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If you're interested in joining an award-winning public utility where employees thrive on the pride of delivering a life-essential product with world class customer service, the Portland Water Bureau might be just the place for you.
The Water Bureau is a recognized leader in the utility industry. We've achieved this success by investing in the very best people and empowering them to find new and better ways to meet our customer's needs.
The Water Bureau currently employs approximately 560 people. All current job postings with the City of Portland are posted online, and updated weekly. We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
|Position||Emp. Type||Salary||Closing Date/Time||Join Our Team|
|Laboratory Analytical Specialist||Full Time||$27.68 - $36.76 Hourly||Mon. 9/4/17 4:30 PM Pacific Time||Apply Here!|
All completed applications for this position must be submitted by the closing time on the closing date and hour of this recruitment. Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.
For more information regarding career opportunities at the Water Bureau, contact (503) 823-3515 or e-mail.
Have you heard? Apparently, there’s a solar eclipse happening on Monday.
Some call it the apocalypse. Others are naming their babies after it. When a total solar eclipse happened in 2015, Zayne Malik left One Direction. We’re not saying that's the entire cause of One Direction’s demise (only 80–90 percent, we think), but it is still very important that you prepare yourself for what madness Monday may bring.
From traffic jams to gas shortages to calling in the Oregon National Guard, the amount of news coverage of the upcoming celestial event has overshadowed (heh, get it?) any other news story in the last several weeks.
But there’s a few more things we’d like to cram into your brain about this otherworldly event.
When the media calls, it’s all hands on deck. Monday’s eclipse will bring with it a flurry of news requests, service coordination needs, and skilled emergency management experts on the ground to ensure everyone has the chance to witness Monday’s event safely. Plus, the eclipse event is the perfect way for Oregon agencies to come together to test emergency preparedness plans.
In the spirit of coordinating resources between local and state agencies, the Water Bureau’s Public Information Officer Jaymee Cuti will be in Salem helping local and state agencies monitor eclipse traffic, distribute information to the media and local news agencies, and help things go smoothly.
Staying in town on Monday? Looking for a good viewing point to see the eclipse?
To reduce traffic congestion in the area, the Water Bureau will be closing the vehicle access gates to the Butte on Sunday night and will reopen at 2 p.m. on Monday. Walk to the Butte, just don’t drive! And if you’re walking, please be respectful of the residents that live nearby.
Take what you bring. Stay on marked trails. And don’t forget your non-recalled eclipse glasses. Just take them with you when you leave.
If you’re planning on road-tripping for the solar eclipse, don’t forget to pack extra supplies. Many small towns will be overrun with eclipse event goers, so it makes sense that many shops will run out of supplies sooner than you can ask, “Why's water $5 a bottle?”
Do yourself a favor. Pack supplies like food, water, and first-aid kits.
And don’t forget water. Bring lots of water. Because nobody needs to pay $5 per bottle when – thanks to Bull Run – we’ve got the good stuff for just under 2 cents a gallon.
Oregon will be the first state to view the solar eclipse as it crosses the United States. Learn how to prepare yourself, and what you can expect, with these resources from City of Portland agencies.
Mark your August calendars to join the Portland Water Bureau at the third annual Jade District Night Market.
Water Bureau employees will be on hand to:
When: Saturdays, August 19 and 26
Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Portland Community College Southeast Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave.
The Jade District Night Market events are free, family-friendly, and include retail and food vendors and live entertainment. The Market aims to create community on Southeast 82nd Avenue by bringing local business owners together, and draws the larger Portland community to the multi-ethnic neighborhood.
The Jade District includes the area surrounding Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Division Street. The district was designated by the Prosper Portland as a Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative district in 2011. This public/private partnership transform underserved commercial districts in east Portland into engines of economic growth without displacing the communities that reside there.
Construction continues on a Portland Water Bureau long term project to improve and updates the Washington Park reservoir at 2403 SW Jefferson Street. This project brings the city into compliance with federal and state mandates, seismically strengthens key water infrastructure on Portland’s west side. The improvements also help ensure a healthy, resilient, and secure water system.
A new 12.4-million gallon, seismically reinforced, below ground reservoir will be constructed in the same footprint of existing Reservoir 3 (the upper one) with a reflecting pool/water feature on top. The engineers preserved the historic drinking water function, and improved the reservoir to withstand ongoing landslide encroachment or other potentially catastrophic effects from a major earthquake.
Once completed, the upper reservoir will supply water to Portland’s west side and serve:
The existing Reservoir 4 (the lower one) is disconnected from the public drinking water system and will boast a lowland wildlife habitat area and bioswale. Additionally, a reflecting pool will be constructed in the basin.
Construction started September 12, 2016 and is anticipated to proceed through 2020. A pause is scheduled to occur from 2020 to 2022 to allow soils to settle for greater stability and resiliency. From 2022 to 2024, construction of interpretive features, including the two reflecting pools and surface features, will conclude the project.
Safety is Our Top Priority
The traffic control plan in place has been approved by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. The Water Bureau will be conducting evaluations and adjusting traffic flow as conditions require. The Water Bureau is working with Portland Parks & Recreation, Explore Washington Park, neighborhood associations, and the community to gather on-the-ground feedback and determine if changes are necessary. Please provide your traffic and signage feedback by phone, e-mail, or on the dedicated webpage.
Until March 2018, major earthwork will occur along with the construction of shoring walls necessary for construction of the new underground reservoir. Work during this stage will cause temporary impacts to traffic, parking, and TriMet bus service.
Current to March 2018
Tour Buses, Free Park Shuttle
Traffic Flow Reversal
Multi-Use Shared Path
TriMet Bus Service
When it comes to your outdoor spaces, do you ever just turn on the water and hope for the best?
If you’re not sure about timing and the best way to water, no shame! We’ve all been there.
Leave the water-guilt behind with these five tips for a water efficient landscape.
Start your day with watering to allow broad leaf plants (especially vegetables) a chance to dry off in the afternoon.
Not a morning person? Evening is a good second choice and better than mid-day. Try for after 6 p.m.
Give your plants a good soak to encourage deep root development.
Oregon State University Extension recommends that established garden plants get a thorough watering every five to seven days. If you see water running off, it is likely because the soil can’t absorb the water that quickly. One way to help prevent runoff is to split up your watering time with breaks that allow for water to seep into the ground in-between cycles. Use the weekly watering number, an estimate for how much water your landscape needs based on weather and zip code.
Use this summer to keep track of which plants need more water and plan to group those plants next year. Placing plants with similar moisture needs in the same area makes it easier to ensure they get the water they need without overwatering.
If you water by hand, use an automatic nozzle on your hose. This will save you from sprinting back to your faucet in between watering different parts of your yard. Need a spray nozzle? Drop us a line and we’ll send one off while supplies last. Email us at email@example.com or call 503 823-4527.
If you’re using an in-ground automatic irrigation system, regularly inspect and repair broken heads. Redirect sprinkler heads that are spraying onto pavement. If you plan to purchase an irrigation controller or sprinkler heads, you may be able to save some cash with irrigation rebates! Learn about how to qualify here.
And don’t forget to check for high or low pressure. If your sprinklers are misting, the pressure is too high. If you see a short dome-shaped spray, your pressure is too low.
Take advantage of the irrigation consultation pilot program and get custom recommendations from a landscape professional – for free. Consultations include a walk-through of your system followed by an easy to read set of customized recommendations to improve your watering. Contact us at 503-823-4527 or firstname.lastname@example.org, to determine if you are eligible for a free irrigation consultation.