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Botanic Specialist II – Forestry, City of Portland Bureau of Parks & Recreation (Portland, OR)

By Conni Kunzler | May 26, 2016

Deadline: June 13, 2016

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry Division (PP&R) is seeking a Botanic Specialist II – Forestry. The position will under general supervision, develop and manage tree programs and projects in support of Portland’s Urban Forestry Management Plan, including tree inventory, tree planting projects, stewardship programs, and research/citizen science projects.

The Botanic Specialist II – Forestry is integral to sustainable management of Portland’s urban forest. The position assesses impacts of policy, regulation, and programs on Portland’s urban forest, and develops strategies and programs to improve the health, quantity, and quality of the city’s trees. This position is the staff expert on reporting and data, and provides analysis and writes reports on tree canopy, permit activities, and annual reports using a variety of database and software such as ArcGIS. This is a lead staff position, and the candidate will train, lead, and organize other staff and volunteers.

The Botanic Specialist II – Forestry will also perform project management duties, including developing and tracking budgets, procuring and managing contracts, monitoring and communicating project status. The position provides oversight and directs and coordinates the work of contractors, volunteers and other project staff. In addition, the position will provide urban forestry program support including assisting in the development of policies and procedures, assessing program effectiveness, and incorporating changes to meet goals. The Botanic Specialist II – Forestry collaborates closely with the community and participates regionally on urban forestry technical issues. Exercising tact and diplomacy in dealing with difficult or sensitive situations and people is an important ability.

In addition to this position, this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies for Botanic Specialist II – Forestry.

The City of Portland, Oregon is a growing and diverse city of 620,000 residents, nearly 20% of whom speak languages other than English at home. Portland Parks & Recreation values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public. PP&R encourages applications from candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities with diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. 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.

The following minimum qualifications are required:

  • Knowledge and experience with biology and ecology of urban trees and ecosystem management.
  • Ability and experience collecting, maintaining, and analyzing data, evaluating alternatives, and making sound recommendations.
  • Ability and experience training, organizing and supervising paid and volunteer workers possessing a wide variety of skills.
  • Experience with GIS software related to urban forestry data management and analysis.
  • Ability and experience preparing accurate and complete technical documents such as permit applications, project status reports, technical reports, and ordinances.
  • Knowledge and experience with basic principles of public outreach and involvement.

Learn more and apply.

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