Botanic Technician I - Seasonal/Casual (CSA II)

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 2/12/2024

The Portland Water Bureau is a seeking qualified candidate to join them as a Botanic Technician I - Seasonal/Casual (Community Service Aide II)!

About the Position

Job Appointment: Casual/Seasonal.

This position is identified as one that performs Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17 (PROTEC17) body of work similar to that of a Botanic Technician I. This position will be temporarily placed into the classification of Community Service Aide II (CSA II) and then converted to a PROTEC17 classification once it has been identified.

Community Service Aide (CSA II) positions have a maximum of 1,400 hours in a calendar year.

Work Location:

The role will report to work at Sandy River Station, located near the confluence of the Bull Run and Sandy rivers in Sandy (adjacent to Dodge Park). The address is: 10991 SE Lusted Road, Sandy, OR 97055

Work Schedule: This role will work approximately two to three days per week, within a range of 16-30 hours per week. This position may be year-round or may have a break during the months of December and January depending on the workload.

Benefits: This role may receive holiday and sick leave depending on their work schedule and hours worked. This position is not eligible for vacation, or service credit. The position may qualify for medical coverage under the federal Affordable Health Care Act (ACA). Such coverage will be equivalent to the medical, dental and vision coverage offered to other seasonal employees. Please click here for more information.

Union Representation: This classification is represented by Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17 (PROTEC17). Contract rights for seasonal/casual employees are provided under Schedule C. To view this labor agreement, please click here.

Application Materials: Please click APPLY to submit your application via the City of Portland’s online portal. You will need to submit a résumé and cover letter for this application.

Position Summary

The Portland Water Bureau seeks a qualified candidate to assist in the collection of field data and invasive plant control. The Botanical Technician will work under the direction of Water Bureau Resource Protection staff. This role will focus on invasive plant surveys and control, vegetation restoration efforts, GIS data entry, and other duties as assigned. The position will primarily work independently, with some occasional team-setting work. The candidate may be cross-trained to perform other duties, such as conducting fish surveys or collecting other biological field. The Bureau prefers that the applicants are able and willing to perform:

  1. Data recording and record keeping
  2. Native and invasive plant identification
  3. invasive plant removal
  4. Assistance with vegetation restoration efforts
  5. Use of GIS/GPS in tracking and locating plant populations
The Botanic Technician I will be expected to operate a City of Portland vehicle. This role may be required to work during inclement weather conditions and must have the physical ability to walk over uneven or steep terrain.

Once hired, this role will be required to obtain and maintain an herbicide applicators license through the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

About the Portland Water Bureau:

The Portland Water Bureau serves water to nearly a million people in the Portland area. Portland’s water system includes two great water sources, 53 tanks and reservoirs, and 2,200 miles of pipes. The bureau employs approximately 600 people in a variety of professions including maintenance and construction, engineering and design, water treatment and resource protection, customer service and communications, and much more. The bureau values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and people with disabilities, are encouraged to apply for this position. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply and language pay differential may be available for language skills.

Our mission: We serve excellent water every minute of every day.

Our vision: The water our community loves is safe and abundant for generations to come.

Our equity commitment: We work to uproot systemic inequities and their impacts on our employees and the people we serve. We commit to the difficult—and essential—work of transforming Water Bureau policies, practices, and culture to better serve historically and currently oppressed communities.

More Information about the Portland Water Bureau.

Information Session

Come meet the hiring manager and recruiter! During this session, we will cover a variety of topics including - discussing position duties and responsibilities, reviewing the job announcement, and answering any questions you may have about the position.

Monday, February 26, 2024

12:00PM – 1:00PM Pacific Standard Time (US and Canada)

Zoom Link:

Have a question?

Contact Information:

Vanessa Valdez, Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources

The following minimum qualifications are required for these positions:

1. Ability to effectively and safely navigate and work in remote, outdoor areas in all weather conditions. Some of this work may be on uneven terrain.

2. Knowledge and ability to operate City utility vehicles in natural areas, parks, and roadways

3. Ability to track multiple organizational processes during a workday (i.e. multiple mapping protocols and procedures for working in the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit)

4. Experience working collaboratively in a diverse team environment.

5. Ability and knowledge of standard office operating procedures, such as basic computer usage, typing, filing, and customer service

Applicants must also:

Step 1: Apply online between February 12, 2024 – March 4, 2023

Required Application Materials:

  • Résumé
  • Cover Letter

Optional Application Materials:

Veteran documents to request for Veteran Preference (ex, DD214-Member 4, VA Benefit Letter, etc)

Application Tips

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. 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.

Step 2: Minimum Qualification Evaluation: Week of 3/4/2024

An evaluation of each applicant's training and paid and unpaid experience, as demonstrated in their résumé and cover letter, weighted 100%.

Your résumé and cover letter 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.

Step 3: Establishment of Eligible List: Week of 3/11/2024

Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list.

Step 4: Selection (Interview): Week of 3/18/2024

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: Late March 2024

Step 6: Start Date: Late March - Early April 2024

A start date will be determined after all conditions of employment have been met.

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change without notice.

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

Salary28.00 - 30.00 Hour
Listing Type
Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Part Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
28.00 - 30.00
Salary Type

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