per hour
  • Duration – 6 months, March to October

For further information, contact Angie DiSalvo ( 503-823-4484).

To apply: If you are interested in a temporary appointment of six months as a Botanic Specialist I - Forestry specialty, please email a cover letter and resume to Margaret Evans at

Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm.