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Urban Forestry Community Stewardship Specialist (Botanic Specialist I: Forestry)

City of Portland
Portland, Oregon
Closing date
Apr 5, 2024

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Urban Forestry Community Stewardship Specialist (Botanic Specialist I: Forestry)

City of Portland

Salary: $35.22 - $44.97 Hourly

Job Type: Regular

Job Number: 2024-00256

Location: OR 97217, OR

Bureau: Portland Parks & Recreation

Closing: 3/25/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

The Position

Job Appointment: Full-Time
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 3:30 pm, with occasional Saturdays and evenings.
Work Location: Hybrid/work location: 10910 N. Denver Ave, Portland, OR 97217. Remote work must be performed within Oregon or Washington. For more information, click here.
Benefit: Please check our benefits tab for an overview of benefits for this position
Language Pay Premium Eligible: This position is or may be eligible for Language Pay Differential for qualifying employees.
Union Representation: PROTEC17. To view this labor agreement, please click here

Application Material: Please click APPLY to submit your application via the City of Portland's online portal. You will need to respond to the supplemental questions and attach a resume.

Position Summary:
Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry is seeking a Community Stewardship Specialist (job class Botanic Specialist I: Forestry). Join a growing team dedicated to engaging diverse communities in the planting and care of urban trees. This position leads tree care, planting, and education events for volunteers. The position also conducts outreach with communities and organizations to promote tree planting, care, and job skills. If you are committed to supporting the planting and care of Portland's trees with Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities, low-income residents, and East and North Portland neighborhoods, we want to hear from you!

This position also serves as the sponsor for the Portland Parks & Recreation Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) Tree Crew. The YCC program is a job skills training program for youth, many identifying as BIPOC and/or living with low incomes. As sponsor, this position coordinates with YCC program staff and adult crew leaders to manage a summer Tree Crew as they conduct tree care and inventory activities. During the school year, the sponsor also coordinates and hosts Saturday stewardship days for YCC members.

We are seeking a team member who is deeply committed to ensuring that underserved communities are at the heart of our tree planting and outreach initiatives. In this exciting role you will work in both the office and field. You will also spend significant time working with partners in the community.
What you'll get to do:

Volunteer and Education Events (35%)

  • Plan and conduct fun, inclusive, and safe volunteer events to plant and care for urban trees. Many events are culturally specific and are co-created with partner groups.
  • Develop and conduct urban tree education talks and events focused on engaging BIPOC communities and youth.
  • Teach young tree care, including how to plant, mulch, weed, prune, water, and safely use tools.
  • Organize logistics: select sites, secure permits, write detailed agendas, order supplies, communicate with staff and volunteers, and conduct event set up/tear down.
  • Assess and report on event outcomes, suggesting improvements and tracking progress.

Youth Conservation Crew Tree Crew (35%)

  • Collaborate with the YCC team to manage a summer crew of ten youth, two adult leaders, and one assistant adult crew leader.
  • Organize and plan a schedule of summer tree maintenance and data collection for young trees at school and Park sites.
  • Assist with interviews and selection for adult crew members and youth.
  • Train adult crew leaders on proper tool use, safety, and arboriculture basics. Provide coaching and support to ensure adult crew leaders effectively and safely teach skills to youth in a group setting.
  • Organize tools, supplies, schedules, vehicles, and resources needed to care for trees.
  • Mentor, problem solve, and guide adult crew leaders on tree care and youth management.

Outreach (30%)

  • Seek and cultivate partnerships with community organizations to create joint programming that promotes tree equity, environmental justice, tree planting and tree care.
  • Present, speak, and network at community events to promote urban tree planting and care, PP&R Urban Forestry programs, and job opportunities.
  • Speak passionately about the benefits and services that trees provide, such as shade, clean air and water, habitat, and health.
  • Listen actively and empathetically to partner and community needs and concerns around trees and partnerships.
  • Develop outreach plans, advertising, and social media posts to promote PP&R Urban Forestry programs. Prepare clear and concise communication materials for various audiences.

Who you are:

  • Inclusive and culturally competent: You are a leader and advocate for equity, work effectively across cultures, and thrive in a diverse team.
  • Collaborative: You enjoy working with a team, developing, and supporting relationships, and bringing people together to achieve shared goals.
  • Organized and Efficient: You can manage complex projects, multiple deadlines, requests, and communication.

