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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 2019 Seasonal Positions

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Urban Forestry Seasonal Positions - Apply Today!

Accepting applications until 3/18/2019

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 Seasonal Elm Monitor.  For more information and to apply, please visit You may apply to one or both positions simultaneously.

Required for all positions;

  • Valid driver's license and acceptable driving record,
  • Must pass a criminal background check,
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

To apply, please go to and search for Urban Forestry.

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 8, 2019 and runs 5-6 months
  • Starting pay rate is $17/hour
  • Work site is 10910 N Denver Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97217

The Seasonal Elm Monitor works closely with the public to answer questions and conducts field monitoring, sampling, and data collection to control the spread of Dutch elm disease in the city. 

Duties will include the following:

  • 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.
  • Collect tree data, including tree identification, measurement, and assessment using mobile ArcGIS.

Desired qualifications:

  • Tree identification skills, especially non-native trees
  • Experience collecting and maintaining data, especially with mobile devices
  • Experience with ArcGIS and Excel
  • Experience working with the public
  • 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, Monday - Friday
  • Position start date May 16, 2019 and runs 5 months
  • Starting pay rate is $17/hour.
  • Work site is 10910 N Denver Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97217


TREE ESTABLISHER (Seasonal Maintenance Worker)

Multiple positions are also open for Tree Establishers under the Seasonal Maintenance Worker (SMW) job classification. Work begins in early May and continues until mid-October. Pay starts at $14.64/hour. Read the SMW position description here. Once you have submitted your application, contact the Operations Supervisor, Larry Maginnis, at to ensure that your application reaches Urban Forestry.

 An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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.