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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

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Urban Forestry Seasonal Positions - Apply Today!

Accepting Applications Until 3/19/2018

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 open for "Park Tree Inventory Coordinator" and "Urban Forest Inventory Data Collector."

For further information and to apply, please visit: You may apply to one or both positions simultaneously.


Park Tree Inventory Coordinators represent the Tree Inventory Project, working with volunteers and neighborhood groups to collect and manage data about Portland's trees. For more information, please contact:

Duties will include the following:

  • Conduct Park Tree Inventory workshops with volunteers in Portland neighborhoods. This includes public speaking, training volunteers, organizing logistics, and checking data for accuracy.
  • Collect tree data in Portland parks, including tree identification, measurement, and assessment using mobile ArcGIS.
  • Manage and analyze data in Excel and ArcGIS.

Desired qualifications include:  

  • Tree identification skills, especially non-native trees
  • Experience collecting and maintaining data, especially with mobile devices
  • Experience with ArcGIS and Excel
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Ability to work independently
  • Organization skills and attention to detail
  • Writing and communication skills, including digital outreach and public speaking

Position details: 

  • Work schedule is 40 hours/week and often includes Saturdays and evenings.
  • Position start date May 3, 2018 and runs 5-6 months
  • Starting pay rate is $17/hour.
  • Work site is 10910 N. Denver Ave., Portland, OR 97217



Urban Forest Inventory Data Collectors will provide field support to crew leaders in data collection for the Urban Forest Inventory and Analysis (UFIA), in collaboration with the US Forest Service. For more information, please contact:

Duties will include:

  • Contacting and communicating with property owners; obtaining permissions to collect inventory data on their property.
  • Assisting crew leaders in field 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.
  • Accurately identifying urban ornamental trees, native trees, and invasive plant species.
  • Accurate data recording and management using paper and electronic devices in the field.

Desired Qualifications include:

  • Tree identification skills, native and non-native trees
  • Invasive plant identification skills
  • Signs and symptoms of common pests and pathogens occurring on native and urban ornamental trees in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Experience collecting and maintaining data on paper and mobile electronic devices
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate with stakeholders, effectively and professionally via phone, email, and in-person
  • Experience with ArcGIS and Excel
  • University coursework in forestry, botany, GIS or related subject
  • Work constructively in a team environment

Position details:

  • Work schedule is 40 hours/week, may include evening and weekend work
  • Position start date May 3, 2018 and runs approximately 5 months
  • Starting pay rate is $17/hour.
  • Work site is 10910 N. Denver Ave., Portland, OR 97217

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.

To be considered for one or both positions, please go to:

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