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Project Coordinator - Forest Pest and Pathogens (Botanic Spec II-Forestry)

City of Portland
Portland, Oregon
Closing date
Jun 21, 2024

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Project Coordinator - Forest Pest and Pathogens (Botanic Spec II-Forestry)

City of Portland

Salary: $77,105.60 - $98,384.00 Annually

Job Type: Regular

Job Number: 2024-00543

Location: Room 105, OR

Bureau: Portland Parks & Recreation

Closing: 6/10/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

The Position

Job Appointment: Full-Time
Work Schedule: Mon-Fri. 7am - 3:30pm
Work Location: Hybrid/work location: The Portland Building 1120 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204. 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 committed to preserving and enhancing the health of our urban forest, and we are seeking a dedicated professional to join our team as the Project Coordinator for Forest Pest and Pathogens. This position will manage the City's response to current and emerging pest and pathogen threats to Portland's trees, including leading development and implementation of the City's Emerald Ash Borer Response Plan and Dutch Elm Disease management program. This position will coordinate planning and response among City workgroups, track and report on program activities and outcomes, and represent the City at the state and regional level. Expertise in entomology, plant pathology, or arboriculture is not necessary for this role. Candidates with experience in public policy, planning, or project management will have relevant skillsets and are encouraged to apply.

What you'll get to do:

  • Coordinate efforts among City workgroups by developing administration systems, processes, and tools to streamline operations and improve efficiency of response.
  • Implement regulatory updates and develop public materials to support pest and pathogen response.
  • Lead the implementation of the Emerald Ash Borer Response Plan and Dutch Elm Disease management program, ensuring the effective and coordinated execution of strategies to minimize impacts.
  • Develop response plans for managing novel tree pest and pathogen threats.
  • Direct seasonal monitoring efforts, conduct program evaluation, and report on outcomes.
  • Serve as a liaison with relevant state and regional entities, fostering collaborative relationships and ensuring the exchange of vital information.
  • Lead educational and outreach initiatives related to tree pests and pathogens, communicating effectively with diverse public audiences, and coordinating efforts with PP&R public relations staff.

As a person, you are:

  • Equity Focused: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) concepts guide and inform your work and your professional relationships.
  • Collaborative and Flexible: A professional who values partnership and develops and supports relationships to get things done. This new position will work on a dynamic team to tackle new and evolving challenges.
  • Solutions Oriented: Uses strong communication skills to work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to create, implement, and document solutions and problem solve.

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 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 Urban & Community Forestry Society.

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.

Virtual Zoom Meet & Greet Opportunity Come 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.
Jun 4, 2024 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting ID: 871 2239 9584
Have a question?
Contact Information:
TroyLynn Craft
Senior Recruiter

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Experience in public policy development and implementation
  2. Experience managing complex projects, including workplan development, leading staff, documenting processes, and evaluating outcomes
  3. Experience developing reports for public audiences, including writing, data analysis, and recommendations
  4. Knowledge of urban forest pest and pathogen management principles and best practices

The Recruitment Process

STEP 1: Apply online between May 20 - June 10, 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 June 10, 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 June 17, 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): Early July

  • 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: Early August

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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