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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

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Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Now Hiring 2020 Seasonal Positions

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Urban Forestry Seasonal Positions - Apply Today!

Accepting applications until 2/24/2020

Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry is now hiring seasonal staff to work with our Outreach and Science team. Join a fun and collaborative group that works with people and trees. There are multiple positions available to assist with our tree monitoring and tree planting programs, with a focus on expanding urban canopy in historically under-served areas. Applicants may be placed on a list to fill future vacancies.  

For more information and to apply, please see the posting on the City of Portland Jobs website here. 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.

These positions will regularly work outdoors in all weather conditions; requires long periods of driving, standing and walking over uneven terrain; and lifting and carrying items up to 30 pounds.

Urban Forestry Outreach and Science Assistant (one position available)
This position provides support to a variety of Urban Forestry projects including: field checks for tree permit compliance, entering and organizing tree data, and providing event support. This position will research permits, contact permit holders, and visit sites to determine if trees were planted as required.

Duties will include the following:

  • Research tree permit requirements using the city's databases and compile findings into Excel
  • Visit permitting sites throughout Portland to collect data on trees using a mobile device, including compliance with planting and location requirements, tree health assessment, tree identification, and tree measurement
  • Contact permit recipients to coordinate monitoring visits, conduct a phone survey, and answer questions
  • Manage data and inspection records in Excel and ArcGIS
  • Provide administrative support for Urban Forestry programs, including data entry, file archiving, and research on Heritage Tree records
  • Provide occasional support at events and other duties as assigned

Desired qualifications include:  

  • Basic knowledge of tree identification and biology
  • Experience collecting and maintaining data, especially with mobile devices
  • Experience with ArcGIS and Excel
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in both office and field
  • Organization skills and attention to detail
  • Communication and customer service skills

Position details:   

  • Dates: Position runs from March - September 2020 (approximately 7 months)
  • Hours: Monday - Friday; 7:00am - 3:30pm and will include occasional Saturdays
  • Starting pay rate is $17.50/hour
  • Work site is 10910 N Denver Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97217

Tree Giveaway Assistant (two positions available)
Urban Forestry gives away free trees for planting in yards at large events each fall. These positions will support all aspects of the Yard Tree Giveaway program. In summer, trees from past events will be visited and monitored to assess tree health, planting, and survival. In fall, event preparation for 2020 giveaways will include event organization, registration support, and customer service. This position represents the program to the public, works closely with volunteers and tree recipients, and is responsible for collecting and managing tree data.

Duties will include the following:

  • Collect tree monitoring data on sites throughout Portland using a mobile app, including tree health assessment, identification, and measurement
  • Contact tree recipients by phone, text, and email to coordinate monitoring visits and answer questions
  • Conduct outreach and tabling to promote tree giveaway registration
  • Assist with event organization, including logistics, registrations, customer service, volunteer training, and problem solving
  • Assist with running events including setup, tear down and leading volunteers
  • Assist with tree loading, tree delivery, and tree planting

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience collecting and maintaining data, especially using mobile devices, Excel, and ArcGIS
  • Organization skills and attention to detail in order to map routes and track sites visited
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in both office and field
  • Customer service and communication skills with diverse audiences
  • Basic knowledge of tree identification and biology

Position details:

  • Dates: Position runs from Mid-June - November 2020 (approximately 6 months)
  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday; 7:00am - 3:30pm (occasional evenings and extended hours will be required on event days)
  • Starting pay rate is $17.50/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 $15.21/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.

Adult Crew Leader - Youth Conservation Crew (Community Service Aide II)

Inspire the next generation of conservation leaders through environmental career exposure, job skills, interpersonal skills, and community building. As a Youth Conservation Crew Leader, you will mentor and supervise 6 youth ages 14-19 from diverse backgrounds as they complete important work in our natural areas, build job and life skills, and earn a paycheck. Read the position description here, and see this website for more information on the YCC program:

About Urban Forestry

Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry's mission is to manage and ensure Portland's urban forest infrastructure for current and future generations. Our urban forest consists of over 220,000 street trees, 1.2 million park trees, and innumerable private property trees. Urban Forestry is involved in managing or regulating all of these trees to differing degrees- creating and implementing the city's Urban Forest Management Plan, fostering community tree awareness and stewardship, developing tree policies and programs, monitoring and assessing the urban forest, issuing permits for planting, pruning, and removal of all public and some private trees, and responding to tree emergencies.
The City of Portland, Oregon is a growing and diverse city of 609,000 residents, nearly 20% of whom speak languages other than English at home. The successful candidate will have experience working with people from diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Portland Parks & Recreation values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization. PP&R encourages applications from candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities. Although not required, PP&R encourages candidates that can fluently speak another language to include that information in their resume. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. 

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.

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 on the job posting no later than the closing date of this announcement.