Arborist I - Open Continuous

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 9/19/2022

This recruitment will remain open until December 12, 2022. The initial application review will consist of all applications received by 10/16/22 at 11:59PM.

About this position:

The Arborist I, provides basic ground support for tree-related work and ground support for higher level arborists as a trainee. Work is performed in a field environment, outdoors in all weather conditions, negotiating rough terrain and working around traffic. Incumbents may be required to lift up to 100 pounds. Arborists work out of Urban Forestry Headquarters, East Delta Park, Portland.

As an Arborist I, you will:
  • Prune, remove, apply pest treatment, and plant trees accessible by ground or ladder.
  • Operate and maintain equipment, tools, and vehicles used in the care of trees including but not limited to small to mid-size tractors and attachments, trailers, tree spades, air compressors, chippers, stump grinders, and chainsaws.
  • Provide traffic and pedestrian control.
  • Respond to work during emergencies, both during and after standard shift.
  • Remove tree hazards and fallen trees during storms and emergencies
  • Answer questions/ concerns from other employees and the public.
  • Complete daily work and field reports, organizing and processing needed paperwork or other information-gathering methods.

As a person, you are:
  • Collaborative: An outgoing professional who values partnership and develops and supports relationships to get things done.
  • Inclusive: Someone who values and respects diversity and has a desire or experience working with and serving people from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Emotionally Intelligent: Motivated, passionate, team-oriented, and empathetic.

This classification is represented by Portland City Laborers' Local 483 (LiUNA) To view this labor agreement, please go to and click on the appropriate link.

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.

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 44 years, a Tree City of the World and the Urban Forestry program is accredited by the Society of Municipal Arborists.

City of Portland Core Values:
Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility

These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?

The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, all City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is required for all positions at the City of Portland. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required by date of hire. You may request an exception, for health or religious reasons, from getting the COVID-19 vaccine at the time a position is offered.

The City is offering an optional information meeting for this recruitment. Please see the Additional Information section below for details.

Applicants must provide details in their supplemental question responses and résumé showing how their education, training, work experience, and/or lived experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Ability to learn professional arboricultural practices including the use and operation of tools and equipment used in the care of trees.
  2. Ability to learn how to safely and effectively performing assigned work while meeting OSHA and ANSI standards for tree operations.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, able to understand and follow written and verbal instructions.
  4. Ability to work effectively with co-workers in a diverse workforce, and work constructively within a team.

Applicants must also possess:

  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.
  • A valid state driver's license and an acceptable driving record at the time of appointment.
  • Ability to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver's License within six (6) months of the hire date.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain Electrical Hazards Awareness (EHAP) certificate or equivalent within six (6) months of the hire date .
  • Ability to obtain a Work Zone Traffic Control Certification within six (6) months of the hire date .
  • Ability to obtain an Oregon Public Pesticide Applicators License within two (2) years of the hire date.

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their résumé and answers to the supplemental questions, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. 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.

**PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

Recruitment Activity Schedule:

  • Job Posting closes: 12/12/2022
  • Applications Reviewed: Periodically approximately every three weeks
  • Eligible List / Notices Generated: within two week of applications received being reviewed.
  • Interviews: Periodically scheduled after eligible lists are established and a positions need to be filled.
  • Job Offer: Early November and then there after as positions are to be filled.
*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.

Applicant Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional resume and responses to the supplemental questions online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

  • Your résumé 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.
  • 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.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: 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.

Language Pay Differential: City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a “language pay differential.” This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skills to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.

Did you know? The City of Portland offers How to Apply Classes that are free and review best practices for applying to the City. Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates:

Contact Information
Tamara Larison, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-3523

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

To assist you in understanding this position and the recruitment process, we will offer an Optional Information Session that will provide you with details about the position and about the application process. You are not required to attend to apply for this job. You are welcome to join us for the optional session below:

Monday, October 3, 2022
PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

To view the recording from the information session, click here.

Listing Type
Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Full Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$26.75 - $28.76 Hourly
Salary Type

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