About Urban Forestry and Portland's Forest:

Urban Forestry's mission is to manage and ensure Portland's urban forest infrastructure for current and future generations. Portland's urban forest is valued at over $6 billion and comprised of over 1.2 million park trees, 218,000 street trees and 2.9 million private property trees. The Urban Forestry's team is responsible for the overall management, stewardship, and improvement of this essential infrastructure system. Urban Forestry's work includes delivery of sustainable and equitable forest services to all Portlanders; establishing and enacting best management practices, plans, policies and technical standards for tree care and protection and urban forest expansion; implementing, enforcing and proposing improvements to the City's tree regulations; providing tree maintenance services including 24/7 response to tree emergencies on City properties and public streets; tree planting and expansion of urban forest services; measurement and assessment of urban forest coverage, health and services; offering community education and stewardship programs; and oversight and support of the City's volunteer advisory tree board. Portland is a Tree City USA for 45 years; a Tree City of the World and the Urban Forestry program is accredited by the Society of Municipal Arborists.

About the Bureau:
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is committed to the overall Citywide vision that race will have no detrimental effect on people of color, refugee and immigrant communities in accessing our parks and natural areas, or from the benefit of our services. We recognize, understand, and encourage celebration of the differences that surround us. Diversity and equity are vital to PP&R's ideals and values. The City of Portland, Oregon is a growing and diverse city of 650,000 residents, nearly 20% of whom speak languages other than English at home. PP&R 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 application materials. Multilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Meet & Greet Opportunities
Virtual Meet and GreetCome meet the hiring manager and the senior recruiter! We'll be talking about the position duties and responsibilities, day to day life in the role, review the announcement, discuss how to apply, and answer questions you may have about the position.
March 12, 202412:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 823 3227 1487
In Person Meet and GreetDiscover the joys of tree planting while exploring various career opportunities in the field of Urban Forestry. This event offers a unique blend of hands-on experience and networking opportunities for individuals eager to make a difference.
Join our Tree Planting and Career Fair
March 9, 202410 am - 1 pmJohn Luby Park, 12701-13001 NE Brazee St., Portland, OR 97230
Register Here
Have a question?
Contact Information:
TroyLynn Craft
Senior Recruiter

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  • Experience conducting outreach, events, or programs for diverse audiences, such as Black, Indigenous, and people of color and those living with low incomes.
  • Experience working with teenagers from different backgrounds and life experiences; knowledge of adolescent teen behavior; and the ability to coach and mentor adults on how to effectively work with teens.
  • Experience with urban tree planting and care and the ability to teach basic urban tree planting and care skills.
  • Experience communicating cross culturally with diverse audiences, through writing, public speaking, and/or engagement.

Applicants must also possess:

  • A valid state driver's license and acceptable driving record.
  • The ability to perform both office and outdoor work in all weather conditions.
  • The ability to sit, stand, and walk over uneven terrain.
  • The ability to stoop or bend.
  • The ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

    The Recruitment Process

    STEP 1: Apply online between March 4 - 25, 2024

    Required Application Materials:
  • Resume
  • Answer to the Supplemental Questions (click on the Questions tab to preview the questions)

Optional Application Materials:

  • If you would like to request Veteran's Preference, please submit your Veteran documents (ex, DD214-Member 4, VA Benefit Letter, etc.) by the closing date of the recruitment.
  • Application Tips:
  • Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained, which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.
  • Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis: Please note per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law your salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.
  • Do not attach any additional documents.
  • Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment.
  • Step 2: Minimum Qualification Evaluation: Week of March 25, 2024
  • An evaluation of each applicant's training and paid and unpaid experience, as demonstrated in their resume and supplemental questions, weighted 100%.
  • Your resume and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • You have 14 days from the notice of the minimum qualification evaluation results to let us know if you would like to review and discuss your evaluation result. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information.
  • Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.
  • Step 3: Establishment of Eligible List: Week of April 1, 2024
  • Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list.
  • Please note, the selection process may take up to 90 days from the notification of being placed on the eligible list.
  • Step 4: Selection (Interview): April
  • Hiring bureau will review and select candidates for an interview.
  • Please note, the selection process may take up to 90 days from the notification of being placed on the eligible list.
  • Step 5: Offer of Employment: May

    Step 6: Start Date:
  • A start date will be determined after all conditions of employment have been met.
  • *Timeline is approximate and subject to change.

    Additional Information

    Click here for additional information regarding the following:
  • City of Portland Core Values
  • Recruitment Process - Work Status
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Veteran Preference
  • ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations
  • An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

    To apply, please visit

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